2009 Nissan Pathfinder

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$27,210

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2009 Nissan Pathfinder

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-8 acceleration
  • Dashboard controls
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Rear visibility
  • Cargo accessibility
  • Front cabin storage

The bad:

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2009 Nissan Pathfinder trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2009 Nissan Pathfinder review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

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Nissan’s first Pathfinder blazed a trail when it was introduced in 1986. The Pathfinder is, and has always been, a trucklike vehicle with off-road characteristics and a more rugged persona than many of the now-popular crossover SUVs. It has standard third-row seating.

Prices start at $27,210 for a two-wheel-drive S and top out at $40,210 for a four-wheel-drive LE with the optional 310-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8. The test vehicle was a four-wheel-drive SE, and its base price was $32,510. The V-8 has a 7,000-pound towing capacity.

The 4.0-liter engine has 266 horsepower. It delivers the bulk of its power across a wide rpm range. Although this engine is similar to the one found in the Altima, Maxima and Murano, it has a longer stroke that gives it more torque, and that’s useful in an SUV. The V-6 can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Fuel mileage is rated at 14 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway.

The aluminum-block engine also has variable valve timing, a variable intake system and an electronic throttle.

The five-speed automatic transmission has widely spaced gears for strong acceleration and relaxed cruising.

The Pathfinder’s rugged looks play a large part in its appeal. It has a fully boxed all-steel frame that contributes to the vehicle’s weight, but it also has the strength for heavy towing and off-road use.

The wheelbase is 112.2 inches and overall length is 187.6 inches. Short front and rear overhangs are useful for off-roading.

While the Pathfinder has a rugged persona, the cabin of the SE is far from rough. The test vehicle’s heated leather front seats were quite comfortable, and creature comforts included a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker Bose stereo with XM satellite radio.

The Pathfinder’s third-row seat is fairly small, but it does provide a place for youngsters. The third seat is split 50/50, and it yields a flat cargo floor when folded. The back of the seat is covered with a hard surface, and eight hooks in the cargo hold are convenient for tying down gear.

The second-row seat is split into a 40/20/40 unit with three sections. A one-touch release lever moves the outer sections for easy access to the third row. The second-row seat also has a storage area underneath it.

The SE has standard side and side-curtain airbags.

Price

The test vehicle’s base price was $32,510. Options included sunroof, heated leather seats and Bose stereo with satellite radio. The sticker price was $38,190.

Warranty

Three years or 36,000 miles with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2009 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4X4

Engine: 4.0-liter, 266-hp V-6

Transmission: Automatic

Four-wheel drive

Wheelbase: 112.2 inches

Curb weight: 4,801 lbs.

Base price: $32,510

As driven: $38,190

MPG rating: 14 city, 20 hwy.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

well i am at 149.401 miles ; what should i do?

just past insection all is well there,, i thought i put new brakes and rotors a couple tears ago. but i was wrong , i put front braks and rotors and rear springs, no big deal but do i pu another 450 bucks in back breaks, i didnt rotatate tires on last oil change so i fell the front pulling against each other, so rotate tires and breaks and rotors and keep it,, the used truck market around her is CRAZY 150K 2013 S for 25995; than tell you your has too many miles.. people are walking away thousands upside down.. the truck market will drop, as gas goes up;; i will keep yiu posted

4.1

my miles are climing

i just hit 145,000 ;2 months ago it stalled comming back from lake,,it would shut off and sometimes starts and goes,,WELL A HOLE ON TOP OF MUFFLER MELTED MY COMPLETE WIRE HARNESS,,59 FEET LONG,,other than that she is perfect''

4.4

a follow up from 2-17-18,,now 2-27 20

well i bought with 107k 09 pathfinder se 4x4, i put new tires on [becuse i wanted to] the coil spring in back need to replace,[ dam pot hole] put on hd shocks,,let me tell you it tows a bass boat excellent,total pkg,4400,handles very good and sure footed,pulls great on boat ramps,i had dealer put on hd front breaks and rotors,no complaints,,and i have been towing bass boats 25 years with lots of trucks,and suv [navagator-surberban] mostly a truck,this nissan does everthing very good,and its a power house'now 137.751 miles,

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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