Inside the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

If you’re looking for a versatile family vehicle, be sure to check out the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder. It remains one of today’s most rewarding midsize crossovers.

Let’s take a closer look at what the new Pathfinder brings to the table.

Trims

  • S: $31,430 (4WD adds $1,690)
  • SV: $34,270
  • SL: $37,920
  • Platinum: $42,770

Performance Specs

All versions of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder are powered by the same 3.5-liter, DOHC V6 engine. It’s rated to push out a brawny 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Like so many other Nissan vehicles, the Pathfinder uses an Xtronic CVT opposed to a traditional automatic transmission. This feature helps to ensure the best possible fuel efficiency.

On the road, the Pathfinder rewards drivers with a strong performance. Although this crossover may not be the sportiest model in the segment, it feels confident in all driving situations. Impressive towing capabilities further highlight the Pathfinder’s versatility. A 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity makes it a great alternative to a midsize pickup truck.

While most people will be using the Pathfinder as a daily driver, don’t be afraid to take it on a light off-road adventure. An optional 4×4 system enables the Pathfinder to easily topple the average trail. If the road conditions start to get especially slippery, activate the 4WD Lock Mode for enhanced traction. Hill descent control is also found on the 4WD-equipped Pathfinder. By automatically adjusting your speed and brake pressure when traveling down a steep slope, this feature gives you a greater sense of security.

Gas Mileage

For a seven-passenger crossover, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder returns solid fuel economy. According to the latest EPA ratings, you can anticipate getting 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. However, getting the optional 4WD system slightly lowers overall efficiency.

Because Nissan tuned the engine to develop full power on regular unleaded gas, you can avoid the extra expense of premium fuel.

Entertainment Features

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder packs enough technology to satisfy most car shoppers. Some of the key standard equipment includes Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, and dual USB ports. Plus, Nissan offers a Wi-Fi hot spot as a standalone option.

Like many people, you’re probably interested in the crossover’s infotainment system. An 8.0-inch Nissan Connect touchscreen comes standard across the lineup. Car reviewers applaud the interface for its sharp graphics and fast processing. While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available, Nissan Connect can link with your smartphone using Bluetooth.

A 13-speaker Bose audio system is available with the upper trims. It’s clearly a step above the base stereo system. Furthermore, Acoustic Waveguide Technology helps optimize sound quality. Available as an option of the range-topping Platinum trim, the Tri-Zone Entertainment system is a must for the families who love to travel. Aside from using the system to watch movies and play video games, kids can also plug in their smartphone.

Safety Features

In the event of an accident, you’ll be thankful for the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder’s solid impact protection. It earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The Pathfinder also received a “Superior” rating from the IIHS for its front crash prevention.

Aside from a backup camera, the Pathfinder comes standard with automatic emergency braking. If you fail to react to a fast-approaching road hazard, this valuable driving aid will seek to prevent a potential collision. New for 2019, reverse parking sensors come standard.

If you’re the parent of a small child or a pet owner, you’ll greatly appreciate the Pathfinder’s Rear Door Alert feature. It’s designed to prevent kids from being left behind in a hot vehicle. Multiple honking alerts remind you to check the backseat.

To help with parking, Nissan offers the Pathfinder with an Around View Monitor. A total of four cameras enable the system to provide a 360-degree perspective of your surroundings. It includes Moving Object Detection, which lets you know when an obstacle is in motion. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also available on most trims.

Pros

Made for Families

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder excels at keeping families comfortable. Sliding and reclining second-row seats ensure a very relaxing ride. When the third-row seats aren’t used, you can fold them down to expand the available cargo space. Good headroom also makes the Pathfinder a great choice for dog lovers.

Doubles as a Pickup Truck

Because of the Pathfinder’s high towing capacity, it’s a more practical alternative to Nissan’s Frontier pickup. From boats to a trailer full of furniture, you’ll be able to tow a lot of stuff. You can also benefit from the available 4×4 system, which helps you to overcome snowy conditions. Most importantly, you won’t have to sacrifice your family’s comfort.

Easy-to-Use Features

While behind the wheel of the new Pathfinder, you’re surrounded by easy-to-use features. Like the standard tri-zone climate control system, the Nissan Connect touchscreen is simple and straightforward. This is a big plus for the folks who prefer a hassle-free driving experience.

All-New Rock Creek Edition Package

This year, Nissan has introduced a new Rock Creek Edition package for the Pathfinder. It gives the SUV a more adventurous look by adding a rugged-looking set of 18-inch alloy wheels and unique front/rear fascia.

Cons

Tight Third Row

While this crossover can accommodate up to seven people, the third row is a tight fit for most adults. It’s more suitable for children.

Final Thoughts

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder hits the right mark in several key categories. Valuable safety features and a comfortable interior make it a worthy family vehicle. Definitely consider it as your next vehicle.

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