2009 Nissan Pathfinder User Reviews

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 5 reviews

  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5

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mummieothree writes:
2009 Nissan Pathfinder SE Review
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5

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Great cargo space. Awesome handling, grips the road. Updated interior and great design of exterior... I wish they didn't change the body style... this is the hottest body!!!

Cons

Difficult to wash the roof...

mummieothree
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Amazing Car For Its Class. — I love how the seats fold completely flat in both back rows. The car has lots of space and awesome standard equipment!! Pay a little extra and get air control throughout... I love it and your passengers will thank you!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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TEJ writes:
2009 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4X4 Review
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It starts every day

Cons

It rides poorly, very uncomfortable

TEJ
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So So — It's a Nissian and will most likely will last for a long time. It's a very uncomfortable car, has little bells and whistles, very small back seat, and a below average radio system. I would not recommend it to anyone over the age of 30. Below the age of 30 they would love the low maintenance this vehicle has.

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Bill1423 writes:
2009 Nissan Pathfinder S Review
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Ride, power, build quality

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Noisy starts when cold

Bill1423
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I'll Be Loving My Pathfinder For A Long Time. — New ride quality is pretty firm, and nicely solid, but it seems to have softened up some around 2,000 miles. I like Nissan's powerful V6 in my base model. Only dislike about the engine itself is that it starts up its 24 valves noisily until the oil gets up onto the cams at a very fast 2,000 RPM start (normal among others on the lot as well, me and the salesman checked) before it finally drops back to normal idle 600-750 rpm. Engine runs very smooth though after a quick warm up. I do like the soft touch surfaces, except the top of the door panels are showing a little texture wear already if you have a habit of putting your arm on the top of the door panel rather than the arm rest. Be careful of placing your knees on the lift panel in the back floor storage area. Its waffled web like plastic design underneath does not hold up to knees while trying to climb in the back for cargo, etc. Little disappointed that I cracked it on the back side already while vacuuming it out for the first time. The base, non-Bose option stereo sounds pretty good if you boost the treble and set the bass flat. This Pathfinder is compact and solid with a fully boxed frame and a lot of steel crammed closely together underneath, so the density is high giving it a very solid and quality feel. It does not feel like a big, airy, boxy, plastic-like, future rattle box like the domestic types. You can clearly see that it is not a car chassis underneath. No exhaust hanging down, and wall to wall steel not sheet metal from one component to another densely packed. If you’re going to tow, or do much real off-road driving this true SUV has to be about the best bang for the buck you can buy, unless you need to save a couple bucks and go with a little choppier ride quality, less the 3rd row seating for an X-terra. I traded a 2005 Silverado, Ext Cab with 5.3L V-8, and I like the Pathfinder better! It has a more sporty drive, and the V-6 power and acceleration feels just as strong for its class and size if not better. The V-8 option, I’d imagine would make this thing feel hyperactive like driving an “SUV sports car”. A suggestion for Nissan would be to use an electric radiator fan rather than keeping old-school with the classic mechanical fan. I think it would save an mpg and only add even more to the already smooth engine and driving experience. I can get 20 mpg if I stay around 65-70 mph and baby the throttle. If your foot heavy and exceeding 70 mpg on the highway, mileage drops to around 18-18.5 mpg on 87 octane. She can be a little hard on gas, somewhat typical from prior experience with a Nissan or two, but this Pathfinder is a tight, quality package with strong power, even with the V-6 so it’s worth it. The Ethanol in the gas doesn’t help mileage either because the more alcohol, the lower the mpg. Good time to buy now at the end of the 2009 year with Cash for Clunkers dead. MSRP on mine was $30K, and I negotiated to $25K on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dan writes:
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The size is perfect for us

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could get a little better gas mileage

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Nice Drive — The new 2009 drives even better than our '06. Onboard Computer is very nice although I think we need to take it in already for a freon charge since the AC is not getting cold fast. Other than that it has been great.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Arik writes:
2009 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4X4 Review
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Comfort on-road real off-road

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none if you change tires and suspension

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Best Balance Of On And Off Road Vehicule — excellent road handling even in high speeds and turns. Very comfortable and many"'gadgets". Off Road with 50/50 tires (not original) and higher suspensions (not original) can take 95% of challenges that bigger and much more expensive off roaders face.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1987 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Part Of The Family By TheeBigRig

i like that it is dependable off road and on road. i dont really like the gas but what do you exspect. i like that you are able to take more than two people off roading because of the rear seats and i... Read More

Good Vehical (when New) By Cody

This thing goes anywhere... that open diffs will allow. Wins in functionallity, apart from poor fuel milage and clumbsiness. Carries lots of tires, and is a great candidate for a VG30ET swap as it bol... Read More

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1988 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Love It And Would Buy Another. Know Where 1 Is? By nschulthes84

i have an 88 pathfinder that we call ol rielable cuz no matter what i do to her she never stops working. i have been driving it once and a while with a ba tran in it and it is still doing what it was... Read More

Pathfinder By Ismael

this truck is a great machine for any terrain, snow, mud, water and pretty much anything, this thing's got tons of horse power and great traction with it's 4X4 on, Gas may be an issue but this ain't a... Read More

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1989 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

I Would Buy Another In A Heart Beat By badboy1970a

great on gas runs great really don't have to nothing but general pm this car was ahead of its time in 89 Obahma wants to trade these in hes crazy i live in country i would be stranded here and this ca... Read More

1989 Nissan Pathfinder Trail Boss Edition By Alan

Back in the late 80's this was one of the nicer looking SUV's. It was a great daily driver, never really took this truck off the beaten path very much and even those odd occasions was usually on dirt ... Read More

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1990 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Crappy Looking Good Performance Car By Shanna

It has fairly good acceleration for an older manual. Engine problems, like a broken fan clutch. Its needed a new clutch, new brakes, new tires, a new radiator, and a new heating core since I bought it... Read More

Strong Build, Engine Strong. Transmission Needs Work! By Tyler

This SUV was 100 the best first car i owned. Beautiful paint. Super strong build, really great all round. I loved this car a lot but i sold this one and my CRX to get my BMW now. it was a fun car whil... Read More

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1991 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

This Car Is The Best In The Snow By aggiel8d

Bought at 18K miles. best decision ever made tradung in my 5 series Mercedes diesel for this car and have it since 1992. We call her the champ as she is a champ lasting 21 years and running great as ... Read More

Haylock Pathfinder By Rowan

Power is very limited especially uphill, Build quality is good for it's age started squeeking the last year or so, Very reliable has never had a major breakdown, handles exceptionally well on gravel a... Read More

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