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Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder first made its way onto American soil in 1986. Featuring a two or four-door body style, the Pathfinder was originally considered a compact SUV. However, as years have passed, the model has jumped in size and is now in the mid-size category. Placed in between the Murano and Armada in the maker's lineup, the Pathfinder has long been a staple on the American SUV market. Most recently, the Pathfinder received a complete makeover including an exterior revamp and new engine addition.

In the beginning, the Nissan Pathfinder was fitted with a range of V6 and I4 engines, with two turbodiesel selections. Powerfully equipped, the Pathfinder was a hit with the buying public and Nissan saw sales rise quickly. However, as other makers began releasing similar models, it seems that buyers began to switch over to the standard American brands (Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge) for their SUV needs. With a slump in sales, Nissan had to do something big to get attention, and they redesigned the model with a sleeker exterior in 1996. Engine choices stayed generally the same, but horsepower was pumped up and a new crosshatch grille was added.

Though sales of the Nissan Pathfinder did begin to pick up, it was still nowhere near what the classic American manufacturers were making. So, in 2005, Nissan decided to give it another try and produced a Pathfinder with a muscular, tank-like appearance. The commanding profile gained a great deal of praise, and consumers found themselves more attracted to the Pathfinder than many other popular SUV brands. With an increase in size, the model became a mid-size SUV and a powerful 317 horsepower V8 was added to pick up the slack.

While recent attention has been paid to hybrid SUVs, Nissan is staying quiet about the Pathfinder. Critics and consumers alike are wondering if the maker will give it a "green" makeover, but no word has been released about the future of the model. Unfortunately, because of its lack of environmental friendliness, buyers are beginning to stray from the Pathfinder again, and Nissan will soon have to think of something to regain their admiration.

took notice of the Pathfinder and has used the model in several films and television shows. Blockbuster hits like America Ferrara's Real Women Have Curves, teen thriller Cry Wolf, and cult favorite Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind have all given a role to the Pathfinder. Television programs that utilized the Nissan Pathfinder in a scene include Prison Break, One Tree Hill, Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show, and the teen drama The O.C.

Nissan Pathfinder Reviews by Year

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
The ever-bold 2010 Nissan Pathfinder arrives at dealers available in 5 trims: S FE, S, SE, LE V6 and LE V8. MSRP's range comfortably from $27,540 to $42,300. Right now, you can find very nice Nissan financing online. The Chevy Tahoe, Ford Explorer and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited have their wheels full trying to match the value presented by the Pathfinder. It's a classy midsized SUV that takes care of its occupants off the road as well as it does in suburbia. It's stylish and tough, safe and technologically advanced.

The stock engine for the 2010 Pathfinder by Nissan is a powerful 4.0L 266-horse V6 that cranks out 288 lb-ft of torque with the added powers of a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Impressive EPA estimations for fuel economy are reported at 15/22 mpg city/highway. The Pathfinder has a 21.1-gallon fuel tank that will keep you going more than 400 highway miles on a single fill-up. It has also earned 5-star safety ratings in frontal crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. The confident list of standard safety features includes:. more
2009 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is the evolution of one of the earliest SUVs. It's a midsize vehicle competing domestically with Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Chrysler Aspen, GMC Acadia, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Saturn Outlook.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Essentially the same as last year's model, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder has had some minor cosmetic changes. The doors, for example, have new rub strips, and the front bumper has been subtly altered.
2007 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2007 Nissan Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S ($25,600), SE ($26,850), SE Off-Road ($31,650), and LE ($33,800). All are powered by a 266 horsepower, 4.0 liter V6 and come with a five-speed automatic transmission.
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