The Nissan Pathfinder is a middle of the road sport utility vehicle (SUV) that does everything it is expected to do quite well. The Pathfinder does not prioritize on roadway or offroad performance, so it is capable in both areas. The interior is better appointed than much of the competition, resulting in the Pathfinder being one of the most comfortable vehicles in the SUV segment of the automobile market.
The only real issue with the Nissan Pathfinder that might give some potential buyers pause is its price. For what the Pathfinder offers, the price is not particularly high. However, more specialized SUV models can give better performance in a single area while maintaining a similar price as the Pathfinder. The Pathfinder is a good option for someone who wants an SUV that is capable in every area. The Pathfinder lacks any major strengths or weaknesses, which makes it a solid option for almost any driver.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Pathfinder XE, Nissan Pathfinder SE, Nissan Pathfinder LE
The 1998 Nissan Pathfinder is almost identical to the previous year’s model. Air conditioning is now standard equipment on all models. The Nissan Pathfinder XE is now equipped with chrome bumpers.
The 1998 Nissan Pathfinder measures 178.3 inches long. The wheel base is 106.3 inches. Chrome wheels, chrome bumpers, tinted glass, and skid plates are standard equipment. A roof rack can be added as an optional feature.
The interior of the Nissan Pathfinder is more attractive than its more performance oriented competition. Basic features, such as air conditioning and a CD player, are standard on the Pathfinder rather than optional equipment. Power mirrors, power locks, power windows, an anti-theft system, and cruise control are available as options.
Performance & Handling
The Nissan Pathfinder is primarily designed for use on roadways. The six-cylinder engine gives it a good amount of acceleration for a vehicle of its size. The handling on roads is better than that of the more offroad oriented SUV crowd, but it does not quite reach the same level as smaller vehicles. The offroad performance is competent, but the Pathfinder does not have enough power to go very far off the beaten path. While the Pathfinder might not excel at either type of driving, it also does not have any glaring weaknesses either.
The 1998 Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with dual-front airbags and four-wheel antilock brakes as standard equipment. The safety features are equivalent to what most of the competition has to offer.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Pathfinder four-speed automatic: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Nissan Pathfinder five-speed manual: 14/16 mpg city/highway
- Good handling for an SUV
- Large amount of cargo space
- Four-wheel drive option
You Won't Like
- Low gas mileage
- Cramped rear seat
- Above average price
Reliable, rugged, and ready for fun!
If You Like This Vehicle
- Nissan Xterra
- Ford FJ Cruiser
- Toyota 4Runner