2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Save up to $10,736
MSRP range
$31,040 - $44,260

What’s new

  • Automatic emergency braking now comes standard on all trim levels
  • A rear-seat reminder system
  • Additional USB charging ports
  • Midnight Edition appearance package
  • Adaptive cruise control system

Pros

  • V6 engine delivers strong acceleration with decent fuel economy
  • Third-row seat is easy to access
  • Offers robust towing capacity
  • Automatic emergency braking is standard on every trim level

Cons

  • Top trim's ride quality may be too firm for some drivers
  • Third-row space is less roomy than in some rivals
  • Cargo capacity and small-item storage is below average
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.

Great vehicle for the purposes!
Daniel, 6/15/2018
Amazing responsive acceleration. This vehicle is faster stronger and cheaper than honda , ford or toyota models. Along with the superior performance you get 6000lb towing capacity. It wont be in the shop except for oil changes because you are driving all over the place in it.
Nice good looking ride!
Mad Dog, 5/4/2018
The transmission shifts better than the Highlander. We found the Highlander shifts funny with its 6 speed transmission. We bought the SL with 20" wheels. Very good ride and handling. No reliabilty issues thus far with 8000+ miles. Havn't towed with it yet but looking forward to being able to tow up to 6000 lbs. Dont like the Cruise Control because you cant turn off the forward looking feature. Love the all around parking camera. Great value for the money.
2nd Time Around
Vulcan, 7/13/2018
I traded a 2015 Pathfinder for the 2018 Model. Ride is much improved with greater noise reduction (what I didn't like about the 2015), and the power is always there when I need it. Living in the Midwest, you just don't know what the weather will bring, from driving rains, gusty winds, or heavy snow and that can be all in one week. The Pathfinder does great in all of these conditions and if you have ever driven on Michigan roads, you need a vehicle that can handle the lack of maintenance that we experience. Haven't had a vehicle problem on the first Pathfinder and don't anticipate having one with this Pathfinder.
Nissan Pathfinder 2018 SV is worth the value.
John, 1/12/2018
Shoppers should test drive this SUV a great comfort ride.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$39,440
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$31,040
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$32,730
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$35,420
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Pathfinder safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Front radar monitors proximity to the vehicle ahead. In an imminent collision, the Pathfinder can apply brakes to avoid/mitigate impact.
Blind-Spot Monitoring
Helps compensate for reduced side and rear visibility caused by the Pathfinder's stylish exterior. Standard on SL and Platinum.
Around-View Monitor
Four cameras display a 360-degree image of the car. Selectable curbside view works great for parking. Standard on SL and Platinum.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Nissan Pathfinder vs. the competition

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander

When comparably equipped, the Nissan Pathfinder is a better value than the Toyota Highlander. The base Highlander comes standard with a less expensive, but also less powerful, four-cylinder engine that we don't recommend. Once you equip the Highlander with a V6 to make an apples-to-apples comparison, its price advantage goes away. Although our editors still preferred the Highlander, those looking to get more car for the money should keep the Pathfinder in mind.

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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Honda Pilot

The Nissan Pathfinder faces tough competition when compared to the Honda Pilot. The Pathfinder gets slightly better fuel economy, and while the MSRP is higher than the Pilot's, you're likely to see greater discounts on average. On the other hand, the Pilot starts out less expensive, can seat an extra person (bringing the passenger capacity to eight), has better infotainment technology and is a little more engaging to drive.

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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer

The Pathfinder comes equipped with more standard features than the Explorer, including keyless ignition and tri-zone climate control. It also keeps the shopping simple, with a single, powerful engine. But if you prefer a more traditional boxy SUV look, the Ford Explorer has got that covered. It has a choice of three engines, but the best one, a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, is only available on more expensive higher trims.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder for Sale

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FAQs

Is the Nissan Pathfinder a good car?

Are you looking for an SUV with a classy, upscale interior and a V6 engine with plenty of power for towing? If so, the Pathfinder strikes an excellent balance of quality and utility and should be on your list of vehicles to consider. It also offers one of the sharpest infotainment interfaces around. The 8-inch touchscreen ranks high among rivals, backed by crisp graphics, fast response times and an intuitive dial-and-button controller. On the other hand, the Pathfinder's third row is less roomy than those of its competitors, and the cargo capacity is below average.

How can I get a Nissan Pathfinder deal?

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Does the Nissan Pathfinder have good MPG?

A front-wheel-drive Pathfinder gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). Opting for all-wheel drive lowers these estimates by 1 or 2 mpg. The combined mpg number is slightly above average for vehicles in this class, and while the difference may only be a mile or so per gallon, it can make a big difference in an SUV. If you want better fuel economy, you could consider the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, though it costs nearly $6,000 more.

Does the Nissan Pathfinder have good resale value?

If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Nissan Pathfinder's resale value. How much will a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.

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More about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

At first glance, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder looks like just about every other crossover out there. It's about the same size and has about the same specifications as its competitors. The Pathfinder plays in a big, competitive pool where every fish is a shark.

But that doesn't mean it lacks certain advantages compared to its rivals. Among them are a robust V6 engine, a classy interior, high-performing infotainment tech and robust towing capability.

The current fourth-generation Pathfinder debuted as a 2013 model and received some significant updates with the 2017 model year. Those included tweaks to the 3.5-liter V6 that powers it, the most substantial involving the use of direct gasoline injection. The miracle of direct injection facilitates, among other things, a higher compression ratio and superior combustion. In short, engine output moves from last year's 260 horsepower to 284. More power is usually good.

Despite the increased power, the Pathfinder's fuel economy ratings remain respectable. The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive 2018 Pathfinder at 23 mpg combined. Add all-wheel drive to the mix and it drops just a bit to 22 mpg combined.

Among the other changes, Nissan fortified the suspension and steering, increased the tow rating from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, and touched up the Pathfinder's appearance. Changes to the 2018 model are few but not unsubstantial. Noteworthy among them, automatic emergency braking now comes standard even on the base model.

Nissan offers the Pathfinder in four trim levels. At the bottom is the S, which practically no one buys. Then come the SV, which is livable, and the SL, which is the mainstream model and pretty cushy. Finally there's the Platinum, which is full of stuff you don't need but really want.

Additional interior room, however, isn't available on any of them. And while the interior is roomy enough, the third row is best left to kids, and the Pathfinder still suffers from a shortage of cargo space that limits its utility compared to its rivals.

Still, the Pathfinder elevates the humble family SUV to something slightly less than luxury, but more upscale than utilitarian. It's a happy middle ground, backed up by some real capability that makes it worth a look for anyone considering a three-row crossover.

Let Edmunds help you see if the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is the perfect crossover for you.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT), S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT), SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT), SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT), Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT), and Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Pathfinder 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Pathfinder.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Pathfinder featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder?
2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,875. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $10,736 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $10,736 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,140.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is23.4% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $40,670. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $10,309 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $10,309 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,361.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is25.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,650. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,797 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,797 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,853.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is24% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,135. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $9,511 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,511 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,624.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is27.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,270. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $9,752 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,752 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,518.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is30.2% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $44,845. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,641 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,641 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$36,204.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is19.3% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,130. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,591 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,591 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$34,539.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is19.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,380. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is trending $8,179 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,179 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,201.

The average savings for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) is22.5% below the MSRP.

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