The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

The biggest asset of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is its interior flexibility and value. It is as flexible as a Chinese gymnast in the Olympics. This three-row crossover SUV is big enough to carry seven people. The new Pathfinder will not receive many changes but it will come with small upgrades in order to remain relevant with changing safety scenes and technology. It comes in four grade levels: Platinum, SL, SV, and S. It comes with four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive configurations.


What’s new?

This vehicle belongs to the fourth generation that arrived in 2013. Aside from the base trim level, the Pathfinder now comes with additional driver aids. This vehicle also has standard USB-C ports and rear parking sensors.


What are the highs and lows of this vehicle?

We love that it comes with robust towing capacity, a brawny V6 engine with a respectable fuel economy, a comfortable interior, a gentle ride as well as standard active safety tech. Passengers can also access the third row with ease. Every trim level comes with standard rear parking sensors and automatic emergency braking. It also has a strong acceleration, and we think it offers good value for money. We don’t like that it is light on refinement, it has land yacht handling, a subpar outward vision, its infotainment is outdated, a subpar small-item storage and cargo capacity. The Pathfinder is beaten by some rivals who offer more third-row space. Some drivers might also complain of the “firm” ride quality of the top trims.


What does the powertrain offer?

Under the hood, it comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. An Xtronic transmission compliments the engine. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder is capable of towing up to 2,720 kg. This means that it is ideal for towing two-axle recreational trailers. If it were an animal, then it would probably be a snail because it carries its shell around.


What should we expect in the interior?

The new Pathfinder’s third row is easy to access because it comes with a second-row tilt-and-glide seat. In addition to this, it also has a child safety seat. The cabin boasts of Nissan’s EZ Flex system for its seats that are packaged with latch and glide. Other features include 13-speaker premium Bose audio system, clever around-view monitor, motion-activated liftgate that has NissanConnect with navigation and liftgate position memory. It also has dual panorama moonroof.


What does it offer in the safety department?

The SV and higher trims will now come with standard blind-spot monitors and adaptive cruise control. Unlike most of its rivals, the new Pathfinder lacks active lane control. It has earned a score of “Good” in most of the IIHS crash tests. It has a “Good” driver’s side score. The frontal crash test on the passenger’s side received an “Acceptable” score. The NHTSA gives it a five-star rating, but it gets four stars for calculated rollover test and side impact. Additionally, the IIHS gave it a “Poor” score for the standard halogen headlights and an “Acceptable” score for the SL and Platinum’s optional LED headlights.


How much does it cost?

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is now available in the market, and it can be bought from Nissan dealers across the nation. The S 2WD has a starting MSRP of $31,230 in the United States. The Platinum 4WD is the most expensive trim; it is sold at $44,260.


What is our verdict about it?

Families love the Pathfinder because it offers all the goodies they could ever wish for. It is popular because it can comfortably haul both cargo and people. It has a comfortable ride and a flexible seating arrangement. It performs well mostly because it offers plenty of room in a segment that demands a lot of value. It is swimming in the Indian Ocean, but it holds its own in waters that are filled with sharks like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Kia Sorento, and the Ford Edge.

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