Road Trip Worthy: Nissan Pathfinder Review


I’ve been a fan of Nissan for some time. When my older daughter was born I was driving a Nissan Pathfinder. That was in 2002, however, and the newer Pathfinder is leaps and bounds ahead of that model. Was I excited to test drive the new Nissan Pathfinder? Definitely.

I recently had the opportunity to put the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder to the test, driving it from Nashville to a beachfront condo in Orange Beach, Alabama. A road trip really allows you to get to know a vehicle, as well as your travel companions. You get to know the drivability and the comfort level of a vehicle when you spend hours in it. Does it have plenty of cupholders? Are the seats comfortable? Do you have plenty of room to stretch your legs? In this instance, yes, yes and yes.

Here are some of the highlights of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SL edition:

COMFORT – I found that the Pathfinder was an incredibly comfortable ride. I was able to adjust the driver’s seat myriad ways and being someone who has lower-back issues, I loved the lumbar support adjustment. Our Pathfinder had leather interior and although I did not log any backseat, time, my travel companions told me that the backseat was incredibly comfortable. The Pathfinder also was not a “noisy” ride and navigated incredibly smoothly. I’d say it has the drivability of a sedan, but with all the storage and power of an SUV. It never felt bulky or like a truck.

 The second-row of the Nissan Pathfinder is very spacious.

SAFETY – One of the “gee whiz” features of the Pathfinder is the blind-side warning (BSW) on the side-view mirrors on either side of the vehicle. If an approaching vehicle is entering your blind side, you’ll see a small orange light come on in the corner of the side-view mirror AND if you try to change lanes into the oncoming car you’ll hear an alarm. Since we spent a good amount of time on the interstate, I found this feature to be incredibly helpful.

Nissan Pathfinder Space

With the third row down, we had more than enough room for all of our gear!

SPACE – Three women heading to the beach can pack a lot of gear! We had ample room for all of our luggage and then some, especially for the ride home which is when most people bring along a few souvenirs. Some vehicles with a third-row of seating skimp on hatch storage space, but not the Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder also has a storage well in the back hatch and although we didn’t use it during this trip, it adds another layer of storage space for all your road trip gear that also keeps items out of sight. It’s accessible with the 3rd row up or down. Even if we’d had seven passengers on board and the third row up, the Pathfinder would have had ample room for up to 16 cubic feet of cargo.

REAR VIEW MONITOR AND AROUND VIEW MONITOR – The Pathfinder has a Rear Sonar system that beeps when it senses an object up to six feet away— making it easier to park and back-up. The Pathfinder also features an exclusive birds-eye view monitoring system thanks to four cameras which create a composite virtual image of the 2016 Pathfinder from above that is displayed on the touch-screen monitor.  Imagine how helpful this would be when parallel parking on busy city streets.

Safety Features Nissan Pathfinder

AC OUTLET– Traveling with bloggers you realize that we are a power hungry bunch! The 20-volt AC outlet in the back seat console of the Pathfinder means you have a handy place to plug in your phone or laptop.


This control panel is to the left of the driver’s side seat and shows some of the bells and whistles this beauty of an SUV includes. I didn’t need the heated steering wheel, but it’s nice to know it’s a feature. I also think having the AC plug-in power button in the control of the driver is key, especially if you have kids in the vehicle and don’t necessarily want them “powered” up!

POWER LIFTGATE – I’m definitely one of those impatient travelers who wants to unpack the car as quickly as possible upon arrival. Having the power liftgate option was a nice extra convenience that enabled us to get our gear in and out as efficiently as possible.

GAS MILEAGE – Like me, you may stereotype SUVs as being total gas hogs. The Pathfinder actually gets a decent 27 MPG on the highway and interstate.



2016 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

I love the Cayenne Red exterior paint color.

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has a base price of $29,830. The SL edition, reviewed here, starts at $36,410.

If you’re looking for an SUV, the Pathfinder is definitely one of my favorites. It’s also not always easy to find an SUV with a third row that doesn’t feel like an absolute beast to drive.



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