Roomy, versatile and even somewhat rugged, the 2018 Pathfinder Nissan attracts buyers attention who looking for a three-row crossover SUV. Its interior classy and a V6 engine has plenty of power for towing. The Pathfinder has an excellent balance of quality and utility.
After some significant improvements last year, including new engine technology for more power, reinforced suspension and steering, and increased towing capacity, the Pathfinder enters 2018 with just a few changes.
Trim levels and features
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a seven-passenger large crossover SUV offered in four main trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum.
Standard features for the S trim include 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition and entry, roof rails, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, slides and reclines 60/40-split folding second-row seat, cloth upholstery, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, dual USB media inputs and two additional charge-only USB ports for rear passengers. Automatic emergency braking is also standard.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV trim adds rear parking sensors, foglights, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver seat.
The optional All-Weather package adds heated side mirrors, heated front seats and steering wheel. The Tech package adds a navigation system, Nissan telematics services, a trailer hitch receiver and driver safety aids such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
The SL trim adds include the SV All Weather and Tech packages plus a power liftgate, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat and a top-down 360-degree parking camera system.
The SL optional Premium package adds 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a trailer hitch receiver and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. You can also get the SL Midnight Edition package, which adds blacked-out 20-inch wheels, roof rails, side mirrors and other cosmetic elements.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum trim include all above options along with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, wood interior trim, a power-adjustable steering wheel and ventilated front seats. A rear seat entertainment system with dual 8-inch headrest displays, a DVD player, USB and HDMI ports is optional for the Platinum only.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard, but a four-wheel-drive system with hill descent control and a special four-wheel-drive locking function for extra traction is optional.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum AWD accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy will return 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) with front-wheel drive and 22 combined (19 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds, a higher than average figure for a three-row crossover SUV.
Not many changes that occurred inside the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. It still offers competitive quality materials, easy-to-use controls and an appealing overall design look. One of the interior improvements is the new touchscreen interface, which is not only larger but has better response and graphics. It’s one of the most user-friendly technology interfaces available on the market.
The front seats are rather firm, and some drivers may want more adjustments. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is also not too high off the ground, this makes a question of whether some drivers will find that they do not have the desired road view. The second-row seats offer a good amount of space and comfort, and the further forward slides feature allows easy access to the third row than most competitors can do. You can even slide it forward with a child seat still attached. In the third row, space and comfort are hard to accept. Adults and teenagers will be more pleased in the Dodge Durango or Honda Pilot.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder also continues to trail some of its competitors in terms of utility. Up front, the center console does not have as many useful storage compartments as those found in some rivals, and the maximum cargo capacity is just average. It provides 47.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 79.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down.
Release Dates and Price
Offical price for the base Pathfinder S model starts at $31,765 (include the $975 destination charge). The SV priced at $34,455 and the SL trim climbs all the way up to $38,475. The range-topping Pathfinder Platinum cost $43,295. Nissan’s Intelligent 4×4 is available across all trims for $1,690.