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By Cars.com Staff
September 12, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Nissan Pathfinder is a body-on-frame sport utility vehicle with three rows of seats. For 2008, the Pathfinder received a new V-8 engine, and its center dash controls were redone for a more refined appearance. The Pathfinder comes in S, SE and LE trims with the V-6; the V-8 is only available in the LE. Competitors include the Jeep Commander and Ford Explorer.
New for 2009 Side-impact and side curtain airbags are now standard.
Exterior The Pathfinder features short overhangs and pronounced fender flares. The rear door handles are placed vertically on the C-pillars, and the SUV has an integrated front bumper. The Pathfinder's grille design is similar to Nissan's larger Armada.
Built on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the Pathfinder is 192.3 inches long and 72.8 inches wide, making it just slightly smaller than the Explorer. The Commander is shorter and wider than the Pathfinder.
16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
Standard front fog lamps
Standard power mirrors
Standard running boards (optional on S)
Optional automatic headlamps (standard on V-8 LE)
Optional heated mirrors (standard on LE)
Optional power moonroof
Tailgate's glass window can flip up independent of hatch
Interior Seven-passenger seating includes split, folding second- and third-row seats. The front passenger seat also folds. The second-row seat is split 40/20/40. The 50/50-split third row folds into the floor with the head restraints in place. Eight utility hooks are installed in the rear cargo area, and storage is provided under the second-row seats.
Cargo room behind the third row is 16.5 cubic feet, which is better than the Commander and Explorer. The Pathfinder's 79.2-cubic-foot maximum falls just short of the Explorer (83.7) but exceeds the Commander (68.5).
Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
Standard dual-zone automatic climate control (optional on S)
Standard cruise control, power windows and speed-sensitive locks
Optional heated front seats (standard on LE)
Optional Bose audio system (standard on LE)
Optional DVD entertainment system
Optional navigation system
Under the Hood The Pathfinder is available with either a V-6 or V-8 engine. All Pathfinders have a five-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can tow up to 7,000 pounds. A tow-hitch receiver is standard, and the SUV can have rear- or four-wheel drive, which includes automatic and low-range modes.
266-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 288 pounds-feet of torque
310-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 with 388 pounds-feet of torque
Five-speed automatic transmission
Rear-wheel drive, part-time or full-time four-wheel drive
Safety Safety features include:
Standard side-impact and side curtain airbags
Standard antilock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution
Standard electronic stability and traction control
Optional rearview camera (standard on LE)
Active front head restraints
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