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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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$14,024 — $28,372 USED
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SUV
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

  • 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
2018 Nissan Pathfinder exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 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

from the Cars.com expert editorial team


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.

New for 2018


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

What drivers are saying

4.7
76 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Not a bad car

by KDollar from Holiday, FL on June 25, 2020

I have owned this car since Nov. 2019. I am the 2nd owner. I may be having an issue with the smart center in it have to take it in to be looked at & have a new konocking noise. But have no issues with... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by Chmira Williams from Wichita Falls, Texas on June 6, 2020

This car runs great. Has plenty of space. Everything works just fine. I have never had a problem with any vehicle that Ive purchased from this dealership. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 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

    N/A

  • 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.*

Third-row access

B

Infant seat

A

Booster

(third row)

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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