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2007 Nissan Pathfinder

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder Review

An SUV that feels at home on the street and performs well off the beaten track.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2007 Nissan Pathfinder provides s a midsize, seven-passenger SUV equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 and an automatic transmission with either rear drive or four-wheel drive. The Pathfinder comes in four trim levels: the S, SE, SE Off-Road, and LE.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Pathfinder S, Nissan Pathfinder SE, Nissan Pathfinder SE Off-Road, Nissan Pathfinder LE

What's New

An input jack has been added to the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder to accommodate MP3 players. The rear windows now feature an auto-reverse function, which causes the window to change direction when an object enters its path.

Exterior

The 2007 Nissan Pathfinder’s exterior uses a similar design to Nissan’s Armada. An integrated front bumper and an Armada-like grille grace the front end. The rear-door handles sit vertically on the C-pillars. The liftgate has a flip-up window, and the rear also has LED taillights.

The Pathfinder’s wheelbase measures 112.2 inches long, with an overall length of 187.6 inches for the body. Ground clearance totals 8.6 inches. Step running boards come standard on some models and provide options on the others. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder reaches a maximum towing capacity of 6000 pounds.

Standard equipment on the base S includes 16-inch alloy wheels with P245/75R16 all-season tires, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, power mirrors, a manual flip-up liftgate window, a rear liftgate door, a trailer hitch, and trailer wiring. The SE adds a power glass sunroof.

Interior

The interior of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder looks attractive and comfortable. The gauges and controls prove easy to see and simple to operate. Front-seat legroom seems ample, but second-row passengers may find the seating a bit snug. The third-row seating best suits children, as legroom is scant.

Cargo capacity with all of the seats in place totals 16.5 cubic feet. With both the second- and third-row seats stowed, capacity increases to 79.2 cubic feet.

Standard interior features for the 2007 Pathfinder include a driver’s seat with lumbar support and height adjustment, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, a manually folding split-bench third-row seat, power door locks, power windows, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, a front console with storage, an overhead console with storage, retained accessory power, speed-proportional power steering, a tilt steering wheel with cruise control functions, 12V power outlets, air-conditioning, a tachometer, a trip computer, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.

The SE adds an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and height adjustment, a fold-flat passenger seat, and a first aid kit. Standard features added on the Pathfinder LE include leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, heated seats, rear ventilation ducts with fan control, adjustable pedals, a universal remote transmitter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, three-zone climate control, wood and alloy interior trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, external temperature display, and a Bose premium audio system with an AM/FM radio, a six-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, a subwoofer, 10 speakers, and a radio data system.

Optional equipment includes a navigation system with an LCD display screen, satellite radio, and a DVD entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

All of the Pathfinders come equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. They also use a five-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 offers ample power and brisk acceleration. Steering feels responsive and the ABS with emergency braking assist and electronic brake force distribution provides good stopping power. The ride quality feels a bit rough over bumpy roads, but when taken offroad the Pathfinder performs well. The Pathfinder offers rear drive or All-Mode four-wheel drive, which includes automatic and Low-range modes.

Handling features include a rear limited-slip differential, double wishbone front and rear independent suspensions, and front and rear stabilizer bars.

The SE Off-Road only offers four-wheel drive. Standard equipment for the SE Off-Road includes skid plates, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, and Rancho off-road shocks.

On-demand four-wheel drive standard equipment includes skid plates, hi-lo gear selection, automatic-locking hubs, and front and rear limited-slip differential.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder includes four-wheel ABS, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, stability control, traction control, and a full complement of airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Pathfinder: 16/21-23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Off-road performance
  • Material quality
  • Performance

You Won't Like

  • Ride quality on bumpy roads
  • Legroom in third-row seats

Sum Up

An SUV that feels at home on the street and performs well off the beaten track.

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