The 1980s were set ablaze by rising stars and outrageous styles that would impact the trends we see today. Alongside these major moments, another entry into history would come in the form of the Nissan Pathfinder. At a time when the SUV market had yet to gain traction, the Nissan Pathfinder was already finding its way to the top, helping to fuel the SUV craze.
Nissan was already making some major strides in the automotive industry, and they were coming in handy with the new SUV. Using their latest “hardbody” design, the Nissan Pathfinder was a bold utility vehicle that set the bar high for competitors. Its off-road abilities made it more than a family-toting wagon, allowing enthusiasts to explore new terrain and take on new challenges. Its well-balanced design made it a fan favorite and has contributed to the Pathfinder’s long legacy.
In its fifth generation, the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is still among the company’s top-selling vehicles. With an updated design and all the best features available today, the Pathfinder is the type of vehicle that never seems to go out of style. Available in five distinct trims, the Pathfinder offers everything from affordability in the S and SV trims to higher-end luxuries in the SL and Platinum trims. Plus, with the recent addition of the Rock Creek, even the adrenaline junkies have something to get pumped about.
The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder lives up to its name, giving you all the tools you need to find the right path. Equipped with a V6 and a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission, this 3.5-liter engine produces plenty of power to conquer what lies ahead. Up to 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque work together to offer a towing capacity of up to 6,000 lbs when properly equipped.
Specialized towing systems are put to work on the Pathfinder, making it easier to tow and haul. Trailer Sway Control comes standard on all trim levels, providing more security when towing a heavy load and combating crosswinds. Other features, like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, also play a part in helping keep you confidently moving forward.
Equip your Pathfinder with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive to see just how far you can go. Nissan’s available Intelligent 4x4 system reads data from select sensors, which it then uses to determine torque distribution. By allocating power to specific wheels, the Intelligent 4x4 system can enhance your ride experience, smoothing out turns and taking on adverse weather with ease. All trims provide manual shifting opportunities by using the paddle shifter, putting control at your fingertips.
All Pathfinder trims are fitted with a Drive and Terrain Mode Selector, letting you choose the mode that is right for your current driving conditions. There are up to seven modes, with some trims offering only the main five modes. The modes include Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, and Tow. Additional off-road modes are added on select trims, and these are the Sand and Mud/Rut drive modes. Distributing torque to the right wheels at the right time optimizes performance and allows the Pathfinder to conquer what lies ahead.
When it comes to safety, Nissan has you covered with its expansive Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. Standard on all Pathfinder trims, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 offers all of the best safety tech, providing confidence in every situation. The suite includes Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both of which monitor areas around the vehicle with limited visibility. Another valuable system is the Lane Departure Warning program, which acts as a co-pilot, making sure you leave your lane when you intend to and not due to distracted driving.
More active systems included in the suite come in the form of Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Rear Automatic Braking. These programs can initiate braking when needed to minimize impact damage or, better yet, avoid an impact altogether. High Beam Assist is the icing on the cake, making some actions automatic.
Nissan Safety Shield 360 isn’t the only thing protecting you, with other features like Intelligent Driver Alertness making sure your attention is where it should be. Another invaluable available safety feature is the ProPILOT Assist program, which takes the idea of automatic to a new level. ProPILOT Assist is a very hands-on system that uses the Intelligent Cruise Control function, in unison with several other smart functions, to take over some of the driving. ProPILOT can help keep you centered in your lane, provide a safe driving distance between you and other vehicles, and even bring the vehicle to a full stop if needed.
Depending on trim, ProPILOT Assist may also include Navi-Link, which uses included navigation to determine the best course of action. Speed Limit Assist is part of the Navi-Link add-on, allowing the Pathfinder to adjust its driving speed to match posted speed limits. This is quite similar to one of the other available safety features, Traffic Sign Recognition, which reads nearby traffic signs and displays the information on the instrument cluster for easier visibility.
Not all technology within the Nissan Pathfinder is intended for safety; some of it is intended for comfort and entertainment. Using a color infotainment display, drivers and passengers can gain access to some of their favorite apps. Depending on the trim, either an eight-inch or a nine-inch touch display sits above the center stack. The infotainment display sits alongside an embedded digital instrument cluster, offering valuable and easily read information. Select trims even offer a head-up display that conveniently projects essential information onto the windshield for easy viewing.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto serve as standard connectivity apps that allow compatible smart devices to sync up the Pathfinder. Select trims take this a step further with a wireless version of Apple CarPlay, allowing you to cut the ties and go wire-free. Another incredibly convenient feature is the Nissan Pathfinder’s Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, which lets you use your device wherever you are without eating into your phone’s data plan. Keeping with the wireless motif, select trims offer a wireless charging feature for compatible smart devices, so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.
Use your device to stream music and other forms of entertainment and take advantage of the Nissan Pathfinder’s Bluetooth capabilities. If you hit the road only to realize you are short on entertainment, then take full advantage of the vehicle’s SiriusXM compatibility. With three months to try before you buy, you can see what SiriusXM has to offer, enjoying music, sports, news, and podcasts. For a truly elevated experience, select trims offer a premium sound experience via the Bose 13-speaker system, which fills the cabin with rich sound that will put you at the center of it all.
From the available Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation to NissanConnect Services, the Pathfinder offers a robust selection of infotainment features. NissanConnect Services moves away from the entertainment side of technology and introduces some helpful tools such as emergency calling and remote vehicle features. Remote lock and unlock and remote engine start and stop make convenience a priority.
Convenience is boosted yet again with Voice Recognition, making hands-free, easy and safe. Voice Recognition comes into play when using the available Amazon Alexa program, as well as hands-free text messaging. Use your words, not your hands, keeping your mind on the road ahead. The Nissan Pathfinder is designed to provide convenience and entertainment without sacrificing safety, which is evident in many of the programs included. Even music is made safer thanks to the Speed Sensitive Volume control, making safety automatic.