• (4.6) 5 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,373–$14,589
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 266-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7
2009 Nissan Pathfinder

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Nissan Pathfinder

What We Don't Like

  • Gas mileage
  • Ride over rough pavement
  • Handling and body roll
  • Dashboard plastics
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Truck-like brakes

Notable Features

  • V-6 or V-8
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Seats seven
  • RWD or 4WD
  • 7,000-pound towing capacity

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

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.

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

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 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

Consumer Reviews


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by SebbySmooth51 from North bellmore NY on May 9, 2017

The car is great. I don't understand why they changed the way the car looks in 2013. It had a very nice look to it and the brakes were great...it drove smooth...the stereo was amazing...and the seat... Read Full Review

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8 Trims Available

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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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.


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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