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2011 Nissan Pathfinder S SUV

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Review

(0 Stars)  An old-fashioned mid-size SUV.

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Overview
The Pathfinder was one of the first SUVs on the market back in the mid-'80s. Although it has been redesigned (more than once) since then, the Pathfinder retains the genuine off-road capability that once was considered requisite in this market, with a fully boxed frame and chassis components that permit off-road excursions. The standard 4.0-liter V-6 produces 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque; the optional the 5.6-liter V-8 cranks out 310 hp and 388 lb-ft. All-wheel drive is optional on all six-cylinder models and standard with the V-8; LE models even get a proper low-range mode. The maximum towing capacity is impressive. Unfortunately, the V-8-powered Pathfinder guzzles gas like a full-size SUV, and the V-6 isn't much better. The Pathfinder's heavy-duty underpinnings mean it isn't as refined as many of its competitors--the ride can be harsh and bouncy, and the driving experience is rather trucklike. Two rows of bench seats make the Pathfinder a legitimate family hauler, although you have to climb up high to get inside. If you're using all the seats, cargo space is modest, but the rear seats can fold flat into the floor, creating a large cargo hold. Nissan has attempted to dress up the Pathfinder's interior in recent years, so gizmos like touch-screen navigation, Bluetooth, a backup camera, a Bose sound system, and a rear-seat DVD player are all available to placate occupants. However, unless you really need the off-road and towing capabilities of this sturdy SUV, you may find that today's more modern crossovers will serve you better.

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2011 Pathfinder s Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.0L V6 DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 14 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 338 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 266 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 288 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'11 Nissan S SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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Trailer Hitch
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