When the Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned back in 2013, it morphed from a truck-based body-on-frame SUV to a car-based unibody platform. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a comfortable seven-passenger full-size crossover which gets high marks for an excellent ride, a premium interior and the latest technologies. Updates for the model year include a new Cold package, a standard heated steering wheel on select trims and a revised Almond interior option.

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder comes with standard front- or available all-wheel drive. Four trim levels are offered for buyers to choose from: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it four out of five stars in overall safety while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its highest rank of "Good" in several crash tests like moderate front-overlap. This is unsurprising given the vehicle's primary purpose as a people mover. Standard safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, hill start assist and six airbags.

Each trim level is jammed-packed with creature comforts. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry via a fob, push-button stop/start and a six-speaker audio system with various input slots are found standard in the S, the entry model into the lineup.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have the range-topping Platinum. Besides coming with everything from the lower trims, this premium Pathfinder has such exclusive bits as ventilated (i.e., "cooled") and heated front row seats, 20-inch aluminum wheels, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup and a navigation system.

Numerous options are offered for buyers to customize their Pathfinder. For the SV trim, a Cold package brings heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated side rearview mirrors. Opt for the Tech Package available on the SL and you get a premium audio system and GPS navigation. Finally, a entertainment system for the rear passengers can be had by checking off the Family Entertainment Package on the option list.

The Pathfinder is motivated by a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine's paired to a continuously variable transmission. Notes the automotive experts at Edmunds: "As a suburban runabout, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder gets the job done. The 3.5-liter V6 and CVT are responsive enough in most situations, and the gearless CVT's simulated upshifts take some of the monotonous droning out of maximum acceleration."

Fuel economy of front-wheel drive models is 23 mpg in combined driving.* This drops to 22 mpg in those with AWD and 21 mpg in the heavier Platinum trim. Properly equipped Pathfinders can tow up to 5,000 pounds.


*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


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