• (4.6) 24 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,508–$18,540
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 15-18
  • Engine: 266-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 7
2011 Nissan Pathfinder

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Nissan Pathfinder

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Pathfinder is a body-on-frame SUV that comes standard with three rows of seats for seven-passenger capacity. It's the smaller sibling to Nissan's full-size Armada. The Pathfinder comes in S, SV (formerly SE), Silver Edition and LE trims with a V-6 engine; a V-8 is available only in the LE. Competitors include the Jeep Commander and Ford Explorer.

New for 2011
A new Silver Edition model that commemorates the Pathfinder's 25th anniversary comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free phone operation, XM radio (subscription required after a three-month trial) and Nissan's integrated key-fob entry system.

Exterior
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 the Armada's. Exterior features include:

  • 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Optional running boards
  • Optional automatic headlamps
  • Optional heated mirrors
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Rear window can flip up independent of liftgate

Interior
Seven-passenger seating includes split, folding second and third rows. 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. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or leather seating surfaces
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional Bose audio system
  • Optional DVD entertainment system with 7-inch color monitor
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional heated steering wheel

Under the Hood
The Pathfinder is available with either a V-6 or V-8 engine. All Pathfinders have a five-speed automatic transmission. All models can have rear- or four-wheel drive, which includes automatic and low-range modes, except the LE V-8, which is four-wheel drive only. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can tow up to 7,000 pounds. A tow-hitch receiver is standard. Mechanical features include:

  • 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
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

Consumer Reviews

(4.6)

Average based on 24 reviews

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Very Reliable and Versatile

by bpollack from Sarasota on October 29, 2017

I have ow ed many Nissans and have not had any problems ever! This is a great vehicle and was still built on a truck chassis making it tough. Gas mileage could be better, average 17.5, 22 on Hwy.

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

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Warranties Explained

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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