If there is confusion about the mission of Nissan Pathfinder in 2018, it should be clear this year. The large, seven-seater adds the rear seat referee to remind the parents (child or parent feather) to check the rear seat before leaving the car and automatic emergency braking standards on all models. Both are standard features of common sense that are expected to increase security and reduce the number of unattended pets and children left in the car during extreme weather.
We rate 2018 Nissan Pathfinder at 6.7 overall with points for interior space and security. Pathfinder is not big on style, but also not bad. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
All Pathfinders look the same under the hood. A competent, but sometimes noisy, V-6 mated to continuous variable automatic transmission and front wheel drive or front wheel. Pathfinder has evolved into a smoother and more competent crossover since its origins as a road-off truck over the past decade.
Fortress Pathfinder is the interior space. The front seat occupants will have the best seating at home, but Nissan’s approach to the second row is relatively unique. The rear seat passengers sit lower and closer to the front row, which benefits the Pathfinder’s third line which is standard in all models. While we stop recommending the third line for adults for long stretches, it is relatively convenient for children and teenagers.
The Base Pathfinder S model is relatively simple, but the Platinum model can compete with luxury competitors.
IIHS has called Pathfinder a Top Safety Pick thanks to a “Good” rating on all crash grades, including small overlapping frontal impact collisions.
Nissan Pathfinder 2018 is powered by a 3.5 liter V-6 with 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque paired exclusively to the CVT. EPA fuel economy rankings stand at 20/27 mpg city / highway for front-drive models and 19/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. The cargo space is 16 cubic feet with all the seats in place, 42.4 to 47.8 cubic feet behind the second row depending on the sliding position of the second row, and 79.8 cubic feet behind the front seat.
Standard features include 8.0 inch touch screen, multi-information display, rearview camera, tri-zone climate control, no entry / start locks, 18 inch alloy wheels, and Bluetooth connectivity. Higher trim get up to 20-inch alloy wheels, parking sensor, remote start, ventilated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, Nissan Around View Monitor, heated steering wheel, power lift elevator, premium Bose audio system, LED lights and panoramic sunroof .
IIHS and NHTSA have not tested the 2018 Pathfinder but the 2017 model received the overall five-star score from NHTSA (out of five possible stars). In IIHS testing, the 2017 model received the Top Safety Pick award after getting a good score for all crash tests (Good is the highest score). It misses the highest rating, Top Safety Pick +, due to the Marginal headlight rating (not Acceptable or Good). At the crash prevention test ahead, Pathfinder 2017 was ranked Superior after avoiding a 12 mph impact and reducing the impact of a 25 mph 14 mph accident. Automatic emergency braking and forward collision warnings are now standard in all 2018 Pathfinders while other active safety technologies such as blind warning, rear cross-border warnings, Object Detection Moves, and adaptive cruise control are available only at higher trim levels.