2008 Nissan Pathfinder

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Powerful V-8 engine
  • Standard stability system
  • 7,000-lb. towing capacity

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Side curtain airbags not standard

Notable Features of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder

  • V-6 or new V-8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Seven seats
  • RWD or 4WD

2008 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The 2008 Pathfinder is relatively unchanged, aside from the newly available V-8 engine. Larry Dominique, Nissan vice president of product planning, said a V-8 was added to the Pathfinder lineup in response to customer demand for more engine power. Rated at 300-plus horsepower, the V-8 gives the seven-seat Pathfinder SUV the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Pathfinder's center dash controls have also been redone and now have a more refined appearance.

Exterior
For the most part, the Pathfinder looks much like last year's model. The front bumper has been mildly restyled and the doors have new rub strips. Standard aluminum wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17- and 18-inch wheels are offered. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
The Pathfinder has room for seven. Cloth seats are standard and leather seats are optional. The available navigation system includes a 9.3 GB hard drive that can hold music files. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a Bose sound system and a DVD entertainment system are optional.

Under the Hood
The base 4.0-liter V-6 makes 266 hp, while the optional 5.6-liter V-8 produces 300-plus hp and 380-plus pounds-feet of torque. The engines both team with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, active front head restraints and an electronic stability system are standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and ...
Vehicle Overview
The 2008 Pathfinder is relatively unchanged, aside from the newly available V-8 engine. Larry Dominique, Nissan vice president of product planning, said a V-8 was added to the Pathfinder lineup in response to customer demand for more engine power. Rated at 300-plus horsepower, the V-8 gives the seven-seat Pathfinder SUV the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Pathfinder's center dash controls have also been redone and now have a more refined appearance.

Exterior
For the most part, the Pathfinder looks much like last year's model. The front bumper has been mildly restyled and the doors have new rub strips. Standard aluminum wheels measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17- and 18-inch wheels are offered. A sunroof is optional.

Interior
The Pathfinder has room for seven. Cloth seats are standard and leather seats are optional. The available navigation system includes a 9.3 GB hard drive that can hold music files. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a Bose sound system and a DVD entertainment system are optional.

Under the Hood
The base 4.0-liter V-6 makes 266 hp, while the optional 5.6-liter V-8 produces 300-plus hp and 380-plus pounds-feet of torque. The engines both team with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes, active front head restraints and an electronic stability system are standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and power-adjustable pedals are optional.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

My friends are jealous

by PizzaGuy from Cullman, AL on September 30, 2018

I love my 2008 LE V8, I bought this used about 6 months ago after a hail storm totalled my 09 SE V6. The difference is substantial. It's my grocery getting race car. It's super quiet and it's the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Hated to trade it in

by Jersey Girl from Maplewood, NJ on July 4, 2018

Loved my Pathfinder. But we got a third dog and when the puppy got big and needed a larger crate there simply wasn't enough room to put a third big dog crate in it. With regular maintenance it ran ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Nissan Pathfinder currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2008 Nissan Pathfinder has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pathfinder received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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