2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


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Seating capacity

198.5” x 69.5”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Responsive CVT
  • Second-row comfort
  • Third-row access and headroom
  • Enhanced visibility with available 360-degree camera system

The bad:

  • Loud drivetrain
  • Firm, unrefined ride
  • Dated interior design
  • Overly complex multimedia interface
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not offered

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Automatic emergency braking now standard
  • Newly standard rear-seat reminder
  • 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Seats seven in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Foot-activated power liftgate available
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2018 Nissan Pathfinder review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Pathfinder is a roomy SUV with seating for seven in three rows. For 2017, it received styling updates and a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine with direct injection. The V-6 makes 284 horsepower and teams with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and competitors include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander.

Automatic emergency braking, available only on higher-priced models last year, is now standard on all models. A new rear-seat reminder is also standard; if a rear door is opened before a trip but not opened again when the ignition is turned off, a dashboard light and horn honks remind the driver to check if anything was left behind in back.

Also new for 2018 is a Midnight Edition Package for SL trim levels. It features black, 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, black mirror caps and a black spoiler, among other features. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Too many problems with this car

I just bought a 2018 Nissan pathfinder and I am not comfortable driving it because since I got it I have problems after problem after problem it ain’t even been like two months yet so I am not going to recommend anybody to buy this car..


I like this car

dependable and comfortable for the whole family and the dogs; Great value for the money and easy to drive. Decent gas mileage for this size vehicle.


Stay away

This car is wack I have driven up mountains and because oxygen sensor got clogged it just turned off in snow storm. Transfer box broke transmission went out. The lights constantly turn on. The tires go flat constantly. Worst cat I’ve ever had. I bought it for the third row but it’s not reliable. Terrible terrible car

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Based on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder base trim.
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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
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 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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