2001 Nissan Pathfinder

  • 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE Utility

    LE Utility

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      3.5L V6
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  • 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE Utility

    SE Utility

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    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Offers power, off-road capability, and interior luxury.

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The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder has long been a highly regarded mainstay of the SUV market segment. The midsize SUV provides the best of both worlds with exterior styling suggestive of the rugged outdoors and a comfortable, even luxurious interior. It is one of the strongest year models yet produced. This is thanks in part to the introduction of a new 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that’s rated at 250 horsepower and produces 240 lb-ft of torque when mated to a five-speed manual transmission. That’s an improvement of 80 horsepower from the previously-equipped and coarsely-powered 3.3-liter V-6. Pairing the Pathfinder’s V-6 with a four-speed automatic takes the horsepower down to 240 but adds 25 lb-ft of torque.

The 2001 Pathfinder is available in three trim levels: XE, SE, and LE. All versions can be equipped with either rear drive or part-time four-wheel drive. LE models feature an automatic All-Mode four-wheel-drive system. That system operates in 2WD, automatic 4WD, 4WD-Hi, and 4WD-Lo. Setting can be changed by the use of a rotary knob located on the dash.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Pathfinder XE, Nissan Pathfinder SE, Nissan Pathfinder LE

What's New

The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder is the most powerful SUV in its class by equipping it with a new 250-horspower, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. The interior has also been given a refresh, along with an array of new standard and optional features, including an in-dash navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system. An all-mode automatic 4WD system has also been added to the LE model’s option list.


The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder is a midsize SUV that’s five inches shorter than the Ford Explorer and five inches longer than the Nissan Xterra. It’s equipped with four side doors and a rear liftgate. It features a solid unibody construction.


The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder offers seating for five. However, legroom in the rear seating area is limited. Rear seating consists of a 60/40-split bench seat that can be folded down to increase maximum cargo capacity to 85 cubic feet. XE and LE models feature an instrument cluster with black markings on a white background. The SE, meanwhile, features a slick-looking titanium background and colors that reverse at night. The audio and climate control systems both boast large, convenient controls that are easy to operate. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are also available as an option. Overall, its interior is one of the most user-friendly on the SUV market. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 85 cubic feet, which is convenient, but part of the reason the rear seating area is so cramped. However, lack of rear-seat legroom aside, there is little to disparage.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder is well-powered thanks to a 3.5-liter,V-6 engine that’s rated at 250 horsepower. This engine replaces its previous engine, a 3.3-liter V-6 that was only rated at 170 horsepower. The added engine power makes for a ride that is smoother, quieter, and delivers more on-road potency.


The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder comes with anti-lock brakes as standard. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are available for LE and SE models as part of the optional Leather Package. In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, it receives five out of five stars for passenger, side impact front, and side impact rear collisions. I gets four out of five stars for driver side collisions, and two out of five for rollover.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Pathfinder: 15/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful lineup of V-6 engines
  • Interior is more car-like than other SUVs
  • Available rear entertainment system
  • Available Infiniti All-Mode 4WD for LE trim level
  • Reputation for reliability

You Won't Like

  • Rear seat lacks space
  • Interior utilizes low-grade materials
  • Price tag is on the high side

Sum Up

Offers power, off-road capability, and interior luxury.

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