2012 Nissan Pathfinder
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It Saved Our Lives

by from Houston, Tx on October 26, 2013

My 2012 Pathfinder was recently totaled in a serious accident. I'm shocked to see it only scored a marginal rating for rear impact. We were at a full stop (red light) and rear ended by some idiot goin...
My 2012 Pathfinder was recently totaled in a serious accident. I'm shocked to see it only scored a marginal rating for rear impact. We were at a full stop (red light) and rear ended by some idiot going over 60mph. The extreme force of the impact pushed us into the full sized pickup in front of us. The various officers on the scene of the accident basically said we'd be dead if it weren't for our Pathfinder and its truck frame. Miraculously, we all walked away...the entire cabin was intact...not even a bit a glass broken. The frame in the back had bent all the way underneath and was kinked in several sections, but we're living proof that this vehicle can withstand a serious rear impact much better than the IIHS tests indicate. Waiting on my insurance $ so I can go buy another. Very disappointing that the 2013 is no longer on a truck frame. In fact, it's been one of the 3 rental vehicles I had in the insurance nightmare related to this and the 2013 Pathfinder is a joke compared to the 2012. Beyond the accident matters, if you don't have a lead foot, it is quite possible to get the 22mph fuel rating. I have also sat in my 3rd row, and while cramped in the legroom area...there was lots of headroom. The seat fabric leaves a lot to be desired, but the actual seat design is comfortable. We'd taken ours on several long road trips as well as camping trips and found it to be wonderful. The cargo area is awesome!
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Love it!

by from Phoenix on May 12, 2013

This vehicle is perfect for our family of 5. It's a smooth, comfortable ride, and there is room for friends with easy to collapse third row seating when it's not needed. I like the height, and it's no...
This vehicle is perfect for our family of 5. It's a smooth, comfortable ride, and there is room for friends with easy to collapse third row seating when it's not needed. I like the height, and it's not a huge SUV that is difficult to park or drive. The kids and I love it!
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No complaints, one of the best I have ever owned

by from Guelph Ontario Canada on November 15, 2016

I hung on to my 2003 Infiniti QX4 as long as I could, it was a great truck, and the pathfinder had some big shoes to fill. I am more happy every day with my purchase. I have been driving it for 6 mon...
I hung on to my 2003 Infiniti QX4 as long as I could, it was a great truck, and the pathfinder had some big shoes to fill. I am more happy every day with my purchase. I have been driving it for 6 months. The only negative is lack of blue tooth audio for the stereo, but it does have a 3.5mm input and a hard drive system that you can record your CD's (if you still have some) The engine is powerful, not too bad on gas, I average 13.5L/100KM , and the overall ride is smooth. Styling is personal, but I like it much better than the car based minivan looks of the 2013+ pathfinders. One of the best things about this truck is that it doesn't hold it's value as much as the only other similar SUV on the market, which is the 4 Runner. I paid $23,000 for my 2012 pathfinder in the spring of 2016. A similar 4 Runner would have cost me over $30,000 Interior space is great, it is bigger than most mid size SUV , but not too big outside that it is hard to park. Overall great truck
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Third Pathfinder

by from Houston, TX on March 5, 2017

I bought this used because I don't care for the new body style. I am a Pathfinder person since 1987 bought my 87 used it lasted me for ten years and was traded in my my ex... Oh well, I bought a use...
I bought this used because I don't care for the new body style. I am a Pathfinder person since 1987 bought my 87 used it lasted me for ten years and was traded in my my ex... Oh well, I bought a used 1995 Pathfinder used and it did well until last year. I figure being happy with a truck for 21 years was good enough... The 2012 needed a little work its 4wd but purchased it fore $8900, the ride like all Pathies is truck like don't expect a car ride. The design is great on the outside it speaks of strength when you look at it. Inside could have been a little friendlier on the third row but anyone just about that is 12 or under should be just fine. Older folks should be good for a short ride like to town or around town, doubt it would do for a long trip. Center row leg room is a little cramped but even that would be good for a fairly long trip for any size person. The front, well, that is what car designers want to please, and they pleased me plenty. Foot pedal, seat adjustments and tilt steering make the driver, me, happy, the back up camera is something all SUV's need and I love them all. Finally, if you want a smooth cushiony ride buy a car or a mini van, not a truck... and both of my previous trucks lasted over 200,000 miles the second one lasted over 300,000 miles you have to replace a few of the peripherals on the engine about 150,000 to 200,000 but you keep it past that and it just runs and runs... good trucks, ok GREAT trucks.
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2012 Pathfinder

