2012 Nissan Pathfinder

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2012 Nissan Pathfinder
2012 Nissan Pathfinder

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

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

The bad:

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

4 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Nissan Pathfinder review: Our expert's take

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, Silver and LE trims with a V-6 engine; a V-8 is available only in the LE. Competitors include the Toyota 4Runner and Dodge Nitro.

New for 2012
Select Pathfinder trims gain more features for 2012, with the Silver adding a power moonroof and a DVD entertainment system and the LE getting a standard navigation system.

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

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:

  • Cloth or leather seating surfaces
  • Optional dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional satellite radio
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional DVD entertainment system with 7-inch screen
  • 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 V-8 Pathfinder can tow up to 7,000 pounds; the V-6 is rated for 6,000 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 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 backup camera


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Bought it new in 2012, never a problem

I have used this vehicle for towing, transporting groups. I just hit 100,00 miles and i'm keeping it. Never had a problem. 8 years and I hope to get 8 years more. Glad I bought it. Every time I bring it in for service, they offer me to trade it in at a good price and I say no.


2012 The Best SUV / Truck one can buy

The 2012 Nissan pathfinder 4x4 is one power suv / truck , Having towed out a dodge ram from a muddy road in spring in Montana was perfect for what it was meant to do ! I use mine on Dirt roads and it handles them better than any other truck in my 40 years of driving! Millage of my 2012 Nissan 4x4 pathfinder is ( 281 ,367 ) miles.


Amazing performance car.

Powerful, excellent stability while driving a high speed, remote starting which is so helpful on winter time, back up camera which is the best and very helpful, V6 4.0 power that make me to go from cero (0 ) MPH to 70 MPH in just 5 seconds. You cannot get better car than this, 3er Row that gives you space for 7 persons.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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