• (4.1) 27 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,676–$12,092
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7
2006 Nissan Pathfinder

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Nissan Pathfinder

What We Don't Like

  • Noise levels while accelerating
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Ride comfort on imperfect surfaces

Notable Features

  • 270-hp, 4.0-liter V-6
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Related to full-size Armada
  • RWD or 4WD

2006 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2005, the Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle features a 4.0-liter V-6 and three rows of seats. Built with body-on-frame construction, the Pathfinder has a fully independent double-wishbone suspension. The four-wheel-drive SE Off-Road model features Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

Changes are minor for 2006. SE models can be equipped with leather seats, and the SE Comfort Package gains a six-CD changer. Majestic Blue is a new exterior color.


Exterior
The Pathfinder's styling is considered an evolution of the previous version, with short overhangs and pronounced fender flares. The rear door handles are located 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, and its platform is derived from that SUV, too. The tailgate's glass window flips up. Running boards, heated mirrors and a sunroof are optional.

Built on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the Pathfinder is 187.6 inches long overall and stands as tall as 70.1 inches, not counting the roof rack. Performance-type shock absorbers are available on the Off-Road model. Tires up to 17 inches in diameter can be mounted on the Pathfinder.


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 and has a one-touch release lever for third-row access.

The 50/50-split third-row seat 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 middle-row seats.

Options include leather-appointed power heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, a DVD-based navigation system, DVD-based video entertainment and a Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.


Under the Hood
The Pathfinder's 4.0-liter V-6 produces 270 horsepower and 291 pounds-feet of torque. Operating with electronic throttle control, the V-6 features Continuous Valve Timing Control. All Pathfinders have a five-speed-automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds. A tow-hitch receiver is standard, and the SUV can have rear-wheel drive or All-Mode four-wheel drive, which includes automatic and Low-range modes.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard. Side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags that protect outboard occupants in all three rows are available. Vehicle Dynamic Control and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard.

Driving Impressions
The Pathfinder performs capably on the highway and in the wilderness. It's quiet while cruising and emits a slight truck-type drone. Its engine snarls a bit during hard acceleration.

A four-wheel-drive Pathfinder maneuvers smartly through challenging offroad obstacles. Nissan's Hill Descent Control works with amazing expertise to control the SUV's speed during downhill runs. Hill Start Assist can also be helpful.

The ride is easygoing on smooth roads, but even small bumps are felt. The driver might notice just a touch of wander on some curvy routes, but the Pathfinder is an easy SUV to drive. Entry and exit isn't too difficult, and you don't feel like you're climbing up into the Pathfinder. The seats offer good support, and the seat bottoms are short but well cushioned.


Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 27 reviews

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by Mylizas from Hartford, CT on November 1, 2017

Great used car for my busy family. Transport kids and their friends! Sports equipment and school equipment.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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