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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Trims

LE

Base
Avg. Price: $11,161

With more power, courtesy of a 270-hp, 4.0-liter DOHC V6, a new 5-speed automatic, 291 lb-ft or torque, and a longer length, the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE is a rear-wheel drive SUV that now seats seven people in three rows and can tow up to 6000 pounds. Storage consoles, cupholders for each row, and dual-zone climate control offer conveniences, and the fold-down second and third rows, plus the front passenger seat, expand the 16 cubic foot cargo space to 79 cubic feet. A roof rack and trailer hitch are also standard.

The 2005 Pathfinder LE is the luxurious trim, and adds heated leather seats, heated mirrors, a garage opener, a sunroof, dual power front seats and power-adjustable pedals, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD changer/MP3 player, and automatic headlights to what you get on the SE (power features, intermittent front and rear wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and foglights). A tire monitor, traction and stability control, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and dual front-side and side impact airbags for each row earn 4 and 5-star crash ratings for the 2005 Pathfinder LE. A DVD player, satellite radio, and navigation system can be added. Class-leading power, the extra passenger room, smooth and easy handling, and long list of features are what attracts happy owners. The few complaints mention gas mileage and the minuscule legroom in the third row.

4WD
Avg. Price: $11,831

The upper echelon of the mid-sized SUV is the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD, featuring full-time or on-demand 4WD capability, and loaded with a new 4.0-liter, 270-hp V6 engine and 5-speed automatic. The 2005 Pathfinder LE 4WD also boasts 17-inch alloy wheels, traction and stability control, 4-wheel ABS brakes, dual front airbags and side bags for all three rows of seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, foglights, automatic headlights, and a tire monitor. Those help to keep your family safe.

What helps to keep your family comfortable are power front seats, heated seats and mirrors, leather upholstery, a sunroof, rear climate control, wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a CD changer and MP3 player, intermittent front and rear wipers, a trip computer, security system, and garage opener. Supplementing the 16-79 cubic feet of cargo room are a roof rack and trailer hitch. There's not much left to add, but some nice extras are satellite radio, a navigation system, and a DVD player. Roominess, versatility, standard features, and impressive power are highlights for owners of the 2005 Pathfinder LE 4WD. Aside from the 15/21 mpg, owners don't like the limited legroom in the back rows.

SE

Base
Avg. Price: $10,619

Kicking it up a notch from the base XE, the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE is a rear-wheel drive SUV that now seats seven in three rows. A new 4.0-liter, 270-hp DOHC V6 engine and 5-speed automatic make up the powertrain, and a new independent double wishbone rear suspension makes the truck-based SUV easier to handle on the road. The 2005 Pathfinder SE features 4-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, a tire monitor, 16-inch alloy wheels, and dual front airbags. Side impact airbags for all three rows is extra.

The SE adds foglights and an 8-way power driver's seat to the base model, which already included full power features, intermittent front and rear wipers, cruise control, a trip computer, CD player, air conditioning, running boards, and a roof rack. A trailer hitch is also standard, and the powerful Pathfinder can tow a maximum of 6000 pounds. What really distinguishes the SE is the long list of options, including a power passenger seat, power adjustable pedals, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, a DVD player, satellite radio, sunroof, remote garage opener, automatic headlights, and auto-dimming rearview mirror, a CD changer/MP3 player, and rear climate control. Lots of space, nice style, good layout, and confident power rate highly with owners of the 2005 Pathfinder SE. There are minor complaints about the 16/23 mpg, the lack of a cargo cover, and the plastic interior parts.

4WD
Avg. Price: $11,283

Part-time 4WD capability distinguishes the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD from its rear-wheel drive counterpart. The 6-inches longer SUV seats seven this year in three rows. Cupholders, a power outlet, storage consoles and pockets, and a cargo area that expands to 79 cubic feet make it perfect for family vacations. A roof rack and trailer hitch are also standard. Powered by a 4.0-liter, 270-hp DOHC V6 engine and 5-speed automatic, the 2005 Pathfinder SE 4WD earns 4 and 5-star crash ratings thanks to dual front airbags, 4-wheel ABS, 16-inch alloy wheels, and traction and stability control. Foglights and a tire pressure monitor are some other safety-oriented features. Side impact airbags, automatic headlights and an auto-dimming rearview mirror can be added.

An 8-way power driver's seat is standard, but you can add the power passenger seat as well. Full power features, cruise control, a CD player, intermittent wipers, and a trip computer can be augmented with leather upholstery, heated seats and mirrors, a sunroof, satellite radio, a DVD player, a CD changer/MP3 player, power-adjustable pedals, and a remote garage opener. Owners say the powerful engine makes towing a snap, and the 4WD performs well in tricky road conditions. A good use of space and overall style are also pluses. Complaints about the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD include a cramped third row, low gas mileage, and an easily dinged up plastic interior.

