With only minor changes after last year's lineup expansion, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder midsize SUV gets a few upgrades to its equipment packages, including auto speed-sensing locks and Bluetooth accessories. The two engine choices for the Nissan Pathfinder are a 4.0L V6 engine that pushes out 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque, or a healthy 5.6L V8 engine churning out 310 hp and 380 lb-ft, with a five-speed automatic transmission standard on both. Towing capacity is 6,000 pounds for the V6 engine and 7,000 pounds for the V8 engine. The Pathfinder is equipped with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; however, 4WD is available on only the Pathfinder SE Off-Road and LE V8. EPA fuel economy ratings for the rear-wheel-drive V6 Pathfinders are estimated at 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy and 17 mpg combined. The 4WD drops the EPA estimates down to 13/19/15 mpg, while the 4WD V8 Pathfinder gets 13/18/14 mpg. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, antilock disc brakes, side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags. Passenger capacity is seven adults.Read more Read less
After its make-over last year, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder sees only minor modifications. For 2009 the Pathfinder gets more standard airbags, two new additions to the exterior color palette and a few alterations in equipment availability.
Well appointed, roomy interior; off-road and towing ability; V8 power.
With a sturdy fully boxed frame and 4-wheel drive, combined with a 4-wheel independent suspension, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder offers a good combination of serious towing, hauling, and off-roading ability while providing a competent and comfortable ride on-road. And, with the same big V8 as the full-size Armada, the mid-size Pathfinder becomes both quicker and more capable, with towing capacity now up to 7,000 pounds.
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