2019 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP $31,530 - $44,560

Ranked #15 in Midsize Suv

7.3

Overall Rating

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The original Pathfinder was a rugged and tough truck-based hardcore off-road sports utility vehicle. The current iteration, however, is only a three-row, seven-seater crossover with some not-so-serious off-road credentials. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder comes with FWD as standard, but can also be bought with AWD configuration. The 2019 Pathfinder has a family-friendly reputation too. 

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Pros

Gear shifting is an ease

Comfortable ride

Advanced safety features are present across all trims

Value for money

Cons

Dynamics

Performance curve

What's New?

Trim based safety upgrades

Interior charging extension

Exterior coloring options


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31530

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

198.5 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4293 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

137.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1692 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.7 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.5

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

354.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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$31,530 onwards

SV$34,370 onwards

SL$38,020 onwards

Platinum$42,870 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Nissan Pathfinder in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.4

Competition

7.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


Though the 2019 Pathfinder is good value for money, has decent ride quality, and is comfortable, it is plagued by below-average handling and outdated electronics. With the seven-seater crossover segment getting crowded with more futuristic competitors, the Nissan Pathfinder is facing a tough time. It rivals the likes of the Ford ExplorerHonda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse.


7.9/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

6.5/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.4/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2019 Nissan Pathfinder Features

The Nissan Pathfinderis available in four trims – S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All trims come with a big 3.5 L V6 naturally aspirated engine. All trims are available in both 2WD and 4WD powertrains. There is a special Rock Creek Edition which is available only in the SV and SL trims. The Rock Creek edition gets an all-blacked out effect with a blackened front grille, side mirrors, and door handles along with 18” Dark finished alloy wheels. As far as higher trim is concerned, the Platinum gets a Panoramic Moonroof which can be soothing when alone in the landscape.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP(2WD)

$31,530

$34,370

$38,020

$42,870

MSRP(4WD)

$33,220

$36,060

$39,710

$44,560

Features

Tri-Zone Auto Temperature Control

Adds/Upgrades to S trim:

Adds/Upgrades to SV trim:

Adds/Upgrades to SL trim:

 

Sirius XM Radio

Fog Lights

LED Low Beam Projector Headlamps

Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof

 

Auto Emergency Braking

Remote Engine Start

Motion Activated Liftgate

Tow Hitch Receiver

 

2nd Row 60/40 Split and 3rd Row 50/50 Split flat-folding seats

Intelligent Cruise Control

1st and 2nd Row Leather-appointed Seats

Climate-Controlled Front Seats

 

Blind Spot Warning

Around View Monitor

20-inch Alloy Wheels

 

 

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Heated Front Seats

13 Speaker Bose Audio System with Acoustic Waveguide Tech

 

The safety features and tech-ends are quite interesting and trustworthy as it gets Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Warning advanced nudges right from the base trim. Not just that, the cabin safety is comforted with power-heated seats and Tri-Zone Auto Temperature Control. Apart from these, one can even experience the enriching 13-speaker Bose Audio System in the respective trims. Therefore, it is a package of some really inspiring charms that are worth giving a try.

Which Trim should you buy?

We will recommend buying the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SL trim as it tends to offer the same performance as other trims in the lineup. Further adding to that, it has been armed with a little better interior comfort touches which may lack in the lower trims, and the Platinum might be too much to pay for them. Thus, it is reasonable to be cost-effective where you are bound to pay around $30,000 or more.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The 2019 Pathfinder comes with a 3.5L liter naturally aspirated V6 engine under the sculpted hood which produces 284 horses and 259 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT which is pretty smooth in its gear upshifts and downshifts. This whole setup can be expected to be in compliance with either the FWD or 4x4. 

If it has to be put straightforwardly, the engine performance is not exciting, to say the least. The Pathfinder can reach 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds, which is not the very best figure but not bad either. The same story can be replicated in the quarter-mile as well as it tends to take 15.7 seconds to achieve the feat. 

