2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2016 Nissan Pathfinder
2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2016 Nissan Pathfinder


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 260 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Four Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Between its seating capacity and fuel economy, the Pathfinder makes a good value play. While previous Pathfinders competed with truck-like SUVs like the Toyota 4Runner, the 2016 Pathfinder aims instead to compete more closely with crossover vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander, bringing more space and refinement to the market at a slight cost to seldom used off-road capabilities.

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What's New For 2016

The Nissan Pathfinder enters 2016 mostly unchanged. New this year is revised Almond interior with contrasting black and beige materials. The SV offers a Cold Package, with heated front seats, steering wheel, and mirrors, while the SL now features a heated steering wheel as standard. The Pathfinder hybrid has been discontinued.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • Blind Spot Sensor
    • and Rear Collision
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Around View Monitor Back-Up Camera
    • Front Camera
    • Left Side Camera
    • Right Side Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Regular Amplifier
    • Integrated Roof Diversity Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Radio Data System and DVD-Audio
    • Radio: Bose Audio System w/AM/FM/CD & 13 Speakers -inc: XM Satellite Radio, USB/iPod connector (replaces standard auxiliary audio input jack), speed sensitive volume, MP3, Nissan Navigation system w/8" color VGA display, voice recognition, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability, Zagat Survey restaurant guide and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 20" Unique Metallic Paint Finish Alloy
    • Tires: P235/55R20 AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Fixed Glass 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
    • Fixed Glass 3rd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Chrome Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/1 Tow Hook
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Chrome Bodyside Moldings and Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • Heated & Cooled Bucket Seats -inc: 7 passenger seating capacity, 8-way power driver's seat w/memory and 2-way power lumbar support and 4-way power AS seat
    • Front Facing Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Fixed Bench Leatherette 3rd Row Seat Front and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
    • Heated Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Air Filtration
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Remote Engine Start
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Leather Seating Surfaces
    • Leather Door Trim Insert
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Simulated Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Mechanical Features
    • Transmission: Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable)
    • 5.25 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 5,985 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Electronic Transfer Case
    • Engine: 3.5L V6
    • Part And Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive
    • 82-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 150 Amp Alternator
    • Class III Towing w/Harness and Hitch
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Auto Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 78.9
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 51.1
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 19.8
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.9
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 31.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 79.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 47.8
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 16
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/213
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 260 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 240 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 114.2
    • Length, Overall (in) - 197.2
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 77.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 69.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 65.7
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 65.7
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 157.8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 60.7
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 56.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 60.4
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.1
    • Third Head Room (in) - 36.5
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 30.7
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 42
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Nissan Pathfinder
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55SR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/55SR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 750
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 5000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Four Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - CVT w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.41 - 0.38
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 1.77
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 5.25
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4486
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Gun Metallic Midnight Jade Metallic
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  • Midnight Jade Metallic

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The Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row, seven-seat, midsize front-wheel-drive SUV that became a crossover for 2013, by chucking its chassis that previously came from the rear-wheel-drive pickup truck. So today it’s more comfortable than it is tough, down to its very crossover-ish continuously variable transmission, which takes on the SUV challenge by using an internal chain rather than belt.

The CVT is programmed to feel like an automatic transmission by shifting in steps, and this eliminates much of the high-rev annoyance of a continuously variable transmission. However we found a long delay when you floor the superb 3.5-liter V6 engine and ask for all of its 260 horsepower. An available tow package enables it to pull 5000 pounds, with the CVT making adjustments for the weight.

Pathfinder is available with all-wheel drive.

The Pathfinder is spacious and flexible, longer than a Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and shorter than the Chevy Traverse, about the same length as a Ford Explorer or Mazda CX-9. It weighs less than some of its rivals, including the Traverse and Buick Enclave, and although it’s still hefty, it handles more like a sedan than a truck, thanks to the tuning of its hydraulic-electric steering. And the ride is refined. It has less ground clearance than the Subaru Outback, but it takes on rutted roads with confidence.

The EPA rates the Pathfinder at 20/27/23 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined with front-wheel drive, one less mpg with all-wheel drive. The fully equipped and heavier Platinum model gets 21 mpg Combined.

