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2012 Nissan Pathfinder Overview (See Available Styles)

With big-time off-road capability and room to fit the team, troop, or family, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder will have no problem blazing trails no matter where life takes you.

Not much has changed in 2012 for the Pathfinder with only a couple of the trims adding upscale features such as a DVD entertainment system, a power moonroof, and a navigation system as standard equipment. Speaking of trim levels, the Pathfinder is available in S, SV, Silver, and LE models and competes with the Dodge Nitro and Toyota 4Runner in the rugged SUV segment.

If you need an SUV that can tow and haul quite a bit of cargo, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder and its two very capable engines are up to the task. A 266-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 generates 288 pounds-feet of torque, while a 310-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 cranks-out 388 pounds-feet of torque for both excellent towing and acceleration. Each engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and comes with rear- or four-wheel drive. Towing capacity reaches 7,000 pounds with the larger V-8 and a tow-hitch receiver comes standard in all models.

The 2012 Pathfinder boasts tremendous interior versatility with seating for seven in three rows. It boasts up to 64 different seating configurations and a generous 49.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row (when the fold-flat third-row is stowed). Total cargo volume reaches 79 cubic feet with both rows folded down. You can even use the fold-down passenger’s seat to carry an eight-foot long item and still seat four passengers all at the same time.

Not only is the 2012 Pathfinder roomy and powerful, but it boasts a plethora of tech features that are sure to please. Heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, a Bose audio system, DVD entertainment system with seven-inch screen and heated steering wheel are all optional. On the outside, the Pathfinder rests on 16-, 17-, or 18-inch alloy wheels with optional automatic headlights, heated mirrors, power moonroof, and running boards, while the rear window can flip up without having to raise the liftgate.

As for safety, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder features standard side-impact and side curtain airbags, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, an electronic stability system, and traction control, while a backup camera is optional.

By blending the extreme power and utility of a rugged SUV with the technology and design of the future, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is blazing new frontiers.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 13 - 15 MPG
  • Highway: 18 - 22 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Marginal

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

16 of 19 (84%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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