2019 Nissan Pathfinder

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The 2019 Pathfinder has evolved from a rugged off-road SUV beloved by young singles to a more family-oriented vehicle. It continues to gain popularity with buyers looking for a reliable three-row SUV with abundant interior space and class-leading towing capacity.

The Pathfinder comes in a series of trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. As expected, the standard technology and safety features vary among the trim levels. One thing that remains consistent across all trims is the drivetrain: a 284 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 gas engine paired with a continuously variable transmission.

Pathfinder Performance

Performance is where the ’19 Pathfinder truly pulls away from the competition, thanks to its strong 284 hp V6. This engine lets the Pathfinder quickly accelerate, merge onto the highway with confidence, and tow a best-in-class 6,000 pounds (when properly equipped).

There are two powertrain options: front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, which is ideal for New England drivers. The fuel economy for 2WD Pathfinders is impressive for an SUV: 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. AWD models drop ever so slightly to 19 city/26 highway. These stats place the Nissan Pathfinder slightly above average for its segment.

Pathfinder Safety

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave a five (out of five) star overall rating for the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder based on crash testing. Many state-of-the-art active safety features come standard, including automatic emergency braking, where a front radar monitoring system mitigates imminent collision damage with the vehicle or object ahead by applying the brakes for the driver. The SV adds rear cross-traffic alert, and SL and Platinum raise the stakes with blind-spot monitoring and an around-view monitor system.

Pathfinder Utility & Technology

One of the greatest values of owning any SUV is the versatile cargo and storage space. The 2019 Pathfinder did not come up short whatsoever in this area, as it provides more than ample storage and cargo options, beating the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander in interior volume. Beyond its interior flexibility, the Pathfinder’s ruggedness and power allow it to tow up to 6,000 pounds, making it ideal for those who own snowmobiles, small boats, and the like.

In regards to technology, the base Pathfinder S comes well equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth capability, voice recognition, six USB ports for device charging, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The higher-level Pathfinder SL adds a 120-volt power outlet, motion-activated power liftgate, infotainment navigation, and NissanConnect emergency-response services. Lastly, the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition is available at SV and SL trim levels offers some black exterior cladding and more of a rugged look.