2012 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

4.4 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Love It!

Very dependable. Versatile and can be used for passengers, hauling home improvement goods, or just going to and from work.


  • Interior Space: Can be used for hauling a little bit of everything or nothing at all.
  • Styling: It is the last year of the SUV style. All newer models look more like mini-vans than SUVs.
  • Reliability: I have owned Pathfinders for many years and I absolutely love them!

The right vehicle at the right price

Not too big (think Tahoe), not too small (think Escape).


  • Power: Plenty of horsepower for passing, hill climbing, merging onto freeways
  • Interior Space: Plenty of headroom, it being 4wd it's easy for us to get in and out of, three row seating, we wanted body on frame for towing, I could go on.
  • Value: Best bang for the buck. A step up from the 2007 Xtera we traded in and we really liked that vehicle but the Pathfinder gives the added space we wanted. Our model is not the fully loaded model but we did not want to pay for the features. Hard to explain but this vehicle is perfect for us.


  • Cabin Noise: Door panels, console, and dash are plastic so at 70 plus mph wind and road noise become noticeable and rough roads do cause some minor rattles.
  • Fuel Economy: Vehicle weighs 5,000 lbs. powered by a 266 hp v6 and the pathfinder is shaped like a breadbox. We knew going in the gas mileage would not be a plus.
  • Braking: The pathfinder is heavy so when traveling on hilly or mountainous roads or forced to make a sudden stop for a light the stopping distance at full braking effort seems excessive. More powerful brakes might help.

Perfect match with low mileage & a good price.

Great for hauling a lot of 'stuff' or people. Ride is smooth & handles nicely. I really loved the fact that it had a factory ball & hitch which came in handy when I had to haul a 6' X 10' trailer ov...

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