First spy shots came out. Photographers caught it testing. Of course, heavy covers were all over the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder. But, the shape of the front fascia unveils bug changes. It is not the same as before. We can see part of the grille. However, it is not quite sure this will be the same when production starts. The rear end also suffers changes. It is boxier than before. We could find similarities with second generation SUV. But, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder will be modern and trendy. Finally, the ground clearance is higher. The new crossover will gain at least 1 inch of extra space under the vehicle. It will help this Pathfinder move around much easier, especially in off-road conditions.
When it was redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Pathfinder shed its trucky looks (and rugged underpinnings) in favor of sculpted, curvy sheet metal that’s more at home in front of Kroger than on a remote trail. Its car like front end gives way to broad fenders that wrap around 18 inch wheels on most versions. Pathfinder SL and Platinum trims are available with 20 inch wheels, a clear reminder that this crossover SUV goes down pavement paths.
Inside, the Pathfinder looks a lot like its Infiniti QX60 cousin—that’s good news for 2019 Nissan Pathfinder shoppers. Its dashboard is simple, with a mix between curvy shapes and blocky, vertical controls. An 8.0 inch touchscreen for infotainment sits high on the dash flanked by climate control vents with nearly 20 buttons and a big chrome knob below. The buttons can overwhelm at first, but they offer better access to myriad audio and optional navigation controls than some menu intensive infotainment systems. Most Pathfinder’s have shiny black interior trim, but the matte finish faux wood on higher trims has a dressy look.
Under the Pathfinder’s hood sits a 3.5 liter V-6 engine rated at 284 horsepower and 259 pound feet of torque. The V-6’s horsepower figure is above average for a three row crossover, but its so-so torque figure means that the throttle needs to be buried for good acceleration. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) works well, but is only so effective at masking the V-6’s occasionally gruff nature. The Pathfinder’s steering is light and accurate, but particularly informative. This hefty crossover SUV leans into corners thanks to a suspension tuned more for comfort than for handling prowess. Pathfinder SL and Platinum trims can be fitted with 20 inch wheels that have little effect on ride quality and steering response. At highway speeds, the Pathfinder tracks well and is reasonably quiet. 2019 Nissan Pathfinder says that the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds that’s more than most crossover SUV rivals. Front wheel drive Pathfinders exhibit some torque steer a tendency to tug the steering wheel in one direction under hard acceleration. That’s mostly gone in all wheel drive models. Behind the CVT gear lever sits a control knob with traction control modes for sticky situations. With just 7.0 inches of ground clearance, the Pathfinder sits only slightly higher off the ground than a minivan and thus isn’t suited to serious explorations. We’ve found its all wheel drive system to provide good wintry weather traction, although the relatively narrow tires can make it a handful in deep snow. Proper winter tires are a good bet for anyone who regularly sees snow, however.
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is on sale and expected to begin arriving at dealers shortly. However, certain versions like the new Rock Creek Edition aren’t due to be built until January 2019. Official pricing will range from $32,225 including destination for the Pathfinder S to as much as $45.255 for the Platinum trim paired with all wheel drive.