2019 Nissan Pathfinder Review

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

Nissan has put a lot of energy into its cars and small SUVs in recent years. In comparison, the Pathfinder seems a little neglected. It was last redesigned in 2013 and refreshed in 2017. For 2019, there are new standard and available features, which may help the Pathfinder stay more competitive.

The Pathfinder’s exterior is typical of a midsize SUV, with a wide grille, angular front lighting, and a moderate ride height. Black and chrome trim add visual interest. This year, Mocha Almond Pearl joins the color palette.

Nissan’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), powers the Pathfinder. There is 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque on tap. The front-wheel-drive (FWD) Pathfinder gets an estimated 20 mpg city, 27 highway, and 23 combined. When the Pathfinder is configured with 4-wheel drive (4WD), those numbers drop to 19, 26, and 22.

The Pathfinder seats seven passengers across three rows, and offers an average amount of cargo space for the class. There are four trim levels, starting with the S. It includes push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and six USB ports. The SV trim adds remote start, a proximity key, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather steering wheel. To get leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated second-row seats, take a look at the SL trim. The top-tier Platinum model gets ventilated front seats and a panoramic moonroof. Other options include a heated steering wheel and heated side mirrors.

An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 6-speaker audio system come standard in every Pathfinder. You’ll also get Bluetooth, voice recognition, and hands-free text messaging. A 13-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, a WiFi hot spot, and a rear-row DVD player are optional.

There are no crash-test results for the 2019 Pathfinder as of this writing, but the 2018 model earned a 5-star overall rating from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and mostly Good scores from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Standard safety features include a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear sensors, and a rear-seat reminder system. You can add adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a multi-angle camera.

Though the Nissan Pathfinder has lagged behind competitors in recent years as Nissan tended to its better-selling models, this year’s feature updates are a step in the right direction.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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