All You Need to Know About the New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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The Nissan Pathfinder model has come a very long way and it’s a name that most people are conversant with. After being known throughout the 90s as an off-road ready vehicle, the Nissan Pathfinder has seen some upgrade since 2012, turning it into a more on-road vehicle we love today. If you are in the market for an SUV that offers a spacious interior, Versatility, and even a bit of rigidity, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder checks all those boxes for you.

This is a mean looking three-row crossover SUV that is built for durable service. The new pathfinder has a classy interior and a V6 engine with plenty of power for towing. The Pathfinder brings an excellent balance of quality and utility. This is a full-size, three-row crossover that is designed to keep up to seven passengers content and comfortable, and also have enough room to accommodate plenty of cargo with its 16 cubic feet of space.

Design

The design structure of the new 2018 Pathfinder shares resemblance with the former models. Standard on the new Pathfinder is a set of custom 18-inch alloy rims., keyless entry and ignition, and a set of roof rails.The doors on the 2018 Pathfinder are exceptionally large and the convenient seat height make getting in and out of the car very easy. A smooth sliding and folding second row ensures good access to the third row, even with a child’s car seat in place. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in four main trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The base S comes with a range of essential features and nice packages. The new LED headlights comes as a standard feature in all the four trims also.

The new Pathfinder has been upgraded with latest awesome features, most of which are geared towards providing safety to the driver and the passengers. Some of these new features include, a standard automatic emergency braking system, a standard Rear Door Alert that reminds drivers to check the rear seat for passengers or other items after parking, a standard adaptive cruise control that has traffic following capability and navigation on the higher trims. Other safety features standard to all the trims include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual- front supplemental air bags, 3-point seat belts fitted with pretensioners and load limiters, Curtain and side airbags for any side impact, Rollover head protection, 3-point seat belts for all the rear seat occupants, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) in the 2nd row seats, and Child safety rear door lock.

Interior

The 2018 Pathfinder with its sleek SUV shape offers nearly the space of a minivan. There’s plenty of head and legroom for first and second row passengers. The Pathfinder’s SL and higher trim levels come with leather upholstery as standard, which raises it’s perceived quality. The infotainment system in the new Pathfinder is intuitive and easily navigated, thanks to its large, well-labeled buttons, a fitted chunky control knob and an excellent 8-inch widescreen display. Inside the interior of the new Pathfinder, you will also get full wireless connectivity, high definition and satellite radio, six speakers CD player , and dual USB ports. There is also a pair of charge only USB ports ( making it a total of four USB ports)  in the back. Among the many upgrades that are available for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder comes a Bose 13-speaker audio system.

Engine and Transmission

When it comes to full-sized SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder, what’s hiding under the hood plays a major role in most buyers’ decisions. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 284 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that blasts out 259 lb-ft of torque. This engine is matched with a Nissan continuously variable transmission (CVT). You can choose between a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive for additional safety under adverse driving conditions. The four-wheel-drive system features a hill descent control system and a unique four-wheel drive locking feature that adds even more traction to the drive.

Pros

  • The V6 engine delivers strong acceleration with decent fuel economy.
  • Third-row seat is very easy to access.
  • Great towing capacity up to 1500kg.
  • Automatic emergency braking is standard on every trim level which is great.

Cons

  • Cargo capacity is below average.
  • Third-row space is not as roomy as seen in some rivals.
  • Off-road ability is poor.

Price

Starts at $31,040 (#11,174,400)

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