Nissan Pathfinder Models and Pathfinder History

The 1998-1999 Pathfinder only saw minor changes to different trim levels, with a major update to the interior and exterior styles taking place mid-99. It would crossover into 2000 basically unchanged. In 2001, a long awaited power upgrade was added: a 250 hp V6 engine was unveiled, making this SUV the punchiest in its class. A new GPS system was offered (in-dash), and the rear entertainment DVD system was introduced.

 

Stylish updates graced the 2002 Pathfinder, with a new front grille, an updated audio system, and some shuffling in the trims and addable packages. Optional satellite radio was added for the 2003 model year, with a new Vehicle Dynamic Control Package that merged Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system into one feature. No changes were in store for 2004, with a brand new and redesigned model released in 2005 that featured an even more powerful V6 engine and the popular third-row seating. Minor changes to trims augmented 2006 with a new MP3 input jack and safety reverse feature being added for 2007.

 

In 2008, the Pathfinder would get a brand new 5.6-liter V8 engine, able to make 310 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A redesigned gauge cluster and cup-holder with center stack display screen complemented the interior, with minor tweaks made to the interior and exterior styling. The Pathfinder would coast through 2009 and 2010 relatively unchanged, with a new 25th-anniversary Silver Edition released in 2011. From 2012-2013 only subtle changes were made, with the addition of the much anticipated Pathfinder Hybrid in 2014 to round out the fleet.

New and Used Pathfinder Prices, Nissan Pathfinder Model Years and History

Nissan’s popular Pathfinder is well-equipped, modern and spacious.
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The Pathfinder has withstood the tests of time, entering 2018’s model year with a well-stacked base model that has plenty to offer.
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Nissan’s best-selling Pathfinder SUV has room enough for seven passengers and comes with a healthy list of standard features.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.3
Interior Comfort
 4.7
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.7
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 4.7

The popular Pathfinder by Nissan remains one of the carmaker’s best-selling units due to its versatile design and feature-rich offerings.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.7
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.7
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The Pathfinder returns for 2015, continuing the legacy for the best-selling crossover SUV by Nissan.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.8
Fuel Economy
 3.8
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.7
Overall Rating
 4.7

A full-size SUV with a towing capacity of 7,000 lbs., the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is provides utility without compromising comfort.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 8 )
Braking
 3.4
Fuel Economy
 3.4
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 3.8
Handling
 3.5
Ride Quality
 3.3
Overall Rating
 3.5

Revamped for 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder is a full-size SUV with seating for seven and a towing capacity of 7,000 lbs, all while achieving 26 mpg highway.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 8 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 3.9
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 3.8
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.4
Ride Quality
 4.8
Overall Rating
 4.1

A full-size SUV with third row seating, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder offers navigation, rear-view monitor, and rear-seat entertainment system.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 4 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.3
Interior Comfort
 3.7
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.3
Handling
 4.3
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.7

A powerful SUV, the 2011 Pathfinder offers 7,000-lb towing capacity in an innovative package, making the Pathfinder a versatile seven passenger hauler.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.8
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

A stylish SUV that is suited to life on pavement or dirt, the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder seats up to seven passengers and is available with a V6 or V8 engine.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 3.8
Fuel Economy
 2.5
Interior Comfort
 3.8
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 3.2
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 3.8

The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder, a seven-passenger midsize SUV, benefits from its beefy engines, ergonomically-designed interior and plenty of off-road skill.
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Redesigned for the new model year, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size SUV that comes standard with a 4.0L V6 but is also available with a brand-new 310 hp 5.6L V8.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 2 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 2.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 3.0

A full-size SUV, the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder is a comfortable family hauler yet is equally at home off-road.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 3.7
Fuel Economy
 3.3
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.3
Handling
 3.5
Ride Quality
 3.3
Overall Rating
 3.2

A full-size SUV, the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder is a versatile vehicle on the road and off, and has room for seven passengers.
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 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 4 )
Braking
 4.2
Fuel Economy
 3.2
Interior Comfort
 4.2
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.8
Ride Quality
 4.2
Overall Rating
 5.0

Restyled and now larger with seating for up to seven, the full-size Nissan Pathfinder SUV is confident and safe both on the road and off of it.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 3.5

A mid-size SUV with seating for five, the 2004 Nissan Pathfinder is a capable off-roader and has a 240 hp 3.5L V6 under the hood.
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The 2003 Nissan Pathfinder is a rugged SUV that seats five passengers, offers plenty of rear cargo space, and is available with 2WD or 4WD.
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 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
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 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

Available with 2WD or 4WD, the 2002 Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size five-passenger SUV that is powered by a 240 hp V6 engine and it is a capable off-road vehicle.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.5
Interior Comfort
 4.5
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 4.0
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 5.0
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 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 4.5

A rugged mid-size SUV with seating for five, the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in multiple trim levels which feature a choice between 2WD and 4WD.
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Braking
 4.4
Fuel Economy
 3.4
Interior Comfort
 4.6
Acceleration
 4.2
Dependability
 4.8
Handling
 4.6
Ride Quality
 4.6
Overall Rating
 4.8

The 2000 Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size five-passenger SUV that is extremely capable off-road and quite comfortable on it.
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Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 2.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0