2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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Nissan Pathfinder highlights

Customer rating


  • Well-equipped base trim
  • Available four-wheel drive
  • Easy access to the third row


  • Firm ride on top trim
  • Limited cargo space
  • Lack of practical storage in the front row

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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What is new for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder?

  • Pathfinder trims have been upgraded with Skylight(s) as standard equipment this year.
  • The SL trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control and Navigation System as standard equipment.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder trims

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  • Includes all features available on the SV
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • View our Nissan Pathfinder SL inventory


Nissan Pathfinder photos

5 reasons to buy the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

1. A solid base trim offering

Sure, the 2018 Pathfinder has four well-equipped trims to choose from, but there's every chance the base trim S will already tick your wish-list boxes. Standard passenger comfort takes center stage—tri-zone automatic temperature control, six USB ports, and Bluetooth® wireless technology ensure your crew is cool and connected. Driver assistance gets a boost too, particularly if you're running errands downtown as a rearview camera and automatic emergency braking are both standard features.

2. Back roads are a breeze

Take your Pathfinder out of town and it shows a whole new side to its character. This SUV can handle back roads, forest trails, and open shrubland. All 2018 Pathfinder trims offer an Intelligent 4x4 system that allows the car to respond to the road (or lack thereof) ahead. Drive in 2WD for maximum efficiency, switch up to Auto for traction capability when you need it, and then use the Locking AWD for tougher challenges like sand or mud.

3. Easy access for all ages 

Driving a seven-seat SUV means space for family and friends. The 2018 Pathfinder takes care of easy-in, easy-out seating arrangements, thanks to its EZ FLEX seating system with LATCH AND GLIDE technology. Opening on the right side, the 2018 Pathfinder has one simple latch that moves the second-row seat forwards at a tilt for maximum access space. Once seated, everyone has room to stretch out with 41.7 and 30.7 inches of legroom in the second and third row respectively.

4. Great package add-ons

Looking to treat yourself to some extra comforts? Or perhaps you've got your family in mind and want some extra entertainment options. Four themed packages are available for the 2018 Pathfinder, including an all-weather package for those cold mornings—this adds a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. The Platinum trim unlocks access to the Mobile Entertainment System Package. It has two eight-inch seatback screens that can play movies and TV favorites via DVD playback, HDMI, or a USB port.

5. An impressive capacity

If your friends are active travelers, the seven-seat 2018 Pathfinder is all set for adventurous trips. Even with a full set of passengers, you'll get 16.0 cu-ft of cargo space behind the third row. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder, with its 3.5L V6 engine, can also tow up to an estimated 6,000 pounds, which is enough for surfboards, tents, and more.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a great car for the whole family. It has a lot of power and can really get up and go. It has a lot of space and is very smooth. It has a lot of features and is very comfortable.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Nissan Pathfinder an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Nissan Pathfinder 18th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Nissan Pathfinder features and specs

SL 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Running Boards
  • Skylight(s)
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/M 41.7"/R 30.7"

Head room

F 42.2"/M 39.4"/R 37.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

600/6000 lbs.



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