2019 Nissan Pathfinder

Interior


#17 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

$31,530 MSRP
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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

This Nissan vehicle has a fine cabin, though it doesn’t come close to luxury status of the Infiniti QX60, and many nonluxury rivals manage to outshine it. Cargo space is below average, and the rear seats can be uncomfortable for some adults, especially in the third row. The infotainment system is easy to use, but more modern connectivity features are absent.

  • As comfortable as the Pathfinder is, the interior can't escape looking a touch dated." -- 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)

Seating

The Pathfinder seats seven on standard cloth upholstery. Upgrades include power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats; first- and second-row leather upholstery; heated second-row outboard seats; and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front seats are generally comfortable, though taller adults may feel cramped. Some reviewers thought adults could fit fine in the second and third rows, but most critics found them to be better suited for children. Be sure to try them out for yourself if you’re considering this vehicle.

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors in the second row and additional tether anchors for the second-row middle seat and passenger-side third-row seat. The upper anchors are easy to find and use, but the lower ones are set deeply in the seats.

  • Comfort is what many shoppers want most from a midsize crossover, and the front passengers certainly won't go without it. The second- and third-row seating is better tailored to children." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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. … 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

The base Pathfinder S gives you the basics, like power windows and door locks, and amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote keyless entry. The standard NissanConnect infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, six USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. A rearview camera, forward collision warning with automated braking, and rear parking sensors are also standard.

Available features include wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a 13-speaker premium stereo, a 120-volt household-style outlet, a rear-seat entertainment system, a panoramic moonroof, remote start, and proximity keyless entry. There are also a few safety options, such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera.

The infotainment system is user-friendly, but its graphics are dated, and connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available.

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  • "There are a few areas where the Pathfinder is a bit of a letdown. The touchscreen interface has dated graphics and lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, for instance." -- 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)

Cargo

The Pathfinder has less cargo space than some rival midsize SUVs. There is 16.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 47.4 cubes behind the second row, and a maximum cargo capacity of 79.5 cubic feet with all seats folded down. A hands-free liftgate is available.

  • A vehicle this size should be fairly versatile, and the Pathfinder offers more than enough cargo configurations and storage space to be competitive. Unfortunately, the seats don't fold completely to create a flat load floor, and cargo capacity is less than the competition." -- 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 … This actually puts the Pathfinder on the smaller side of the three-row field." -- Cars.com (2017)
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