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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Review Features, Prices, Performance and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 22, 2020 at 07:26 AM
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder has got a new cabin that includes a tri-zone entertainment system making the Pathfinder road-trip-ready. The exterior design of the car has got sporty curves, bold front looks, massive alloy wheels, and sturdy structure, turning heads wherever it wanders.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Power, Space, Adventure, the new Nissan Pathfinder is ready to take you to new places. Packed with the latest powertrain including an impressive V6 engine, serious space inside with 3-row seating and ample cargo volume, and latest tech inside gives you company while exploring adventurous destinations. Safety and Reliability of the car have also got a level up with advanced systems and standard safety amenities inside. The new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is definitely on the top list of chartbuster SUVs.

So, how does the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder stack up?

SUVs are the new name in the popular list of vehicles. Capable of athletic performance, spacious cabin and cargo volume, a perfect companion for weekend camps, and immensely comfortable ride, the Sport Utility Vehicle has it all. The new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder gives tough competition in the segment with bold design, power-packed performance, and lavish interior space. Competitors to the Pathfinder include Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot to name a few.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Trims and Features

The new line-up of the Nissan Pathfinder provides four exciting options for customers. They include the base model S, up the ladder, we have SL, SV, and the Platinum version being the topmost. Standard features like Bluetooth technology, Hill-start Assistance, Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, Rear sonar system, and Hill-start assist are offered in all variants. Packed with a powerful 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6, this beast can make 284 HP out of thin air with the best-in-class towing capacity of about 6000 lbs.

Trim

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$31,040

$33,730

$37,750

$42,570

MSRP (AWD)

$32,730

$35,420

$39,440

$44,260

Key Features

3.5L V6 Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

 

Advanced Drive-Assist Display

HomeLink universal transceiver

Nissan Connect services

Nissan Connect services

 

Nissan Connect 8-inch touchscreen display

Intelligent Cruise control

Nissan Navigation system

Nissan Navigation system

 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio & Travel Link

Nissan Intelligent Key

Motion-activated liftgate

Motion-activated liftgate

 

Six USB ports

Remote Engine Start for easy accessibility

Welcome lighting

Welcome lighting

 

Speed-sensitive volume control

Three 12V power output

120V power output

Bose premium audio system 13-speaker setup

 

18-inch Alloy wheels

18-inch Aluminum wheels

18-inch Aluminum wheels

20-inch Aluminum wheels

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Engine and Performance

Packed with staggering performance abilities, the new Nissan Pathfinder equips a 3.5 Liter V6 Diesel Engine clubbed with an efficient transmission system. Together, the power numbers can go up to 284 HP and a net torque of about 259 lb.-ft. The towing capacity of the Pathfinder is one of the best-in-segment with over 6000 lbs. capacity.

How does the engine feel?

With a CVT transmission and a massive 3.5L V6 engine, the car can go a long way and shows off extremely good all-terrain performance. The new Nissan Pathfinder definitely bags the top three powerful SUVs in the segment. You get a good surge of power at higher revs. Also, being a full size SUV, the Nissan Pathfinder gets the maximum towing capacity in the segment. 

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$33,730

$34,470

$34,530

$33,890

$32,765

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

2.5L Intercooled Turbo

2.3L Intercooled Turbo

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

284 @ 6,400

284 @ 6,400

280 @ 6,000

227 @ 5,000

300 @ 5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

259 @ 4,800

259 @ 4,400

262 @ 4,700

310 @ 2,000

310 @ 3,500

In comparison to its rivals, the Ford Explorer gets the most efficient engine but it is the most expensive of the lot. The Pathfinder really goes neck-to-neck with the Honda Pilot. The Pilot gets almost the same engine configuration and packs a bit more low-end torque. 

How fast is the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder?

The heavy engine and bulky body structure do not hinder the car’s accelerating abilities. The new Nissan Pathfinder can sprint a 0-60 mph under 7.5 seconds which makes the SUV one of the quickest of the lot. Also, the top speed of the car can go up to 140 mph, which always gives you room to push it a little further. The gearbox included in the new range is a CVT type transmission system which improves drivetrain efficiency.

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.4

7.4

7.0

7.1

9.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16

16

N/A

15.5

16.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

141

141

N/A

130

143

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

2.5L Intercooled Turbo

2.3L Intercooled Turbo

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.6

7.6

8

N/A

7.3

The fastest of the lot is the 2020 Honda Pilot followed by the intriguing Mazda CX-9. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder also does a decent job in terms of speed and performance, the top speed remaining the same. Carbon emissions are the least in Ford Explorer at 7.3 tons/yr, giving it a greener edge.

How Does the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder handle?

Handling abilities of the new Pathfinder is one of the best in the segment. With great power comes great responsibility and it features great handling abilities at all road conditions. The Pathfinder just absorbs the bumps easily and gives you a comfortable ride. The suspension, however, has been beefed up a little so as to maintain better stability at higher speeds. 

Pathfinder is offered with a 3.5L V6 Engine

The Pathfinder also feels a bit lagging behind in the power department. You still get 284 horses to play with but the engine does not feel that responsive. It is not underpowered at any point but it really feels alive at higher revs. Once you start pushing the gas harder, you get a relentless power and because of its aesthetics, it feels a bit uncomfortable at higher speeds.

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How well does the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder stop?