Off Road
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $11,269

For more serious off-roaders, the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off-Road is aimed at you. Though only a rear-wheel drive, it does feature the new 4.0-liter, 270-hp DOHC V6 and new 5-speed automatic and rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. The 2005 Pathfinder SE Off-Road is equipped with a stiffer suspension, larger brakes, and performance shocks. The rear-wheel drive SUV seats seven finally, in three rows of seats that fold down for 79 cubic feet of cargo space. Along with ABS brakes and dual front airbags (side impact extra), the 2005 Pathfinder SE Off-Road adds skid plates.

Some nice luxuries include a power driver's seat with power-adjustable pedals, a CD player, leather trim, automatic climate control, cruise control, a security system, a trip computer, and intermittent front and rear wipers. An auto-dimming rearview mirror and foglights enhance safety on the 2005 Pathfinder SE Off-Road. A roof rack and trailer hitch are also standard. Extras include heated leather seats, automatic headlights, wheel-mounted audio controls for the CD changer/MP3 player, a garage opener, sunroof, satellite radio, and a power passenger seat. The Pathfinder added six inches to its length this year, and drivers appreciate the extra room, though the third row is cramped. Interior materials look cheap and get dinged easily, but the increased horsepower and exterior style make up for it. Gas mileage is a disappointing 16/23.

Off Road 4WD
9 national listings
Avg. Price: $11,628

To take full advantage of its part-time 4WD, the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off-Road 4WD adds a firmer suspension, larger brakes, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and performance shocks. Along with 4-wheel ABS brakes and dual front airbags, the SE Off-Road 4WD includes a tire monitor, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, traction and stability control, and foglights. The longer SUV now has three rows of seats, with the third row folding flat. A roof rack and trailer hitch increase the cargo capacity, which is ranges from 16 to 79 cubic feet. The front passenger seat also folds down.

Powered by a new 4.0-liter, 270-hp DOHC V6 and 5-speed automatic, the 2005 Pathfinder SE Off-Road 4WD features a trip computer, intermittent front and rear wipers, full power setup, a power driver's seat, leather interior trim, a CD player, cruise control, power adjustable pedals, and rear climate control. For the passengers, you can add a DVD player, satellite radio, CD-changer with MP3 playback, heated leather seats and mirrors, a sunroof, and a power passenger seat. Safety add-ons include automatic headlights, a garage opener, and side impact airbags for each row. There are three nagging complaints about the 2005 Pathfinder SE Off-Road 4WD, and those are low gas mileage (15/21), a third row unfit for adults, and interior materials that show early wear and tear. But the hauling capacity, extra horsepower, car-like handling, and versatility of space are highlights.

XE

Base
Avg. Price: $10,465

2005 brings a much needed revamp to the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder XE, the base trim in the SUV lineup. The rear-wheel drive SUV is six inches longer and has added a cramped third row that folds flat, along with the split-folding second row and folding front passenger seat, expanding the 16 cubic foot trunk to 79 cubic feet. The 2005 Pathfinder XE doesn't look like a base model, with its power windows, locks, and mirrors, trip computer, intermittent front and rear wipers, CD player, security system, and cruise control.

With a class-leading 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine that puts out 270-hp and 291 lb-ft of torque, the 2005 Pathfinder XE rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and features a new 5-speed automatic, ABS brakes, dual front airbags, a tire monitor, and traction and stability control. A roof rack and trailer hitch are standard, allowing you to load up the most of the house for long trips. The 16/23 mpg might keep those trips short, however. The only offered option are side impact airbags for all three rows. Owners like the car-like handling, style, extra power, and storage flexibility of the 2005 Pathfinder XE, but complain about the limited rear seat legroom and some road and engine noise.

4WD
Avg. Price: $11,622

Add a part-time 4-wheel drive system to the XE and you get the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4WD, with more room, an extra third row of seats, and a powerful 4.0-liter, 270-hp DOHC V6 and new 5-speed automatic transmission. Front and rear independent double wishbone suspension improves handling, and the 2005 Pathfinder XE 4WD comes with 4-wheel ABS brakes, traction and stability control, a tire pressure monitor, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Standard dual front airbags can be supplemented by side impact bags for each row.

For the cheapest of the Pathfinders, you still get a good set of features, including power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, a trip computer, tachometer, intermittent front and rear wipers, a CD player, security system, and enough storage compartments and holders to keep a family happy on long trips. A roof rack and trailer hitch (up to 6000 pounds capacity) are standard, and the small 16 cubic foot cargo area expand to 79 cubic feet with both rear rows and the front passenger seat folded down. Drivers of the 2005 Pathfinder XE 4WD seem to like its power and roominess, but complain about the cheap-looking materials and low 15/21 mpg.