The price of the Nissan Pathfinder has risen slightly for 2019, but the automaker is trying to sweeten the deal with extra features and a few additional tech touches across the seven-passenger SUV's lineup. The Pathfinder's base price climbs by $190 to start at $32,225 (all prices include destination).
Four trim levels are again offered: S, SV, SL and the range-topping Platinum. Adding all-wheel drive costs an additional $1,690 regardless of trim. Along with the $190 price bump, base S models feature a rear sonar system standard. Interestingly, the biggest price jump between model years is right in the middle of the range: The 2018 Pathfinder SV, equipped with front- or all-wheel drive, would have cost $34,725 or $36,415, respectively; their 2019 counterparts are both $540 pricier than before. The SL trim levels have a more modest $170 bump upward, while the price of Platinum models is the same as before at $43,565 and $45,255 for front- and all-wheel-drive versions.
All Pathfinders come equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 284 horsepower and 259 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is mated to one choice of gearbox, a continuously variable automatic transmission. In addition to the rear sonar system, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and Nissan's Rear Door Alert system — which was standard for the first time on the 2018 Pathfinder — also remain standard on all Pathfinders. Previous options, such as blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control, are now standard on the SV trim level and above.
It's worth noting the 2018 Pathfinder was given only a marginal score for the effectiveness of its headlights during testing by IIHS. To counter this, Nissan now equips the SL and Platinum trim levels with LED headlights as standard.
People with lots of devices to charge will appreciate that Nissan is now including two USB-C ports in all Pathfinders. This brings the Pathfinder's total USB count to six; four USB-A outlets were already standard. One new color, Mocha Almond Pearl, has also been added for 2019.
Thanks to its flexible seating arrangement and comfortable ride, the Pathfinder is a favorite for families who need extra room for hauling people, cargo or a combination of the two. With this in mind, value remains a top priority in this market segment, which includes strong competition from rivals like the Toyota Highlander, Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, and Kia Sorento. Compare those models here.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is on sale and at dealerships now.
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