For many years the Nissan Pathfinder has been a force to reckoned with in SUV circles. Not only has this model delivered Nissan a prominent position in the premium sport utility segment, luxury has never eclipsed the Pathfinder’s reputation as a capable off highway negotiator. As far as major equipment choices are concerned, you will not find much diversity here. The Pathfinder comes in two trim levels this year, the standard SE and the unlevel LE. Both are powered by a 3.5liter dohc V6. With its ability to produce up to 250 bhp and 240 lb.ft of torque when backed by a manual transmission, this engine has plenty of grit to haul itself and a load of weekend wilderness fun with no problems. Choices become only slightly more expanded farther down the driveline. A-5 speed manual transmission is available on 4 wheel drive while the others carry a 4 speed electronically controlled automatic. Surprising to some is the availability of two transfer case options. Serious off roaders will like the part time shift on the fly 2 speed version, while a pushbutton All Mode 4wd system is optional for LE buyers.
All Pathfinders come with a strut/ coil spring front suspension and a 5 link rear arrangement, also with coil springs. Front disc/rear drum brakes with ABS are standard. There have been a few changes of note for the Pathfinder, but no fundamental shake ups. Most obvious is anew grille boasting a larger and restyled Nissan badge. The now base SE model gets new titanium accented step rails and a roof rack with an integrated air dam, as well as body color bumpers and fender flares.