2012 Nissan Pathfinder


Ranked #10 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$29,290 - $43,970

Key Spec of 2012 Nissan Pathfinder
fuel economy


fuel type

premium unleaded


266 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is a sport utility vehicle that sticks as close to its name as possible. It is built on the same chassis as the Nissan Titan pick-up truck. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder has an MSRP of $29,290 and is available with two strong engines. A 4.0L V-6 engine with 266 horsepower or a 5.6L V-8 engine with 310 horsepower is available. The Toyota 4Runner and the Honda Pilot are Pathfinder's main rivals in the segment.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Acts as both a family vehicle and an offroading vehicle 

Poor fuel economy

Included some new features such as navigation on the LE trim

Acceleration on the V-8 engine is fast 

Brakes are rough and feel like truck breaks

Moonroof and DVD player available on the Silver Edition

Front seats are comfortable with ample leg space

Plastic used is not of satisfactory quality 

Huge cargo space which can hold supplies enough for a long trip 

Ride over rough roads isn't as smooth as it is expected to be 

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features6.00
Pricing and Feature6.00
Engine and Performance7.30
Fuel Economy7.00
Notable Rankings

#10 in Midsize Suv

#11 in Suv

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S$29,290 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$32,640 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$36,630 onwards

  • 17-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

LE$40,240 onwards

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

Colors and Styles

2012 Nissan Pathfinder in Agate Black color
Agate Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder has a reputation for being a tough SUV with good off-road ability. This third-generation model, which was released in 2005, is no exception. The Pathfinder can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which outperforms most car-based crossovers. While the Pathfinder's truck-based muscle is useful for navigating rutted roads to your favorite fishing hole or towing the family camping trailer, it comes at a cost. You'll be giving up features like a smooth ride, confident handling, good fuel efficiency, and an interior with lots of capacity for both passengers and baggage. 


The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is available in five trim levels: S, SV, Silver, LE V6, and LE V8, with a choice of RWD or AWD drivetrains. A 4.0L V-6 engine or a 5.7L V-8 engine producing 266 hp and 310 hp, respectively, are available. Finally, you have a variety of optional packages from which to choose. Bluetooth, heated seats, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, and a long list of cosmetic upgrades are included in the new Silver Edition. The Pathfinder receives flashier wheels, Intelligent Key, XM Satellite Radio, and updated Bose audio with ten speakers on higher-level versions, as well as a heated steering wheel, leather seats, and wood trim on the top LE.




Silver edition









Key Features

Eight-way manually adjustable driver seat

Running power passenger seat, 

Eight-way  power driver seat

Rear air-conditioning 

5.6-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive


Cruise control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power-adjustable pedals

Automatic climate control

Real-time traffic


Tilt steering wheel

Upgraded cloth upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Upgraded leatherupholstery

Rear-seat entertainment system


Six-speaker stereo with a CD player.

Six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack

7-inch color multi-information display, a 


Navigation system with digital music storage




Heated front seats 

Rearview camera



We recommend 

Nissan has offered various trim options to suit your needs, and for us, the mid-range SV trim comes out to be the best option with a value for money package. The V6, which is standard in the first four trims, is adequate enough for city and highway drives. But if you want more oomph from your engine, the LE with V8 should be the best pick for you in the lineup.

Engine and Performance

The 4.0L V6 engine that comes standard on the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is sufficient for around-town driving but could use a little more oomph for uphill sprints. The optional V8 engine offers plenty of power, but the V8-equipped trim has a considerably low fuel economy. A five-speed automatic transmission coupled with rear-wheel drive is standard, however, a part-time and full-time four-wheel-drive system can be opted, depending on the trim. The SUV touches the 60 mph mark in 7.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds.


2012 Nissan pathfinder 

2012 Honda Pilot 

2012 Toyota 4Runner 

2012 Ford Explorer







4.0-liter V-6 

3.5-liter V6 

4.0L 6cyl

3.5L V6


Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive


5-Speed Automatic 

5-Speed Automatic 

5-Speed Automatic 

6-Speed Automatic 


266 hp 

250 hp 

270 hp 

290 hp 


288 lb-ft 

253 lb-ft 

278 lb-ft 

255 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.8 seconds

8.7 seconds

7.9 seconds

7.4 seconds

Quarter Mile (Seconds)





Top Speed (mph)

124 mph 

112 mph

180 mph 

135 mph

Both power plants exhibit considerable acceleration, as evidenced by the acceleration tests. The 5-speed automated transmission, whether shiftable or fully automatic, is mostly adequate, however, some reviewers noted that it tends to hesitate when downshifting in V6-equipped versions. The V6's sluggish performance on uphill terrain, especially with a load, is also mentioned.

Fuel Economy

The MPG leaves much to be desired when it comes to fuel economy because its competitors in the segment offer higher fuel efficiency. The SUV manages to offer 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. Due to low fuel efficiency, the maximum range is also compromised. The competitors all have high fuel efficiency, notably, the Honda Pilot has 21.5 mpg combined.


