Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder

2012 Nissan Pathfinder
List price range
$12,905 - $21,998

Pros

  • Powerful V6 and V8 engines
  • strong towing ability.

Cons

  • Poor fuel economy
  • cramped second- and third-row seats
  • less cargo space than large crossovers
  • drives like a truck.

Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder for Sale

Nissan Pathfinder 2012 Silver Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
76,985 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
Silver Edition
List$15,491
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
38,338 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
CarMax
18 mi away
List$19,598
Est.Loan: $357/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Loaner
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
99,056 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
List$13,900
Est.Loan: $260/mo
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Dealer Notes
Air Conditioning; Power Windows; Power Locks; Power Steering; Tilt Wheel; AM/FM CD/MP3; Satellite; Immobilizer; Keyless Entry; Alarm; Dual Front Airbags; Passenger Sensor; Active Belts; All Wheel ABS
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
68,398 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
CarMax
41.2 mi away
List$17,998
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Loaner,Fleet
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
108,178 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
List$14,595
Est.Loan: $273/mo
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Dealer Notes
2012 Nissan Pathfinder SV Espresso Black Metallic 4WD, 17 x 7.5 Alloy Wheels, 3rd row seats: split-bench, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 6 Speakers, Adjustable pedals, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Bodyside moldings, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Compass, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone A/C, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Garage door transmitter: HomeLink, Illuminated entry, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: AM/FM/CD w/MP3 CD Capability, Rear air conditioning, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear reading lights, Rear seat center armrest, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Roof rack: rails only, Security system, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Traction control, Trip computer, Unique Fabric Seat Trim, Variably intermittent wipers, Voltmeter.Clean CARFAX. Recent Arrival!Our discount center has a HUGE service center with all the latest equipment to service any make or model. We recondition our cars way beyond Maryland state inspection standards. We crush ALL COMPETITION when it comes to price!!!!! All of our vehicles are pre-certified using a one-hundred and sixty-one point Maryland State inspection process at our dealership. All vehicles come with a limited warranty. Call us at (410)521-3000 for the most current vehicle information and availability verification. While the internet sales price assumes a qualifying credit score we are proud to handle all types of credit backgrounds.
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 LE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
61,055 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
LE
(1)
CarMax
60.3 mi away
List$21,998
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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Dealer Notes
CarMax makes car buying easy and hassle-free. Our upfront prices are the same online and on our lot. All our used cars come with a 5-Day Money-Back Guarantee, a 30-Day Limited Warranty (60-Day in CT, MN, and RI; 90-Day in GA, MA, NJ, and NY) and a free vehicle history and safety recall report. Price assumes final used vehicle purchase will be made in MD, and excludes tax, title and tags but includes $99 dealer processing charge (not required by law). Some fees are location specific and may change if you transfer this vehicle to a different CarMax store. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Check nhtsa.gov/recalls to learn if this vehicle has an unrepaired safety recall. Inventory shown here is updated every 24 hours.Prior Use:Fleet
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
44,697 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
(1)
AutoOne
94.4 mi away
List$17,000
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Nissan Pathfinder 2012 Silver Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
122,581 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
Silver Edition
List$12,905
Est.Loan: $241/mo
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Dealer Notes
Rearview Back Up Camera, Bose Audio System, Heated Leather Seating, Running Boards, 17 Alloy Wheels Package, 3rd Row, Power Liftgate Release. 1 Owner Clean Car Fax Guaranteed! 6 Month 7500 Mile Power-Train Warranty included! Pa. State inspected and Serviced. FINANCING IS AVAILABLE!
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
153,151 miles
Used 2012
Nissan Pathfinder
SV
540 Auto
47.6 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder's size and weight make it better suited to serious utility than daily passenger transport. This is a real sport-utility, so those seeking a passenger vehicle will be better served by any number of large crossover SUVs.

vehicle overview

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder has long been known for being a rugged SUV with decent off-road capabilities. This third-generation version that dates back to 2005 is no different. It can still hold its own after the pavement ends, thanks to a robust platform based on the full-size Nissan Titan pickup truck. With a choice of V6 or V8 power and rear- or four-wheel drive, the Pathfinder can also tow up to 7,000 pounds, a number that bests most car-based crossovers.

While the Pathfinder's truck-based brawn can come in handy when you're traveling the rutted road to your favorite fishing hole or pulling the family camping trailer, it comes at a price. Specifically, you'll be giving up many of the qualities that are important in everyday driving, including a smooth ride, confident handling, decent fuel economy and an interior with plenty of room for both people and cargo.

As such, we'd recommend most buyers check out some of the better car-based crossovers on the market, including the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer And if you're one of the few who need serious off-road and/or trailer-towing capability, we suggest you also have a look at the V6-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner, both of which offer better fuel economy.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize seven-passenger SUV offered in five trim levels: S, SV, Silver, LE V6 and LE V8.

