2011 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP $28,570 - $43,250

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2011 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Nissan Pathfinder is made for those who want a sturdy and rugged traditional off-roading truck. This seven-seater off-roader beast is not a regular family hauler, once a nimble and light vehicle that is now larger and heavier. The Pathfinder is available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive drivetrain and it doesn’t matter whether it’s an RWD or 4WD as it would still climb over rocks like a champ. 

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Pros

A powerful V8 option

Awesome towing capability

Decent cargo space

Cons

Bad fuel economy

Low second & third-row space

Handles like a truck

What's New?

A Silver Edition trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$28570

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

266 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

288 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

192.3 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

72 in.

curb weight

4427 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$28,570 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 50-50 split-bench Third row seats
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

SV$31,920 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Parking assist
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Rear air conditioning with controls

Silver edition$35,910 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim

LE$38,120 onwards

  • 18-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Pathfinder in Dark Slate Metallic color
Dark Slate Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.1

Exterior

6.5

Safety

7.4

Competition

6.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


This mid-size SUV is not your typical crossover as it has a towing capacity of 6000 to 7000 pounds, depending upon the engine option. About the engine options, Nissan has provided a 4.0 liter, V6 gas that puts down 266 horsepower in the lower trims of the pathfinder, and the other one is 5.6 liter, V8 gas that churns out a total of 310 horsepower. 5.6 V8 is an engine for those who strive for more power. Besides having all these abilities it sure has some drawbacks too, like its heavy body, cramped second & third-row seats, and poor fuel economy.


7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.1/10
Interior

6.5/10
Exterior

7.4/10
Safety


2011 Nissan Pathfinder Features

7.5/10

This 2011 mid-size SUV is made available by the Japanese automaker Nissan in five distinct trims the S, SV, a Silver Edition on the occasion 25th anniversary, and the top trim LE. A 4.0-liter V6 gas is a standard powerhouse for all trims, but a stronger 5.6-liter V8 is only there in the LE trim. The two different drivetrain choices are in stock on all the trims but the topmost trim LE with V8 gas is only available with 4WD.

Trim

S (V6)

SV (V6)

Silver Edition (V6)

LE (V6)

LE (V8)

MSRP (RWD)

$29,390

$32,730

$36,720

$38,930

NA

MSRP (4WD)

$31,380

$34,730

$28,720

$41,130

$44,060

Key Features

5-Speed automatic

All the features of S trim

All features of SV trim

All features of Silver Edition 

All features of LE (V6)

 

16-Inch alloy wheels

17-Inch alloy wheels

Keyless entry

18-Inch alloy wheels

Navigation system

 

Rear privacy glass

Foglamps

Push start-stop button

Sunroof

Available rear-seat entertainment

 

Full power accessories

Fabric upholstery

Heated mirror

Driver memory function

 
 

Cruise control

Automatic headlights

Leather upholstery

Heated steering wheel

 
 

Air conditioning

8-Way power driver seats

4-way passenger power seat

Wood-grain trim

 
 

8-Way manually adjustable driver seat

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Heated front seats

   
 

6-speaker stereo

Rear AC

10-Speaker Bose audio system

   
 

CD player

Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

Bluetooth connectivity

   
 

Tilt steering wheel

Rear-view camera

Satellite radio

   
 

Roof rails

AUX jack

     

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The Nissan Pathfinder SV seems to be a more value for money trim. It includes all good to go features of S trim plus it has some better interior touches like upgraded fabric upholstery, a nice leather-wrapped steering wheel & gear shift knob, leveled-up air conditioning, a comfortable 8-way power driver seat, and necessary safety equipment such as fog lamps, automatic headlamps, and a rearview camera. For someone who wants a hardcore off-roading performance vehicle with a 4WD drivetrain then there is only one trim the LE (V8) that offers those configurations.

