Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that has been in production since 1986. When it was initially launched, the Nissan Pathfinder was influenced by the same truck platform that was used for Nissan’s compact pickup trucks.

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Nissan Pathfinder Origins

The first generation of the Nissan Pathfinder was launched into the compact SUV category. Since it was first released, there have been three subsequent generations in production. The second and third generations were larger than the initial release, which moved the Pathfinder into the midsize SUV category. The Pathfinder’s last generation is due to launch in late 2012.

About the Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder was the first SUV produced by Nissan. When it was launched in 1986, Nissan ensured that it was an innovator in its category. With each successive generation of the Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan has stuck to this principle to ensure that each new vehicle is more powerful, capable, and versatile than the previous one, as well as other SUVs within its class. The Nissan Pathfinder is known for its reliability. Over the years, Nissan has improved the style of both the body and the interior to create a cleaner exterior appearance, and an upscale, yet functional interior.

Nissan Pathfinder Features

For the 2005 model year, Nissan launched the third generation Pathfinder. This generation ends with the 2012 model year to make way for the introduction of the fourth generation in 2013. Yet again, the Nissan Pathfinder was completely redesigned in comparison to the second generation. It was built on a new platform and was fitted with a more powerful V-6 engine that gave an increase of 30 horsepower. As well as being more powerful, the third generation Nissan Pathfinder was larger and provided seating for seven instead of five. Since the Nissan Pathfinder grew in length and width, it was able to add a third-row seat.

The third generation Nissan Pathfinder was a four-door midsize SUV that came with a five-speed automatic transmission only in North America. Four different trim levels are available for the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder, which are the S, SV, Silver Edition, and LE. The Silver Edition was launched for the 2011 model year to mark the fact that the Nissan Pathfinder had been for sale for 25 years. The LE trim level can be fitted with a V-6 engine, or a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that provides 310 horsepower. All trim levels can be equipped with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive systems.

Nissan Pathfinder Evolution

Nissan manufactured its first generation Pathfinder from 1986 to 1995. When it was initially launched in the U.S., the Nissan Pathfinder was available as a two-door compact SUV only. In 1990, the body changed to a four-door configuration, and the two-door style was discontinued. Both rear drive and four-wheel-drive configurations were available in both body styles. From 1986 to 1989, drivers could choose between a three-liter, V-6 engine and a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The transmission options included a three-speed automatic for the first year only and a five-speed manual transmission. The three-speed automatic was upgraded to a four-speed automatic in 1987. With the change to the four-door in 1990, the engine was modified to a V-6 to produce more power and torque with a more powerful four-cylinder engine.

When the second generation Pathfinder was launched in 1996, it was completely redesigned. Instead of being built as a body-on-frame, the new Nissan Pathfinder was produced using unibody construction. The exterior body was overhauled to give a more rounded styling. It also grew in size and moved to the midsize SUV class as a result. The second generation Nissan Pathfinder came as a four-door vehicle only and was in production until 2004.

The second generation’s engine was also upgraded. It was fitted with a 3.3-liter V-6 that provided 168 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission was available, as was either rear drive or part-time all-wheel drive. For the 2001 model year, the Nissan Pathfinder was refreshed and the engine was also upgraded to a 3.5-liter V-6 that produced 240 horsepower with the automatic transmission and 250 horsepower with the manual transmission.

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