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2004 Nissan Pathfinder Review
Continues to be a consumer favorite.
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The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder entered the market with minimal changes thank to its continuous adaption from birth. Since 1986, it added major improvement where needed, including overhauls to the engine to the interior. It remains a relevant option for those searching for a powerful engine coupled with many luxury interior appointments. The comfortable cabin, sleek exterior design, and new color options made it hard to resist whether consumers were searching for the power while on the road or the comfort of a luxury sedan while inside the cabin. It’s hard to argue the cost was high for an SUV in its category, but those that sought out the amenities were willing to pay the price.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Pathfinder SE, Nissan Pathfinder LE Platinum
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder offers one of the rather minimal, yet still noteworthy changes, which is the switch from the LE name to the LE Platinum. As expected, the high trim package boasts new accents from the electroluminescent gauges to the special dark wood trim released in the 2004 model year. Other changes include an expanded color palette offering with three new exterior shades: Platinum, Canteen, and Luminous Gold.
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder's body style is one of a sophisticated SUV with a somewhat boxy front fascia and slightly round rear lift gate. There are minimal noticeable differences to the exterior except for the difference in alloy tires; the SE rides on 16-inch wheels, while the LE Platinum is standard with 17-inch wheels. The body reaches 182.7 inches in length and 72.7inches in height. With a wheel base of 106.3 inches and a gross weight of 5050 pounds, consumers can expect a sturdy ride along the city blocks or bustling highway. Privacy glass and a roof rack also standard on both trim packages. A power moonroof can be found on the LE Platinum and is optional on the SE.
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder offers a comfortable ride while behind the wheel or as a passenger, regardless of the trim package. Both models are available in cloth Beige or Charcoal interior color combinations. The SE boasts cloth bucket seats in the front row with power heated mirrors and reclining rear seats. The air-conditioning, front reading lights, and cup holders are spread throughout the vehicle. Jumping up to the LE Platinum, consumers will find wood trim along the interior cabin, leather steering wheel, and Bose premium audio system in addition to all the amenities found on the SE. Drivers can also add many of these same options to the SE for a reasonable price.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder is powered with the well-equipped, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that releases 240 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will also find a four-speed automatic transmission in all four models and a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons. Expect to enjoy the power behind the SUV that also boasts a towing capacity of 5000 pounds if traveling is planned. The handling is above average and the throttle behind the V-6 engine is more than adequate whether consumers want to explore the rugged terrain or simply maneuver through the busy streets.
The 2004 Nissan Pathfinder crash ratings reached a full five stars for both the side rear seat and side front seat tests. It did receive a combination of positive and negative safety ratings with the IIHS. The IIHS offered only a ""marginal"" rating for the frontal offset crash test. Standard on both models are anti-lock front disc and rear drum brakes along with a security system and dual front impact airbags. Stability control and traction control can be added on the SE and LE Platinum for a small cost. Front dual side airbags are standard on the LE Platinum and optional on the SE.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful V-6 engine
- Trim package
- Posh interior
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Higher price tag
- High-Priced optional features
Continues to be a consumer favorite.
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