The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is largely unchanged. This seven-passenger midsize SUV comes in S, SE, SE Off-Road, and luxury-oriented LE trims. All have a 266-hp 4.0-liter V6 engine. Also offered is the LE V8 with a 310-hp 5.6-liter V8 engine. The only transmission is a 5-speed automatic. Maximum towing capacity is 6000 lb with the V6, 7000 lb with the V8. SE Off-Road and LE V8 models are 4-wheel drive only. The others are available with rear-wheel drive or 4WD. Available on LE is Nissan's All-Mode 4WD system that can be left engaged on dry pavement. The 4WD on other models should not be left engaged on dry pavement. Both 4WD systems have a low-range gear for off-roading. Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags that cover all seating rows, and front side airbags. Pathfinders have a 50/50 split-folding 3rd-row seat. Leather upholstery is standard on LE and optional on SE. SE Off-Road comes with specific tires and shock absorbers and additional chassis skid plates. A navigation system is an LE-exclusive option. This report is based on evaluations of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder.
INTRO TO THE PATHFINDER Dreaming of owning a capable and comfortable mid-size SUV that drives fearlessly through snow, sand, rain, rocks and mud? The Pathfinder's off-road technology will take you through environmental challenges without the need to know too much about off-road driving. Updates for 2008 include new exterior front-and-rear styling and wheel designs and a whole new engine. There is some minor new interior, along with updated technology such as a navigation system. I test-drove a three-row, 7-passenger 2008 Nissan Pathfinder with the new 310-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 and XN All-Mode 4WD. The total vehicle package was $39,860. There is also the highly rated 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 engine with 288 lb-ft torque also available for the Pathfinder. This engine is used in the Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest vehicles. The Pathfinder offers advanced and competitive 4WD systems, but differ in relation if you have the V6 or V8 engine. Under the V8, you get the full-time 4-wheel drive system. This XN All-Mode 4x4 system is straightforward.
The Nissan Pathfinder and (Japanese: Nissan Terrano) were originally compact SUVs and they are now mid-size SUVs. Whereas the Pathfinder is sold in North America, the name first introduced in late 1986, elsewhere in the world the vehicle was known as the Terrano. The first generation Pathfinder/Terrano platform is known as the WD21. The second generation Pathfinder platform is known as the R50, and the third generation is known as the R51. The Pathfinder is slotted in size between the Murano and Armada or Patrol, but in price between the Xterra and Murano. The Pathfinders traditional Japanese competitor is the Toyota 4Runner. The North American first generation Pathfinder came in two different bodies and shared styling and most components with the Nissan Hardbody Truck. Built on a ladder-type frame, the Pathfinder was Nissan's response to the S-10 Blazer, Ford Explorer, the Jeep Cherokee and other non-domestic SUV's like the Toyota 4Runner Isuzu Trooper and the Mitsubishi Montero. WD21 Pathfinders were available in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. In the US from 1986.5 to 1989 Pathfinders came with a two door body. In early 1990 it became a four door in the United States.