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Nissan Pathfinder has two powerhouses, the lower four trims S, SV, Silver Edition & LE (V6) is powered by the 4.0-liter V6 gas engine which produces 266 hp at 5600 rpm and offers a 288 lb-ft of mid-range torque at 4000 rpm. The better and stronger 5.6-liter V8 gas delivers the massive power of 310 hp at 5200 rpm and has a pulling ability of 388 lb-ft at 3400 rpm. The V8 engine produces 22 lb-ft of more torque and one can also feel the pull 600 rpm before that of V6. 

The only disappointing thing is that the bigger engine is only available with a 4WD drivetrain in the top trim LE. Although all the models are RWD as standard, a good thing is that Nissan has offered an optional 4WD for all trims. The only 5-speed automatic transmission comes mated in all the variants and for both engines. With all these specifications, Pathfinder surely becomes a true off-roading truck but it’s not recommended as a daily driver because of its sheer weight and gas guzzler engine.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Explorer

Toyota 4Runner

MSRP

$28,570

$30,215

$28,360

$30,305

Engine

4.0-L, V6 gas

3.6-L, V6 gas

3.5-L, V6 gas

4.0-L, V6 gas

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

5-Speed automatic

5-Speed automatic

6-Speed automatic

5-Speed Automatic

Power

266 hp @ 5600 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

290 hp @ 6500 rpm

270 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

288 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

255 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

0 to 60 mph

7.4 sec

9 sec

7.7 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter-Mile 

15.5 sec

17.8 sec

16.1 sec

15.5 sec

Top Speed

124 mph

130 mph

108 mph

115 mph

Nissan isn’t the most powerful in the competition but it still outclasses the raw performance of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford in 0 to 60 & quarter-mile timing, while Toyota 4Runner is the only one that comes close to Pathfinder just by a hairline. Ford is the only one in the segment that gets a 6-speed automatic but it does make a difference as it might lose the race with the least top speed of 108 mph in the segment.

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The Nissan Pathfinder is made to climb mountains, ride clear through slippery muddy dirt roads and enjoy camping nights in the middle of the Forest. For all these reasons it must have an engine that can endure these situations but there is always one thing that needs to be compromised and that is the fuel economy of this vehicle. With that much power, it becomes a monster that is always hungry for more fuel and claims the fuel efficiency of 14mpg, 22 mpg, and 17 mpg in the city, on the straight highway and combined conditions respectively.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Explorer

Toyota 4Runner

MPG (City)

14 mpg

16 mpg

17 mpg

17 mpg

MPG (Highway)

22 mpg

23 mpg

25 mpg

23 mpg

MPG ( Combined)

17 mpg

18 mpg

20 mpg

19 mpg

Fuel Capacity (gal)

21.1

24.6

18.6

23 

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (miles)

317/ 464/ 358

394/ 566/ 442

316/ 465/ 372

391/ 529/ 437

While all the rivals average out the fuel economy of 18 mpg and above, Nissan is claiming a terrible economy of 17 mpg under combined situations with the underwhelming fuel capacity of 21.1 mpg. Even the Toyota 4Runner is delivering an impressive efficiency of 19 mpg which outmatches the performance of Nissan. The Ford Explorer on the other hand gets the worst fuel capacity of 18.6 gallons because it’s the one that claims the highest economy of 20 mpg.

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

7.1/10

The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder comes with three rows and a seating capacity of 7, the front row of this car is quite comfortable but the second and third-row don’t have much leg and shoulder room. The interior design has a pleasant appeal to it and with the generous amount of storage spaces, it has a ready to go on long-drive attitude. 

