The Nissan Pathfinder is one of the best off-road vehicles on the market for 2010. It is also a great hauler and has seating for seven passengers, which will appeal to families. Although, reviewers do report that the two back rows are slightly cramped. This SUV has quite a few available trims consisting of, the base S FE+, S, SE, LE V6 and LE V8.
Under the hood of the S model you will find a 266-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, while the SE and LE have an optional 310-horsepower 5.6-liter V8. The 2WD V8 engine has not been tested by the EPA, but the 2WD V6 gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The bigger engine and 4WD models prove to be fuel guzzlers too, with the 6 cylinder getting 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. When the EPA tested the V8 FWD they got 13 mpg in the city and only 18 mpg on the highway.
Both engines have a five speed automatic transmission, the SE also gets a manual shift too. Drivers experienced smooth upshifts, but would prefer faster and better downshifts. The Pathfinder is spirited around the city, and gets from 0-60 in 7.8 seconds. It is not as smooth a handler as some of the crossover vehicles of this type, it seems to drive more like a truck. There is some body roll, and the wide turning circle makes it difficult to manoeuvre this heavy weight vehicle. Braking seems to be accurate and precise, and the Pathfinder handles well in a straight line at highway speeds.
On the interior the front seats are described as quite comfortable, adequate for the average driver. There is a standard moonroof on the LE V6 model and the navigation system comes as standard on the LE V8. If you have children they will be delighted with the LE V8 Value Package, which provides a rear DVD player and seven-inch color monitor. The SE premium journey is also a new package that adds features like, XM Satellite Radio, a RearView Monitor, and 10-speaker Bose audio system.
Cargo room is about average for this type of SUV, it has 79.2 cubic feet of space with all the seats folded down. You will get 49.2 with the third row of seats folded, and 13.6 with all the seats in use. Nissan states that there are 64 different seating and cargo settings to choose from. With a price tag of $29,540 it is in the average bracket as far as expense for its class. The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder does have a lot to offer, it is a great off road vehicle, there is plenty of space for cargo, and it handles adequately. There are some drawbacks, such as, fuel economy and interior comfort, but it beats a lot of SUV’s in its class on other aspects.