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2016 Nissan Pathfinder

$12,381 — $33,005 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
21-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Nissan Pathfinder exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
  • Seven-seat crossover SUV
  • Front- or four-wheel drive
  • 260-hp V-6
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(3.0)

Bought new in Oct 2016 & Nov 2018 fan problem

by MUHAMMAD from TORONTO on November 13, 2018

Very spacious and comfortable car but not reliable technically.In just 2 years fan started noising and dealer not taking responsibility to c over repair expenses because it has 62k mileage on it. Read full review

(3.0)

Headlamps Crack Heat/Cold

by Former Nissan Fan from Philly, PA on November 5, 2018

Great SUV. However, two main problems to date at 48,000 and at 50,000 miles: 1) Hot/cold temperature extremes cause multiple small cracks (20) when headlights on in 20 degree temps. 48,000 and 50,000. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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