Review: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Review: 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

If you're in the Charlottesville area and need an 8-passenger SUV that the whole family will love, we've got something to show you. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is the ultimate road trip vehicle, with available driver assistance technology and a robust lineup of entertainment features.

See our full review below to get all the details and decide which trim suits your needs, then visit Colonial Nissan to get behind the wheel of this impressive full-size SUV.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Pathfinder comes in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. For ease of use and interior configurability, each model is equipped with the EX Flex Seating System, which includes a 60/40 split-folding second-row bench and a Latch and Glide 50/50 split- or flat-folding and reclining third-row bench. Seating options include a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with two-way lumbar support, driver's seat and mirror position memory, perforated leather-appointed seating, heated front and second-row outboard seats, climate-controlled front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and premium interior accents.

Standard convenience features include an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, 8-inch color touchscreen, Sirius XM Travel Link, Push Button Ignition, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth hands-free tech, three-zone climate control, and steering wheel-mounted cruise control. You also have the option to add Remote Engine Start, Nissan Intelligent Key, and HomeLink universal transceiver. For a truly deluxe experience, the Nissan SUV is available with a Motion Activated Liftgate and Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof.

Safety and Tech

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This generation was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

All models of the 2018 Pathfinder have a RearView Monitor, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, LED Daytime Running Lights, and Automatic Emergency Braking. Available safety technology includes a Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Sonar System, Intelligent Around View Monitor, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Entertainment technology includes the Bose Premium Audio system with 13 speakers and Acoustic Waveguide Technology and a Tri-Zone Entertainment System with dual 8-inch monitors, remote control, and wireless headphones. You can also opt for theĀ  Nissan Navigation System and NissanConnect Services by Sirius XM.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Under the hood, the 2018 Pathfinder has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, making 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan SUV is available with all-wheel drive and has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds.

Pathfinder FWD models get a fuel economy of 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while AWD versions get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.


Starting at $30,790 MSRP