2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Low curb weight
  • Gas mileage
  • Second row can tip forward with installed child seat
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert makes adding air to tires simple

The Bad

  • Loss of tough body-on-frame platform of previous generation
  • Less power than with prior generation's V-8
  • Less towing capability than previous generation

Notable Features of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

  • Seven-seat crossover SUV
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • 260-hp V-6
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

2016 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for 2013 and switched to a unibody platform from a body-on-frame design to improve gas mileage and driving refinement. The seven-seat Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and comes with front- or four-wheel drive. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.

New for 2016
A Cold Package with heated cloth front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated side mirrors is optional for the SV trim level. The SL model gains a heated steering wheel.

Significant Standard Features

  • 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • 60/40-split second row with tip-up seats
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert system alerts driver when correct air pressure is achieved
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-panel moonroof
  • Leather seats
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Rear entertainment system with two 7-inch screens
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
Vehicle Overview

The Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for 2013 and switched to a unibody platform from a body-on-frame design to improve gas mileage and driving refinement. The seven-seat Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and comes with front- or four-wheel drive. Competitors include the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Traverse.

New for 2016
A Cold Package with heated cloth front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated side mirrors is optional for the SV trim level. The SL model gains a heated steering wheel.

Significant Standard Features

  • 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Seats up to seven in three rows
  • 60/40-split second row with tip-up seats
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert system alerts driver when correct air pressure is achieved
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-panel moonroof
  • Leather seats
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Rear entertainment system with two 7-inch screens
  • Navigation system
  • Backup camera
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Latest 2016 Pathfinder Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

2016 Nissan Pathfinder S

by AJK from Waveland, Ms on August 1, 2018

Great vehicle and great fuel economy. With a v6, it has plenty of get up and go. I use it to pull a small boat and a motorcycle trailer. The vehicle is rated for 5800 lbs towing, although I will never ... Read full review

(5.0)

Comfort for the whole family or towing an RV

by Nissan Fan from Bowling Green, KY on July 17, 2018

Exceptional value and efficiency. Some competing models seemed like driving a school bus. Almost 20 MPG in town and 26 MPG on the road. Everyone who owns one seems to be exceptionally pleased with ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pathfinder received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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