I bought the Pathfinder as a replacement for a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer that had become unreliable. The Pathfinder offers a 3rd row of seats and ventilation controls in the ceiling for passenger comfort. Access to the 3rd row is very easy. All you have to do is pull a lever on one of the second row seats and they tumble forward and out of the way. The 3rd row seats are rather small and should only be used for children, but it is a nice feature when visiting family. It allows my sister's family and us to travel in one vehicle rather than two. The cargo area is covered in a plastic material that holds up well to abuse. Just be careful when sliding materials inside that can scratch the plastic. The driving experience is much better than it was in the trailblazer. The steering is much more communicative and precise. The suspension is much tighter and respondes well to road imperfections. The 4.0L V6 has plenty of power for hauling around a car full of passengers or a weekends worth projects in a trailer. The four wheel driver system has worked perfectly with no problems. The vehicle is just right for people looking for something that is a little more robust and can handle so medium duty towing than your typical crossover.
This is a great SUV. It has the power and speed of a sports car,but the comfort of a sedan. I've owned my Pathfinder for 4 yrs. Bought it used with 30K miles. It now has 80K miles. The in-dash 6 disc cd player went out about a year ago also had to replace a sensor that cost me $100. Aside from that it's all good! A/C is still cold, engine runs smooth just watch out if you drive it hard and fast because it likes to drink a lot of gas. I drive like an old man and can get 19 mpg. The back seat is a little tight. Awarded Best Bet Used Car award by Edmunds.com. Great SUV overall!
I do like the inside of the car with the leather seats, the Sirius radio but the control panel is impossible to work unless you read every thing in the manual and even then it's impossible to figure out how to change the Sirius radio back to FM. The other thing I am a total Pathfinder person-my previous Pathfinder was a 2008 and I loved the body style and that's what I wanted but could not get it with the newer car which is irritating., Every car I see on the road is exactly like my Pathfinder now and there's no distinction, looks more like a luxury vehicle than a real SUV even though I like things about the the car if I could exchange it for the older model for body style, I would. Why make a good car so unoriginal as far as style goes?