by from San Antonio Tx on December 30, 2012

Just took 1000 mile road trip. Pulled a trailer no problem plenty of horsepower rides great. 4 wheel drive works good very good car so far.
Just took 1000 mile road trip. Pulled a trailer no problem plenty of horsepower rides great. 4 wheel drive works good very good car so far.
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Loved this car. Just didn't need large car anymore

by from Cincinnati, Oh on April 2, 2017

I only owned this car for about 2 years. I was great for vacations and golf trips. I sold it because I accepted an aoutside sales position and needed something with better fues economy. It did alost 2...
I only owned this car for about 2 years. I was great for vacations and golf trips. I sold it because I accepted an aoutside sales position and needed something with better fues economy. It did alost 21 mpg ona trip to Boston and back. Limited exposure to snow, but did very well. Great 3rd row seat for kids. I wish i could have kept it.
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Excellent Value, Roomy, Rugged

by from Woodbridge, VA on January 2, 2013

Purchased this vehicle new a few days ago, Dispite all the negativity against the vehicle its never really looked at for what it is. SUV built on the Armada/Titan Truck frame so it is a rugged stiff r...
Purchased this vehicle new a few days ago, Dispite all the negativity against the vehicle its never really looked at for what it is. SUV built on the Armada/Titan Truck frame so it is a rugged stiff ride. Body has had little change since 2005 (but has sold relatively well) 3rd Row seats are helpful with small children, Seats 4 adults confortably and 2 car seats in the 3rd row. Excellent towing capability. Ground clearance and ride hight is ideal. Easy fold-a-way seating in the 2nd and 3rd rows. The only downfall on this vehicle is the MPG. According to fuelly, majority of owners are recieving 18mpg (combined) but not everyone is light footed so this is decent from the EPA 14/20 sticker rating. Veryy happy with the vehicle, a NICE upgrade from our 05 FX35 End of the year savings with almost $9k off the truck made it an ideal purchase.
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Like the car

by from Sa TX on December 29, 2012

Great car looks cool. Has great pick up. Perfect for a family of five. As always be aware who you are buying the vehicle from And don't "think" go with your gut. For a car enthusiast like myself this ...
Great car looks cool. Has great pick up. Perfect for a family of five. As always be aware who you are buying the vehicle from And don't "think" go with your gut. For a car enthusiast like myself this car is fun to drive.
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2012 Nissan Pathfinder

by from Lewisville, Texas on August 9, 2012

We purchaes our new 2012 Pathfinder on May 28th, 2012. After driving the vehicle for 1500 miles, the idle is high and the steering wheel vibrates anytime I am stopped at a red light or stop sign. Afte...
We purchaes our new 2012 Pathfinder on May 28th, 2012. After driving the vehicle for 1500 miles, the idle is high and the steering wheel vibrates anytime I am stopped at a red light or stop sign. After Nissan having my vehicle for a week, all they can tell me is that this is normal and there is no fix. This new pathfinder did not do this off the lot or the first 1500 miles and they can't explain that either. Not a Happy Customer
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Does not recommend this car

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Bob Rohrman Nissan

by from on July 11, 2014

They want $28,800 for this Pathfinder. My husband and I went and looked at this one last weekend. It has to many issues for the price they want and they wont come down on the price.. Do not buy from t...
They want $28,800 for this Pathfinder. My husband and I went and looked at this one last weekend. It has to many issues for the price they want and they wont come down on the price.. Do not buy from them, everyone that I have spoken to that have bought from them have had nothing but problems with their cars.
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Does not recommend this car

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