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2016 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder provides a cabin that is both well-built, with high-end materials, and well-outfitted, with a wide range of options. The Pathfinder has room for seven, and the sliding second-row seat makes getting into the third row easy. Like many SUVs in this class, however, the third row is best left to children. Cargo space for the class is about average, but larger three-row competitors offer considerably more room.

  • "A big part of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder's appeal is its attractive cabin. High-quality materials give it a decidedly premium look, especially in the top Platinum trim level." -- Edmunds
  • "In terms of design and materials, there's a definite upscale feel to the cabin, from the quality of the materials to the tasteful layout of the dashboard." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Up against such heavyweights as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander, the Pathfinder holds its own, offering a full complement of technology and creature comforts." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

The three-row 2016 Nissan Pathfinder seats seven. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats are optional.

The first and second rows of seats are comfortable, and the second row can slide forward and back even with a baby seat in place. The third row is easily accessed, but only children will find that space comfortable.

  • "Both front- and second-row occupants will find their seats comfortable and supportive. The second-row seats can slide fore and aft and recline for greater comfort, and they'll slide forward even with a child's car seat in place, eliminating the need to remove the car seat in order to get people into the third row." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Legroom is generous in the first two rows, but the last row is tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Roominess and versatility are defining characteristics of the interior, which boasts 2nd-row seats with 5.5-inches of forwards and backwards travel so that 2nd- or 3rd-row legroom can be prioritized. A Latch and Glide system means the 2nd row can be folded forward for easy access to the rearmost seats, which offer adequate space for children or short adults." -- Left Lane News (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Pathfinder include tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary input jack and proximity key. Optional features include a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, rear parking sensors, navigation (with an 8-inch touch screen), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle.

Reviewers are frustrated that many features – such as a USB port and Bluetooth – that they believe should be standard, are not. The available touch screen is basic, test drivers say, but they find it intuitive and easy to use. Manually operated knobs for audio and climate controls pair well with the touch screen.

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  • The gauges and controls are easy to find and operate. We're especially fond of the 8-inch touchscreen: There's nothing particularly flashy about it, but it's very user-friendly and offers helpful redundant controls adjacent to the screen. … Certain options should frankly be standard, however, especially Bluetooth connectivity, which is unavailable on the base S trim, lacks streaming-audio capability on the step-up SV trim and requires an upgrade for streaming audio on the SL. Even inexpensive small crossovers get Bluetooth by default these days, and they generally get a USB port, too, which the Pathfinder S once again lacks." -- Edmunds
  • Thankfully, Nissan passed on the finicky, all-touch infotainment systems used by others. Here, you can easily tune the radio or adjust the volume by twisting a dial. The same goes for setting the temperature and fan speed." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet behind the third row, 47.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 79.8 behind the first row. This is slightly better than average compared with three-row competitors, however some larger rivals, like the GMC Acadia, offer considerably more cargo capacity. A few test drivers bemoan the floor gaps in the load floor that appear when the seats are folded, while others appreciate the spaces for small items available throughout the cabin.

  • "We also take issue with the Pathfinder's cargo capacity, which is below the segment average despite the vehicle's substantial exterior dimensions." -- Edmunds
  • "Fold the seats down and numerous gaps in the floor threaten to catch your cargo." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Surprise-and-delight features include an ample hidden storage bin aft of the third row, double map pockets behind each front seat, built-in tie-downs, and flip-out coat hooks." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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