The ingress and egress for the second and third-row passengers are quite hard and the third row is only suitable for children only. The base trim misses out on some convenience features like an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded fabric seats, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and gear shifter.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Explorer

Toyota 4Runner

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg)

40/ 58.3/ 42.4

40/ 58.6/ 40.3

41.4/ 61.3/ 40.6

39.3/ 57.8/ 41.7

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg)

39.0/ 58.4/ 34.2

39.3/ 58/ 38.6

40.5/ 61/ 39.8

38.6/ 57.8/ 32.9

Third Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg)

36.7/ 57.1/ 28.1

NA

37.8/ 50.8/ 33.2

NA

Cargo Capacity

16.5 cu-ft

36.3 cu-ft

21 cu-ft

47.2 cu-ft

In the competition, only Nissan and Ford offer 7 seating-capacity while compromising on the cargo capacity. The Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner don’t have any third-row but they offer a good amount of cargo space. In the first row, all the cars have almost the same dimensions except for Ford as it has a massive 61 inches of headroom. Second-row seats of ford are quite spacious, the legroom in the second row of the explorer is 39.8 inches that is the biggest amongst the rivals while Nissan’s second-row legroom is 34.2 which is a disappointment.

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Infotainment System

The base trim of the 2011 Pathfinder comes only with a CD player and a 6-speaker stereo system and SV trim doesn’t pack much, besides a multicolor infotainment display and an AUX jack. If you want your ride to be more enjoyable then opt for the upper trim Silver Edition which also gets Bluetooth connectivity, a 10-speaker Bose audio system with a 6-CD changer, and satellite radio. All the entertainment features that come with the pathfinder either in base or on upper trims are mentioned below:

  • 6-speaker stereo system ( S & upper)
  • CD player ( S & upper)
  • Infotainment display (SV & upper)
  • Auxiliary audio input ( SV & upper)
  • 10-Speaker Bose audio system (Silver Edition & upper)
  • Bluetooth connectivity (Silver Edition & upper) 
  • 6-CD changer (SIlver Edition & upper)
  • Satellite radio (Silver Edition & upper)
  • Navigation system (LE) 
  • Rear entertainment system (LE)

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

6.5/10

The Pathfinder’s exterior doesn’t have much appeal, it rather gives a sober vibe. Nissan has designed this car like a truck, it has a wide and higher stance and one would feel like a king of the road while riding it. This masculine car comes equipped with roof rails, 16-inch alloy wheels in S trim, and 18-inch alloys on top LE models. Nissan has also given a sunroof in the LE trim for those who like light and air inside their car. With the 9-inch of ground clearance, there won’t be any trail that this car can’t go through, and the most unique thing about this vehicle is that the rear door’s handle is on the upper side of the door near the C-pillar.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Ford Explorer

Toyota 4Runner

Curb Weight (lbs)

4427

4470

4557

4400

Length (in)

192

190

197

190

Width (in)

73

76

79

76

Height (in)

72

69

70

72

Ground Clearance (in)

9

9

8

9

Wheelbase (in)

112

115

113

110

Despite being a seven-seater the Pathfinder is just 2-inch longer but, Ford significantly has a 7-inch more length than the Jeep and Toyota. Nissan is the second lightest in the competition with a curb weight of 4427 lbs while Toyota takes the lightest and Ford the heaviest badge with the weight of 4400 lbs and 4557 lbs respectively. With the lowest width and the height of 72 inches, passengers would definitely feel some body roll in the Pathfinder. 

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

7.4/10

The Nissan Pathfinder comes with the overall evaluation as “good” when crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and all thanks to its rugged structure and the safety features that this car comes with. Some safety technology that is included as standard are anti-lock braking system, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle dynamic control, brake actuated limited-slip, front-seat side-impact airbags with some more that are mentioned below -

  • Stability control
  • Side door guard beams
  • Height-adjustable 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Child safety door locks
  • Rearview backup camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Fog lamps

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The Nissan Pathfinder is a true off-roading vehicle, it has a higher stance and it’s a big car. It’s not an easy task to maneuver this beast on cramped city roads and it also drinks up fuel pretty fast. Then what is the purpose of this heavy vehicle? The answer is simple, it's a vehicle for those who want to enjoy a camp night or go on an adventure with their family and friends then with the seating capacity of 7 it won’t be a problem. So one can select it as an off-roading option. 

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