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Nissan Pathfinder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

  • With plenty of power, off-road capability and luxury, this is one of the best midsize SUVs available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6 engine, car-like interior, solid reliability record, rear entertainment system option, available Infiniti All-Mode 4WD on LE models.

  • Cons

    Tight rear accommodations, high price tag, hard-to-fold rear seats.

  • What's New for 2002

    The 2002 Nissan Pathfinder receives only minor refinements. These include a new front grille, steering wheel and a revised audio system with new faceplate and faster functioning in-dash six-disc CD changer. The SE trim, now the base Pathfinder since the XE has been dropped, features a new titanium-accented step rail and roof rack with integrated air dam, body-color bumpers and fender flares, new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and new seat cloth. Not to be outdone, the luxurious LE has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 18
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



I love it

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I bought my Nissan a few month ago and I would have to say there is nothing about that disappoints me. I live in Great Falls Montana. It has been below zero temperatures. There is not a block heater on my Nissan and yet it has started every time.




Has been as advertised

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I purchased my '02 Pathfinder LE w/36k miles a year ago. Traded a BMW 3 series because we needed something a little bigger. Did not want another "new" car note so pursued '02 and '03 Pathfinder, QX4, or 4-Runner. Narrowed to these 3 after reading multiple reviews on this site. I now have 53K on it and knock on wood have had no issues. Pathfinder has great pickup for an SUV and is easy to drive in town and comfortable on the highway. At 1/2 the cost of a new one I have been very pleased with this vehicle and would recommend it.




3 years and 60,000 miles

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

This has been a very good vehicle for us. Runs rings around the 99 Grand Cherokee we had before this Pathfinder. However in my 40 years of driving I have never had an exhaust manifold break. Not one but both broke on this SUV at 50,000 miles and the dealer wants $1200.00 to replace them. I feel this is not a normal situation and should have been replaced under the drivetrain warrenty. Besides this issue this has been a very reliable SUV, we travel with it alot and I have confidence where ever I go with it.




Pathfinder's great except for fuel

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

The Pathfinder is sporty yet classy. It has quick acceleration, is easy to manuever, has great visability, comfort, style, reliability, is not too big, yet can carry a lot of cargo, and is fun to drive. Two cons only: I only get 17 miles per gallon in the city, and the CD player, which has been replaced once by Nissan, is very finicky. Other than that....it is an AWESOME vehicle.




It's an "ok" suv

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Purchased this vehicle used. The cd player stopped working after 6 mos. The dealer wants to charge $500 for a new player. The drive is smooth, only on a smooth road; otherwise, when we hit a bump it feels like i'm about to be thrown out of the vehicle. Passenger leg-room is limited. Very convient to have the radio controls on the steering wheel, b'cuz the radio is hard to reach while driving. Good cargo space when the seats are folded down. The SUV is very durable, and stylish.




Pathfinders for life

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Vehicle: 2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

My first SUV experience has been a excellent one thanks to my Pathfinder. Good feel and feedback on the road as long as tires are properly balanced. Great cabin appointments including leather. Front seat could be a tad larger for my liking. No problems with rear seat fold down as suggested by Edmunds; and rear seat has ample room. Love the Bose stereo too. Rear springs could be a little stiffer for carrying loads.



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Full 2002 Nissan Pathfinder Review

What's New for 2002

The 2002 Nissan Pathfinder receives only minor refinements. These include a new front grille, steering wheel and a revised audio system with new faceplate and faster functioning in-dash six-disc CD changer. The SE trim, now the base Pathfinder since the XE has been dropped, features a new titanium-accented step rail and roof rack with integrated air dam, body-color bumpers and fender flares, new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and new seat cloth. Not to be outdone, the luxurious LE has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment this year.

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Talk About The 2002 Pathfinder

2002 Nissan Pathfinder Discussions See all Started By

kjs2014
kjs2014
03-01-2014
My fiance bought a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE back in September of 2013. It had a little over 170,000 miles on it. We had the oil changed and she ran and started great. Due to loss of jobs for both of ...


romad293
romad293
03-15-2007
My fan would not turn off...it constanty blows in high mode. I know it is the resistor for the blower motor but I cannot find it! It is kind of embarassing considering that about 5 years ago I worked?...


kzrider
kzrider
01-04-2009
My 2002 well maintained Pathfinder w/77,000 miles on it is burning oil like crazy. It has always used oil but recently has started to use a lot more. I have put 4 qts. in since the last oil change abo...



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