Models

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

MSRP

$31,530

$33,460

$32,570

$29,800

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

9-speed automatic

Power 

284hp@ 6400 rpm

290hp @ 6500 rpm

280hp @ 6000 rpm

310hp @ 6800 rpm

Torque

259lb-ft@ 4800 rpm

255lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

262lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

266lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.4

8.2

6.2

6.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.7

16.3

14.8

15.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

133

132

132

The competitors are neck to neck in power and torque figures, but the Chevy surprisingly makes around 20 horses more than the others from an almost comparable 3.6L engine. The Honda Pilot is the quickest off the line and reaches 60 mph from a standstill in only 6.2 seconds, which is respectable for a 7-seater SUV. It covers the quarter-mile in a meager 14.8 seconds which is yet again the segment leader. Hence, if it is solely about the powertrain, the Honda Pilot is the clear favorite. 

How well does the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder handle?

The Pathfinder has a softly tuned suspension setup, which helps it to glide through all the bumps and undulations without breaking a sweat. However, this suspension setup means that the Pathfinder has tremendous amounts of body roll, and cornering at speed can feel a bit unnerving too. Well, this is something that comes inherent in this type of body style.

The steering rack is very light too, which is a blessing in the city but becomes a tad scary on the highways. The AWD models come with a Full Lock Setting which offers incredible off-road performance. Thus, it is multi-facet machinery that serves different purposes at different time intervals. 

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Braking Performance

The Pathfinder gets good braking power with 12.6-inch front ventilated discs and 12.1 inch rear ventilated discs. There is a tremendous amount of nose dive on panic braking, which is simply because of the absolute huge mass of this SUV. When the brakes are slammed at 60mph, it stops in just 124 feet, which seems to be within the standard limit as set by others as well. Moreover, it gets 4-Wheel ABS and Forward Emergency Braking which together take care of uncertainties at their ends. 

Models

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.8

12.6

12.64

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.1

12.8

13.0

12.40

Curb Weight (lbs)

4293

4443

4217

4362

60-0MPH (feet)

124

127

120

120

The Pathfinder stops at a decent distance, despite getting the smallest brake discs amongst the competition. On the other hand, Ford covers the most distance at 127 feet as it is the heaviest amongst the competition. Honda Pilot seems to enjoy its reduced weight reduction in this specific criterion as it stops within the least travel of just 120 ft. The Traverse does have the same narration here in this department.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder offers best-in-class fuel economy figures. It delivers 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway which turns out to be around 23 mpg combined. The fuel economy figures are quite decent for a 7-seater SUV keeping their payload and utilitarianism in consideration. In addition to that, the Pathfinder gets a 19.5-gallon fuel tank, which means it gets a range of 390 miles in the city and 527 miles on the highway, and both are the leaders of the pack.

Models

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

MPG (City)

20

17

18

18

MPG (Highway)

27

24

26

27

MPG (Combined)

23

20

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5

18.6

19.5

19.4

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

390/527/448

316.2/446.4/372

351/507/409

349.2/523.8/407

The Pathfinder and the Traverse get similar fuel economy figures on the highway, while the Ford and the Honda offer much lower ones. The Ford has the smallest fuel tank, and combining that with the lower efficiency figures means that it is quite low on range compared to the competition. Thus, the practicality and budget consciousness may give Pathfinder a path to have better shares of praise.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

6.5/10

The interior of the 2019 Pathfinder is comfortable but could have been given a few more touch-ups to suit the ongoing transition in the market. Nice cushioning with proper seat height is among the normals that have been bestowed as a standard. The body style itself makes the ingress and egress easy without much hustle irrespective of the row. The capacity to seat in 7 in a go is another level-up for this SUV, which is the most welcomed as per the family perspective. The comfort is even enhanced with power-heating availability for the occupants.

Models

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Seating Capacity

7

7

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

42.2/60.9/42.2

41.4/61.5/42.9

40.1/62/40.9

41.3/62.1/41.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

39.4/60.4/41.7

40.6/61/39.5

40.2/62/38.4

40.0/62.2/38.4

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

37.8/57.1/30.7

37.8/50.8/32.0

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.2/57.5/33.5

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

21.0

16.5

23.0

The competitors, especially the Ford, offer a much more premium, luxurious, and futuristic interior than the Nissan. The Chevy is spacious in the lot and also has the biggest trunk. The Pathfinderis unable to find its destiny in the space realm as others simply outclass the Nissan. When comparing the cargo capacity, Pathfinder offers the least at 16.2 cubic feet. Standout interior features include:

  • Leather seats
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control
  • Climate-Controlled Front row seats and Heated Second Row seats
  • 10 Way Power Adjust driver seat with memory and 2-way power lumbar adjust
  • 4 Way Power adjust passenger seats
  • Panoramic sunroof

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2019 Pathfinder gets an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. It is standard right from the base model. If one has to gauge its capabilities, it will just take him/her a fraction of a second to understand that it lacks the basic amenities like the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto operational asset. The unit has an inbuilt navigation system but can’t be rated as something out of the box or exemplary. 