With six airbags standard, the NHTSA gives the Pathfinder five stars overall, with four stars in the categories of front impact and rollover. The IIHS gives it the best Good rating in all of its categories. Rearview camera is not standard.


The 2016 Pathfinder lineup includes Pathfinder S with front-wheel drive ($29,830), the better-equipped Pathfinder SV ($33,150), the even better equipped Pathfinder SL ($36,410), and the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive Platinum ($43,300). Platinum includes the tow package, Bose sound system, surround-view camera, and navigation with voice command and streaming Bluetooth.


The curvaceous shell of the Pathfinder has nice proportions, concealing its bulk and height. It’ a bit swept back, with a long hood, raked windshield and upswept rear window, as well as a bold chrome grille, sculpted fenders, and other touches that remind you it’s part of the fancy Infiniti family, while more realistically resembling the smaller Rogue and larger Armada SUVs.

The contours flow up around the front fenders, drop below the window, and climb back over the rear wheelwells. Deep character lines on the hood and front wheelwells give the Pathfinder pop. Too bad it lacks LED headlamps to finish the stylish design.


Despite any Infiniti influence, the Pathfinder cabin is conservative, with just two colors to choose from, charcoal and almond, in functional fabrics, and plastics that are hard and smooth, durable and easy to clean. Meanwhile the glossier dashboard clashes with matte door panels. The Pathfinder’s screens, both the standard screen and the higher resolution navigation screen, aren’t touch screens; they use a dial and buttons. The integration of some of the infotainment functions isn’t as good Ford’s MyFord Touch system, which has its own problems.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive for the driver’s back, but the bolstering is lacking. The second row is less comfortable, with short, flat and low seats, so the passengers must lean back and splay their legs. There’s plenty of headroom, as a result.

But the rear seat has a feature parents will love, as it allows access to the third row without any adjustment to a Latch and Glide child seat in the center of the second row. Except you should take the child out, first. The second row slides forward to give the third row more legroom. It’s roomier than most third rows, with low cushions and a raked back, but it’s still mostly just for kids, like them all.

More family friendlies comes with the many bins and trays in the back, including no less than three bottle holders in each rear door panel, along with cupholders on each side of the third row, not to mention four up front. That would be a total of 12, if we’ve counted right. It sounds very convenient, until you think of the restroom stops.

With the seats folded, there’s 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, on par with most midsize SUVS but dinky compared to the Chevy Traverse’s vast 116.3 cubic feet. With the seats up, the Pathfinder shrinks to 16 cubic feet, a number that’s doubly dinky.

Nissan engineers worked hard on making the cabin quiet, and it shows.

Driving Impressions

The engine is Nissan’s sterling 3.5-liter V6 that has proven itself in countless applications, including the 370Z sports car (a 3.7-liter version). It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, good enough for the Pathfinder, if the CVT could only connect to that torque without having to be woken up, especially after the car has been loafing along for a while.

The ride is smooth and pleasant, making long trips a breeze. Noise and vibration, including wind noise, are at a minimum. The Pathfinder rides like a softly sprung sedan, and its lighter weight it noticeable behind the wheel.

In the front-wheel-drive Pathfinder you can feel some torque steer, the front wheels pulling to the side when you get hard on the gas; but it goes away with the more balanced all-wheel drive. That system allows the driver to select fwd only, or awd, with the power electronically dividing between the left and right sides,, as needed depending on the traction at those wheels.

The Pathfinder can be pitched around on choppy roads with more success than some of its rivals, although it is a relative thing, and we’re not saying it likes it. The hydraulic-electric power steering is quick and has the right amount of resistance, with a sureness at center. We’re not so sure about the tires, however; most models come with tires designed for better fuel mileage, with low rolling resistance, and their hardness doesn’t offer as much grip as the steering encourages the chassis to ask for. We drove models with the standard 18-inch wheels and optional 20-inch wheels, and they felt the same.


If you need a third-row seat, and the Nissan Rogue isn’t big enough for you, the Pathfinder is next to look at. Wonderful V6 engine, good fuel mileage, and soft ride; too bad about that slow CVT transmission.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports.

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