Pathfinder’s third generation has lasted long enough and model begun to show its age on all fronts before finally being redesigned in 2013. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder will most likely be carried over since there are no information about eventual facelift. Improvements might be offered with slightly more standard features but nothing major.
This means that previous truck-based SUV, and now mid-size crossover, is supposed to continue with its only engine, the 3.5L V-6. This unit is able to make 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque which translates into powerful vehicle with solid towing capability. However, towing rates are now lower since Pathfinder reinvented its purpose a couple of years ago, and stand at 5,000 pounds. Furthermore, hybrid model which was available since the generation shift is no longer among us which is a pity and we do hope it will return with one of the next versions. Still, current model gets both front and optional all-wheel drive and CVT transmission which promises solid fuel efficiency, all this will be again offered with 2016 Nissan Pathfinder.
V-motion frontal design is present as always when it comes to Nissan. Mid-sized grille fits a mid-size crossover just right and trapezoidal headlamps and sleek bumper do the rest of the job. There’s nothing new to 2016 Nissan Pathfinder profile as well, while around the back, car gets another set of trapezoidal tail-lights which are now softer looking. Large tailgate adds easy loading capability to a car which is more family-friendly than its predecessors ever were making it more interesting to those drivers that need family oriented vehicle.
Interior Of 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Even though it’s a mid-size car, Pathfinder offers room for seven and does a great job at that. This is not exactly a luxury car, but apart from lots of room, it offers more than adequate comfort level thanks to quality materials used for interior. You won’t get leather from the get-go, but SL and Platinum models do offer it unlike lower grades (S and SV). Furthermore, top grades come with wood-covered instrument panel and stainless steel kick plates. Heated front and rear seats are also included, while 7-inch QVGA color monitor comes standard on all, but entry-level models.
Furthermore you can also opt for advanced, 8-inch touch screen display with navigation, hard drive and voice recognition. Rest of tech features are pretty much standard for the niche to which 2016 Nissan Pathfinder belongs, and the same goes for safety systems as well. Apart from mandatory airbag system, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, you can get a rearview camera and rear parking sensors which are offered on all but S model. Further up the range, Pathfinder benefits from surround-view monitor, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
If you decide to go with basic front-wheel drive Pathfinder, you’ll get a crossover which is capable of delivering figures of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, all-wheel drive V-6 models take a toll of a single point in both categories. Finally, 2016 Nissan Pathfinder starts from just under $30,000, while Platinum models cost at least $41,500. All-wheel drive system will cost you additional $1,690 on all versions and is available from starting trim.
2016 Nissan Pathfinder Review
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder remains a solid option for large families thanks to its spacious interior and solid fuel efficiency. Mild hybrid model has been discontinued, sadly, but we wouldn’t be surprised if true, full-blooded hybrid Pathfinder returns to the lineup sometimes in the future. Since this is mostly a carryover model we do not expect big event for its launch and this will happen most likely during summer of fall of this year.