When it comes to high-speed SUVs, brakes play an integral role in controlling the performance of the car and minimizing risks of a crash. The new Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with a high-performance braking setup. The 2018 model was equipped with Front and Rear Disc type brakes with an all-wheel ABS system. The ABS system reduces wheel spin in slippery road conditions, thereby improving traction. The latest model shares the same fittings as well. Among competitors, Nissan Pathfinder does a good job under braking performance and stopping abilities.

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.6

12.6

12.6

NA

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.1

12.1

13

12.8

NA

Curb Weight (lbs)

4308

4308

4060

4225

4345

60-0 (feet)

124

124

117

123

108

As we can clearly interpret from the above data, the best braking performance is delivered by 2020 Ford Explorer followed by 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda CX-9 at par. The lightest of the lot is the Honda Pilot, improving the dynamics at high speeds and overall efficiency of the car. The Pathfinder also has a similar design statement as the Pilot.

How many miles to the gallon does the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder offer?

SUVs are not that great in terms of fuel economy but the new Pathfinder definitely impresses us with better than average numbers. With newer design concepts, usage of light sustainable materials, and advanced technology, the fuel efficiency of cars is improving year after year. We can witness the growth in the economy with newer models.

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

20

20

19

22

21

MPG (Highway)

27

27

27

28

28

MPG (Combined)

23

23

22

24

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5

19.5

19.5

19

19.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

390/526.5/448.5

390/526.5/448.5

370.5/526.5/429

418/532/456

403.2/537.6/460.8

2020 Ford Explorer offers the best range in the segment. The 2020 and 2018 model of Nissan Pathfinder has the best fuel efficiency is the segment. A smaller tank sets back the range of the car to number two among rivals.

Is the interior of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder a nice place to be?

The interior of the new Nissan Pathfinder is upgrading to whole new levels. Packed with comfortable seating arrangement, genteel interior materials, latest tech advancements, numerous connectivity options, and premium audio setup, you will never be bored in the new

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Interiors

SUV. Space is not a problem with ample legroom, shoulder room, and headroom for all the three rows. Be it short city rides to long ride stints. The Pathfinder always has something to keep you engaged and enjoy the ride to the fullest.

Are the seats comfortable?

The new Nissan Pathfinder has a seating capacity of seven passengers with ample cabin space. The front seats come with heating features and multiple adjustments to suit the driving style. Pass-through rear seats add cargo loading capacity. Also, the seats are wrapped in a premium leather material with a soft touch. The dashboard looks intriguing with a subtle layout and sporty accents.

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.2/60.9/42.2

42.2/60.9/42.2

40.1/62/40.9

39.3/57.9/41

40.7/61.8/43

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/60.4/41.7

39.4/60.4/41.7

40.2/62/38.4

38.5/58.1/39.4

40.5/61.9/39

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/57.1/30.7

37.8/57.1/30.7

36.9/57.6/31.9

35.4/53.1/29.7

38.9/54.6/32.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

16.2

16.5

14.4

18.2

The Nissan Pathfinder shows off the most spacious cabin as well as a decent trunk volume. Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot also offer ample cabin space and trunk volume to fit your long weekend getaway luggage.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment setup of the Nissan Pathfinder has improved since 2018. The latest model offers the latest features like smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless cell phone hookup, MP3 Player, and premium 13-speaker premium audio system by Bose. 8-inch touchscreen infotainment is standard for all variants. Moreover, features like HomeLink universal transceiver, HD Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Speed-sensitive volume control, and many more keep you engaged during long rides.

Is the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder attractive?

The design statement of Nissan Pathfinder is improving with more emphasis on the dynamic performance of the car. The front look of the car is appealing and bolder than ever. New side-design enhancements have been made in the latest model, giving the SUV a sporty edge. The shoulder lines are sleek, improving the high-speed game. LED headlights and taillights with massive aluminum alloy wheels give the Pathfinder a unique yet elegant look.

Models

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

2020 Honda Pilot EX

2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2020 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lb)

4308

4308

4060

4225

4345

Length (inches)

198.5

198.5

196.5

199.4

198.8

Width (inches)

77.3

77.3

78.6

77.5

66.9

Height (inches)

69.5

69.5

70.6

67.6

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

7

7

-

-

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

114.2

111

115.3

119.1

The best-in-segment ground clearance is offered by the Ford explorer followed by Nissan Pathfinder. The lower body structure gives better stability at high speeds and also improves cornering performance. The overall dimension of the new Pathfinder looks magnificent.

Safety features of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan has ensured to equip the Pathfinder line-up with advanced safety features and Driver Assistance systems. The 2018 model of the Fit included Braking Assist, Electronic Stability Control, DRLs, Traction Control, and ABS. With constant improvements, the 2020 model features advance Driver Assistance features on top of all the standard safety features from the previous gen.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Crash Testing

Also, the flagship Nissan safety package takes care of passenger safety in an unforeseen situation. The tech inside is fully electronic controlled, giving the 2020 model an upper hand in reliability and accuracy.

Which one to go for?

Keeping in mind the minimum mechanical as well as exterior changes including similar engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, and body structure, both the 2018 and 2020 model of Nissan Pathfinder SUV is at par. The game-changer is the interior upgrades and safety enhancements the latest model has undergone. If you are looking for a similar performance and don’t mind the interior aspect of the car, the 2018 model can save you some money. But, if you are looking for the latest tech inside and advanced safety features, the 2020 model should be the one to go for.

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