Families looking for a spacious, comfortable, stylish, three-row SUV with an extensive safety features list will understand why the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is so popular. Boasting high safety ratings, the Pathfinder offers family-friendly features such as a blind-spot monitor and automatic emergency braking. Think the 2018 Pathfinder may be the right vehicle for you? Read on to learn more about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, including trims, features, safety, performance and more. 

Families looking for a spacious, comfortable, stylish, three-row SUV with an extensive safety features list will understand why the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is so popular…

Boasting high safety ratings, the Pathfinder offers family-friendly features such as a blind-spot monitor and automatic emergency braking. Think the 2018 Pathfinder may be the right vehicle for you? Read on to learn more about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, including trims, features, safety, performance and more. 

With a new sedan-like platform, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is more efficient and comfortable than previous models, and its optional all-wheel drive and impressive 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine makes it a competitive contender in the SUV market. In addition to the power and safety improvements Nissan added last year, the new Pathfinder’s higher trim options include a motion-activated tailgate that opens easily with a simple foot-swipe for hands-free flexibility and ease of use. 

In addition to the basic standard S trim with front-wheel drive, there are three other trim levels available: SV, SL and Platinum. All-wheel drive can be added to any of them to enhance traction with a full-lock setting for use on slippery, rough or harsh terrain. Standard trim features include a V6 engine, push-button ignition, 18-inch aluminum wheels. 8-inch touchscreen display, tri-zone climate control, rear door alert, forward emergency braking, rear camera display and more. The SV trim includes automatic headlights, sonar rear parking assist, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Also available are 13-inch Bose speakers, blind-spot monitoring, Navigation and rear cross-traffic alert. Upgrade to an SL model for the power tailgate, Around View monitor, and heated front seats and steering wheel. The ultimate Platinum models feature a panoramic moonroof, intelligent cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment package for the kids, and 20-inch wheels. Exterior features like roof rails enhance functionality, and for recreational fun, you can add a trailer towing package to all models except the S. 

Nissan increased the horsepower of the new Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter V6 engine significantly last year, resulting in an SUV that’s powerful and quick to get up to speed. Driving around town, the 7-passenger Pathfinder delivers smooth, sedan-like handling. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV has an aluminum double-overhead-cam 3.5-liter V6 with 284 horsepower, 259 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm, and sports a continuously variable automatic transmission. Need to haul some serious cargo around? The new Nissan Pathfinder can handle loads of up to 6,000 pounds. The All-Mode 4x4-i intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system option enhances traction and enables it to climb steep slopes with ease. The Pathfinder boasts some more-than-modest gas mileage stats: The front-wheel-drive EPA city/highway fuel economy for the Pathfinder is 20/27 mpg; the all-wheel-drive city/highway fuel economy is 19/26 mpg.

While last year saw the Pathfinder improve on power and safety, Nissan has continued those improvements in 2018. Standard features include Rear Door alert, which helps remind drivers of important backseat cargo, such as kids and pets, by sensing if the rear door has been opened prior to driving. If the door isn't opened again, it reminds the driver to check the back seat after driving. Automatic emergency braking is another important safety feature that monitors the vehicle ’s proximity to the vehicle ahead, giving audible and visual display warnings to the driver if a potential impact is likely. If the driver doesn’t respond, the system applies the brakes to avoid a collision or minimize speed and impact in the event of a collision.