2012 Nissan Pathfinder

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$29,290

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

17

Combined MPG

7

Seating capacity

192.3” x 72.0”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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.

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:

  • 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
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 4.2
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

400K still going strong!!

2012 Best truck ever made! But it used with alittle over 30k , Just reached 400K ( 397,899 ) Powerful V8 363 HP ! Got it out on open road with a max speed of 152 MPH She flew like a bat out of xxxx! Nissan was stupid to change this model!!

5.0

The Beast! R52 2012 Pathfinder

Our 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is a Beast! 375K Miles on her and going strong !! Top notch off road SUV is more powerful than a F250 truck! We haved pulled out Jeeps and F250s even a H2 out of our Muddy Roads in our town ! The power of speed is incredible! 135 mph Feels like 80 mph ! It climbs steep hills at 70 mph without any problems! Its a heavy duty SUV that will last a lifetime if maintained!!

5.0

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.

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Safety

Based on the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder base trim.
Risk of rollover
23.7%
Rollover rating
3

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
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.)
Powertrain
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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