So you want it all, do you? All the features, 4WD, V8 power, and the knowledge that there simply wasn’t another option you could check off? The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder LE V8 4WD is the absolute top-tier trim here. Trumping the standard 4.0-liter V6 is a monstrous 5.6-liter V8, still mated to the five-speed automatic transmission. A two-speed transfer case is standard here, as with all four-wheel-drive trims. The LE V8 4WD’s off-road chops can be seen in its standard skid plates and front tow hook, although additional utility is to be found in the roof rack, running boards, and trailer wiring.
Automatic headlights as well as foglights handle illumination from the outside, while front variable-intermittent wipers, a rear intermittent wiper and washer combo, and a rear defogger make sure the view won’t be obscured. At the LE level, you’re riding on 18-inch alloys, unique to this trim.
Predictably, leather can be found throughout, on the heated front bucket and second- and third-row split-folding seats, as well as on the tilt steering wheel. The driver’s bucket gets 8-way power, while the passenger gets 4-way. Dual-zone automatic climate controls and rear air conditioning with separate controls keep passengers comfortable, along with rear privacy glass. In the LE trims, the stereo is upgraded to a Bose sound system, with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and steering-wheel controls. A center console provides some storage, and power windows and door locks provide convenience to all passengers.
The driver is treated even better with heated power mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, cruise control, a tachometer, trip computer and compass, garage door opener, and automatically dimming rearview mirror. There is also a memory system in place for the seat, mirrors, and pedals. Final upgrades here include remote-keyless entry, keyless access, and keyless start.
Safety features for the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder LE V8 4WD include traction control, antilock four-wheel disc brakes with anti-skid, and a tire pressure monitor. Dual front airbags protect occupants, along with front side and curtain side units with rollover deployment. Front-seat active head restraints are also included, along with a theft-deterrent system.