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2018 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Pathfinder has mostly quality materials in its cabin, but the design is plain and outdated. Seating space is just OK, with a less-than-comfortable second-row position and moderately sized third-row seats. Cargo space is a little below average. There are plenty of standard features that are user-friendly and modern. 

  • "Appealing design, user-friendly controls and tech, and materials that match, or beat, those in the competition help set the Pathfinder interior apart from the rest. Textures and touches, while not exactly luxury, look and feel suitably classy." -- Edmunds
  • There's nothing terrible about the interior, but it didn't wow me. Where the new Armada and even the Titan punch up in their segments in terms of the passenger experience, the Pathfinder seems content to run with the pack." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "Generally speaking, the … Pathfinder's interior remains mostly the same, and as a result it looks and feels drab and dated, what with its button-heavy control panel and rather plain dashboard. Other automakers have proven that style has a place in mainstream vehicles, and Nissan needs to get with the program." -- New York Daily News (2017)


The Nissan Pathfinder seats seven on standard cloth seats. Optional upgrades include leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row outboard seats. The Pathfinder has two complete sets of second-row LATCH child-seat connections, as well as top tether anchors for the second-row middle and passenger-side third-row seats. The LATCH system is generally easy to use, but the lower anchors can be buried too deep in the seats. Even when a child safety seat is installed, the second row can move to allow access to the third row. 

Front-seat space is sufficient for all but extremely tall drivers, and though the second row has enough room, its low seat bottom pushes your knees into an awkward position. The third row has enough room for children or smaller adults. 

  • "This midsized SUV has seating for up to seven, but the second row's posture is not ideal and the third-row seat is tight." -- Consumer Reports
  • The generously sized second-row seats slide, recline, and split and fold in a 60/40 configuration. Third-row space is merely adequate for adults, however." -- Edmunds
  • "The tallest drivers may wish for more headroom and legroom, but most will find it adequate, and step-in height is low. There's good room in the 2nd row – though adults ride slightly knees-up – and the seat slides fore and aft several inches to balance legroom with the 3rd row. The 2nd-row seat cushion flips up and the seat slides forward to allow easy access to the 3rd row – eased further by a large door opening and only slightly tall step-in height (higher than in front) – and you can even do it with a child seat installed, though the cushion won't flip up. Unlike many 3rd rows, it's not for children only, as my 5'9 frame fit quite comfortably, though in a knees-up posture." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Pathfinder include tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, voice recognition, six USB ports, hands-free text messaging, a six-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, push-button start, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and a rear-seat alert system. Optional features include remote start, proximity key entry, a 120-volt power outlet, a motion-activated power liftgate, a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, a rear-seat DVD player, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, NissanConnect services, and an around-view camera.

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The standard touch screen is intuitive to use and functions smoothly. Its graphics are sleek and modern as well. Clearly marked physical buttons make it easy to adjust common settings, like temperature.

  • "The Pathfinder also offers one of the sharpest infotainment interfaces around. The 8-inch touchscreen looks great and is supplemented by an intuitive dial-and-button controller (although its vertical location on the center stack makes less sense than down on the center console near the shifter as with many rival systems)." -- Edmunds
  • The interior electronics have received an update as well. A new, small full-color display between the gauges uses a font so wee that one has to squint to make out some of the information it displays. Much better executed is the standard 8-inch touch-screen and Nissan's brand new icon-based NissanConnect multimedia system that is lightning fast and easy to use at a glance, with no prior familiarization. The navigation system finally looks updated and modern, in contrast to the types used in other Nissan vehicles. I can't wait for this system to proliferate through the Nissan lineup." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • "The infotainment controls are unusually easy to decipher and use. The infotainment system deserves some praise. Not only are there volume and tuning knobs (an increasing rarity), but also six physical station-select buttons (which – these days – warrants a '!'), and the navigation controls likewise have buttons and are located in an easy-to-reach, easy-to-decipher separate panel (double '!')." -- Consumer Guide (2017)


The Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 47.8 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 79.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Though those values are a little small for a 3-row SUV, at least the last two rows fold flat to maximize utility.

  • "On the downside, the Pathfinder offers relatively compact cargo capacity and utility compared to others." -- Edmunds
  • "Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seat backs fold down to create a large, flat-floor cargo area." -- Consumer Guide (2017) 
  • "Cargo space for the Pathfinder is unchanged but still decent. You get 16.0 cubic feet of room behind the third row, or 79.8 cubic feet with both second and third rows stored (Nissan strangely provided no data on just having the third row stored, which would seem like the most common usage). This actually puts the Pathfinder on the smaller side of the three-row field." -- Cars.com (2017)

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