Standard equipment on the entry-level S model includes 16-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, roof rack rails, air-conditioning, an eight-way manually adjustable driver seat, cruise control, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player.

The SV adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, running boards, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air-conditioning, upgraded cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, power-adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch color multi-information display, a rearview camera, a six-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack.

Step up to the Silver trim level and you get heated mirrors, body-color/chrome side moldings, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, heated front seats and Bluetooth.

The LE V6 model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rack crossbars, driver seat memory functions, a heated steering wheel, wood-grain trim and a navigation system with digital music storage. The top-of-the-line LE V8 loses the standard sunroof but gains the 5.6-liter V8 engine and four-wheel drive.

The options list is short and includes a sunroof and the rear-seat video entertainment system.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is offered with a choice of two engines. The 4.0-liter V6 makes 266 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, while the LE V8 model gets a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 310 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a part-time four-wheel-drive system featuring a shift-on-the-fly transfer case is an option on S, SV and Silver models. LE models can be had with an available full-time four-wheel-drive setup.

In Edmunds performance testing, a V6-powered four-wheel-drive Pathfinder went from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive and 14/20/16 with 4WD. Properly equipped, this powertrain can tow 6,000 pounds.

The LE V8 model made a quick 7.0-second sprint from zero to 60 mph in our testing. But that slight performance gain comes with dismal fuel economy numbers of 13/18/14 mpg. Properly equipped, the V8 model can tow 7,000 pounds.

safety

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat active head restraints, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the Pathfinder LE V8 came to a stop from 60 mph in 134 feet, which is about the norm for truck-based SUVs.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pathfinder its highest possible rating of "Good" in both frontal-offset and side crash tests but a second-lowest score of "Marginal" for the roof-strength test.

driving

No matter which engine you choose, you'll find that the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder performs admirably, with both the V6 and V8 producing strong acceleration. The five-speed automatic transmission helps make the most of this power with smooth, well-timed gearshifts.

In fact, the driving experience feels almost sporty thanks to precise, responsive steering. The Pathfinder can't escape its truck-based roots, though, and there's the usual body roll during cornering, while a suspension calibrated for hauling and towing delivers a stiff-legged ride on bad pavement.

interior

Inside the cabin, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder's front seats are comfortable enough, but second-row passengers will find foot and shoulder room in short supply. The standard third-row seat is really only suitable for kids, and they'll have a hard time getting back there because of the elevated placement of the Pathfinder's rear door handles and its high step-in height. The Pathfinder's interior design is also showing its age, with a ho-hum look and a lot of small buttons on the center stack.

When it comes time to transport cargo, the interior's 40/20/40-split second-row and 50/50-split third-row seats fold down to create a flat load floor and 79 cubic feet of cargo room. This is less than most large crossovers.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder.

Great Truck...
jbw5, 9/28/2012
Awesome truck. Bought a brand-spankin' new one Wednesday night and am happy. Took the family to the beach and was impressed with the ride and gas mileage on the freeway. My only real complaint about this thing is headlights. Very hard to see, even when using the high beams. The SatNav system is awesome as well as the information display. No USB port, but aux input is there. The overall fit and finish is really nice.. and the Nissan dealer I dealt with (Jenkins Nissan) was very accommodating and professional. People complain that this thing "rides like a truck," but that's WHAT IT IS. It's meant to be tossed around and used as such. If you want an SUV that comes with a purse, go buy a CR-V.
...continued
mrcarp, 1/8/2013
Great in the snow.
2 Weeks Old
mrcarp, 9/5/2012
Me again. Just used the new PF to tow crushed stone. Was able to pull 2,800 lbs. effortlessly. The truck did not sink hardly at all when the bucket loader was filling the trailer...our old '03 used to drop it's tail end so much that it looked like the rear wheels would rub. I will need to get a larger drop hitch though, as the trailer is at quite an angle coming off the 2" drop from the old rig. Stay tuned...
MPG
mrcarp, 9/11/2012
...continued...Towed about 1,500 lbs. of rocks for 4 hours through the Adirondacks on Sunday and achieved an admirable 19.4 mpgs. The auto-shift is great and worked smooth going up the some of the steeper hills. Parked next to a relatively new Grand Cherokee on the ferry and the PF dwarfed it even loaded down with suitcases and the trailer.
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
266 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
266 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
14 city / 20 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
266 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
15 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
5-speed automatic
Gas
266 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover23.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Marginal
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

The Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include SV 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Silver Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Silver Edition 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), LE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A), LE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and LE V8 4dr SUV 4WD (5.6L 8cyl 5A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder?

Save up to $300 on one of 8 Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $12,905 as of08/18/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder SV is priced between $13,900 and$19,598 with odometer readings between 38338 and108178 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder Silver Edition is priced between $12,905 and$15,491 with odometer readings between 76985 and122581 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Nissan Pathfinder LE is priced between $21,998 and$21,998 with odometer readings between 61055 and61055 miles.

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