2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Interior


#15 out of 23 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$31,680
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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has a roomy interior with good passenger and cargo space for a midsize SUV. Its infotainment system is easy to use, but it lacks the latest connectivity features like Apple CarPlay. The interior looks dated by modern standards, and cabin materials are merely OK.

  • There's nothing terrible about the interior, but it won't wow anyone. Where the 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
  • As comfortable as the Pathfinder is, the interior can't escape looking a touch dated." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "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 is a three-row SUV with seven seats. The front seats are nicely contoured and comfortable, and the driving position provides a good view of the road ahead. Critics are split on the second and third rows. In general, these seats offer adequate space for adults on shorter trips, but the seat cushions are firm, and the seating position is more ideal for smaller children. Be sure to try the rear seats out for yourself if you’re considering this vehicle.

Cloth seats are standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row for securing child car seats. Additional tether anchors can be found for the second-row middle seat and passenger-side third-row seat.

  • 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 (2019)
  • "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)
  • As before, the Pathfinder's third-row seat is standard across all trim levels. It's strictly for small fry, although access is easy (including the unusual and appreciated ability to slide the second-row seats forward even with a child seat installed). Space in the first two rows is fine, but we found seating comfort somewhat lacking; the seats are unchanged from the 2016 model, and we found them overly firm and felt like we were sitting on them rather than in them." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Interior Features

The Pathfinder comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, a six-speaker stereo, six USB ports, remote keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

The touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly, and it’s accompanied by physical buttons and knobs that make it easy to quickly adjust the radio and climate controls while driving. On the other hand, the screen’s graphics look grainy and dated by modern standards, and the system lacks connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that have become common in this class.

Available features include a navigation system, a 13-speaker stereo, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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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 (2019)
  • "Last year Nissan revamped the Pathfinder's interior and improved its ergonomics with a redesigned center console and a larger 8-inch touch screen. Instead of the finicky, all-touch infotainment systems used in some other SUVs, you can easily tune the Pathfinder's radio or adjust the volume by twisting a dial." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 decent cargo space for a midsize SUV. There’s 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a maximum of 79.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-rows folded. A hands-free power 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 (2019)
  • "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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