One of the highlights is the availability of the 13-speaker BOSE Audio System which can be availed of along with respective trims apart from the standard 6-speaker stereo. This truly magnifies the listening parabola for you. Despite having all these, the inbuilt system needs a revamp to catch up with others if it wishes to remain in the battle. Standout infotainment features include:

  • NissanConnect interface
  • six-speaker stereo
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 8.0-inch infotainment system
  • 13 speaker Bose surround system

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

8.0/10

The Nissan Pathfinder looks great, but it is not up to the mark. Somewhere in its sail of design, it lost the track. The Urban appeal is dominant in it but does not suffice the richness one would expect as per the presence perspective. The front has been tried to appear as sleek as it could be with a chrome accent grille with point-carved headlamps, but it simply misses out the expectations. The bulkiness takes away the sportiness which it has tried to restore in its silhouette with the lip spoiler in the rear. 

Models

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2019 Ford Explorer

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Curb weight (lbs.)

4293

4443

4217

4362

Length(in)

198.5

198.3

196.5

204.3

Width(in)

77.3

78.9

78.6

78.6

Height(in)

69.5

70.0

70.6

70.7

Ground clearance (in)

7.0

7.8

7.3

8.0

Wheelbase (in)

114.2

112.8

111.0

120.9

The Chevy is the big bully over here, being the longest, highest, and the widest one by a mile. It also has the maximum wheelbase, which provides improved legroom for the second and third rows, but this takes a toll on its road dynamics. Ford is the heaviest of the lot, while the Nissan has the lowest ground clearance, which is a bit of an issue. Both of these aforementioned make off-roading a challenge on many fronts along with the struggling cornering stability. Standout exterior features include:

  • 20' Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs (in SL and Platinum trims)
  • Body-Colored Rear Spoiler and Roof Rails
  • Dual Power Heated ORVM with LED Turn Signals
  • Panoramic sunroof

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

8.4/10

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder gets a 4-star rating from NHTSA in its structural integrity, which is acceptable in its segment. IIHS has given a Good rating to the Pathfinder in all the test segments. Thus, two such ratings cement the reliability and restore the trust of one in its ability to keep you safe and sound all around. The long front even takes on the crash energy with a maximum deflection at its disposal to avoid travel to the occupant cabin. 

The vehicle comes standard with safety tech like Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert which is in a way a very desirable asset. Not just that, it also gets Adaptive Cruise Control along with Automatic Emergency Braking. Thus this segment alone fills the void of many others and makes it investment-worthy. Standout safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Adaptive cruise control

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

7.0/10

2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2019 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is much better looking than the Nissan Pathfinder on the exterior. It is also more futuristic and advanced on the inside. The quality of materials used on the Ford is far better, and hence, the Ford feels a lot more premium than the Nissan. It is also much more off-road capable than the Nissan. It is also more robust and feels more durable in the long run. So, the Explorer is definitely a better choice than the Pathfinder.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2019 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot suffers from the same problems as the Nissan Pathfinder. It is a bit outdated on the inside, and the infotainment system is even worse than the Nissan. The Pilot is equally uninteresting to look at, but it has exciting performance, being much quicker in acceleration than the Nissan counterpart. So we would pick the Honda's pleasure over the Nissan's ruggedness.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2019 Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse is longer, wider, and higher than the Nissan Pathfinder, and offers loads of space on the inside. It is the only car where the third row is actually comfortable for adults even on long journeys. It is loaded with tech on the inside, with a much more futuristic infotainment system that comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Traverse also has lots of road presence due to its unconventional looks. So the 2019 Traverse would be our pick here.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a value-for-money option, but it fails to live up to the expectations of the consumers in today's age. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse would be our choice here because it is generously spacious on the inside, is the largest in terms of dimensions, has great off-road abilities, and comes with a much larger fuel tank, and hence has a better range than the Pathfinder.

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