2012 Nissan Pathfinder

2012 Honda Pilot 

2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

15 mpg 

18 mpg

17 mpg 

18 mpg 

MPG (Highway)

22 mpg 



25 mpg 

MPG (Combined)

17 mpg 


20 mpg

20 mpg 

Fuel capacity

21.1 gal 

21 gal 

23 gal

18.6 gal 

Range (City/hwy/comb)





As we mentioned above, all the rivals in the competition manage to offer better specs in the fuel economy department. The Honda Pilot offers the most at 21.5 mpg combined, followed by both Toyota and Ford coming with 20 mpg combined. When comparing the overall range, again the Toyota 4Runner offers the most at 460 miles combined.


The Pathfinder's interior is generally regarded as comfortable, while many users believe that the second and third rows of seating could be a little more spacious. Many reviewers comment that the robust ute's cabin is beginning to show its age, and that the high-set rear door handles can be difficult for shorter people, citing steep step-in as an example. A power moonroof is available on the Silver Edition, and both the Silver Edition and LE trims are still eligible for a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The SUV comes with a cargo capacity of 16.5 cubic feet.


2012 Nissan Pathfinder

2012 Honda Pilot 

2012 Toyota 4runner

2012 Ford Explorer

Seating capacity





Front row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)



43.2/60.2/41.3 in 


Rear row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)



38.3/60.2/42 in 


Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.5 cu ft

16.5 cu ft

10.3 cu ft

21 cu ft

All the SUVs in the competition come with a seating capacity of 7, which is the segment standard. Also, the best space in the first row is offered by the 2012 Toyota 4Runner, followed by the Pathfinder. When comparing the cargo capacity, the Toyota stays behind with just 10.3 cubic feet of space, whereas the Explorer shows its practicality by offering 21 cu-ft behind the third row. Major interior features include:

  • Eight-way power driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Available leather seating surfaces
  • Dual automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt steering wheel

How intuitive is the Nissan Pathfinder 2012 infotainment unit?

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display with only the most basic functions. You can buy a 10-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth if you check the options list. A wonderful option to consider is the rear-seat entertainment system. The following are a few significant infotainment features:

  • Six-speaker stereo with CD player
  • 7-inch Color multi-information display
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • 6-CD Changer
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Satellite radio

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder's exterior style has been the same for as long as we can recall, and it's gradually becoming antiquated in comparison to the far more current competition. The car stays faithful to its design language, which prioritizes functionality, but, as previously stated, it struggles to fit into today's landscape. The SUV weighs 4,563 pounds and is 8.6 inches tall.


2012 Nissan Pathfinder

2012 Honda Pilot

2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lbs)





Length (in.)

192.3 in 

191.4 in

189.9 in

198.3 in

Width (in.)

72.8 in 

78.5 in

89.9 in

78.9 in 

Height (in.)

72.6 in 


74.2 in

70 in

Ground clearance(in.)

9.0 in 

9.2 in

9.8 in

7.8 in

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2 in

109.2 in

109.8 in

112 in 

When compared to its competitors, the Pathfinder is a large and hefty vehicle. It is larger than most of its competitors in every way except width, where the Honda Pilot is 6 inches wider. The Pathfinder is the heaviest vehicle among its competitors due to its truck chassis, which becomes apparent when driving the SUV. When comparing the ground clearance, the 4Runner offers the most at 9.8 inches. Major exterior highlights of the SUV include:

  • 16, 17, or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power mirrors
  • Running boards (Optional)
  • Automatic headlamps (Optional)
  • Heated mirrors (Optional)
  • Sunroof (Optional)

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder, while being based on a truck, is a very safe vehicle. In NHTSA crash tests, it received four out of five stars. In the frontal-offset and side collision tests, the IIHS gave it a ‘Good' rating, while in the roof-strength test, it received a ‘Marginal' rating. It has minimal safety features, but its build quality is rather solid. Some of the standout safety features are:

  • Active head restraints in the front seats
  • Side-impact and full-length side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Electronic stability and traction control
  • Rearview camera (Optional)
Final Verdict

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is a fantastic SUV with two powerful engines, a practical interior, simple-to-use technology, and a tough and functional exterior. However, it has poor fuel economy, is cramped for rear passengers, is overweight, and has begun to appear antiquated amid a sea of crossover SUVs. Thus, one needs to keep in mind these cons before going ahead with the Pathfinder for 2012. The only time you should be picking Pathfinder over its competitors is when the main reason for buying this SUV is to have some hardcore work on your schedule while also hauling your family at times. It is a very safe vehicle making it the best pick when safety is of foremost priority.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

241 cu in

horse power

266 hp @ 5600 rpm


288 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm


5-Speed Automatic w/Overdrive


192.3 in


112.2 in


72.8 in

curb weight

4563 lbs


72.2 in

Ground Clearance

9 lbs

passenger volume

100.6 cu ft

cargo volume

79.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

15/18/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

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