2005 Nissan Pathfinder Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2005 Nissan Pathfinder - Road Test Specs

2005 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

(4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2005
Base MSRP$28,410
As-tested MSRP$33,240


Drive type4WD
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)270 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)291 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent double wishbone w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbone w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack-and-pinion
Tire brandBF Goodrich
Tire modelLong Trail T/A
Tire size, front265/70R16
Tire size, rear265/70R16
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.77
0-60 mph (sec.)7.38
0-75 mph (sec.)11.34
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.86 @ 89.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34.06
60-0 mph (ft.)137.05
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)54.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)39.2
Sound level @ idle (dB)Below 50
@ Full throttle (dB)75
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe five-speed automatic transmission upshifted at 6,000 rpm. The V6 feels strong at the top end of its rpm band — above 4,000 rpm. Manually shifting the tranny didn't result in better times, nor did power braking it. Upshifts were crisp and consistent.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsPedal feel was confident with minimal ABS noise or vibration, but there was too much tire squeal — suggesting that the ABS was allowing too much traction loss. This was backed up by long stopping distances. Many modern SUVs don't feel like SUVs when stopping, but this one does. At least fade was minimal.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsGenerally a violent vehicle in the slalom. The body tosses substantially and violently, causing me to whack my skull on the B-pillar on one occasion. The stability control system cuts in violently as well when activated. The quick steering ratio (perhaps too quick) offers potential, but the rest of the vehicl is too tippy and squirrelly at the limit to make any real time in the slalom.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not Tested
Temperature (°F)Not Tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 City 21Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.0
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,693
Length (in.)187.6
Width (in.)72.1
Height (in.)72.8
Wheelbase (in.)112.2
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)34.2
Headroom, front (in.)40
Headroom, rear (in.)39
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.5 cu. ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)79 cu. ft.


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionOptional
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverFour Stars
NHTSA crash test, passengerFour Stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontFive Stars
NHTSA crash test, side rearFive Stars
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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