2009 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

Posted on Nov 22, 2009 by

’s , the Pathfinder is as capable off road as on road.







For buyers looking for a mid-size family SUV inside Nissan’s vast SUV line-up, the Pathfinder offers the best of both worlds. The Pathfinder shares its basic platform and parts of its suspension with its ‘big-brother’ Armada, combining rugged body-on-frame construction with the superior ride and handling characteristics of four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension.

The Pathfinder shows off a broad shouldered shape that echoes the Armada full-size SUV. The result is that the Pathfinder now boasts a visual maturity that speaks volumes about its character. And this is reflected on the inside. There is more room and thus more comfort and conveniences, not to forget more passengers – something that has become more critical as SUVs have grown keeping pace with many growing, active families. This is signified by the three rows of seats to house seven occupants.

One of the key ingredients of a strong challenger in the teeming masses of SUVs dotting the trails is a strong powerplant and the Pathfinder boots that with its powerful VQ six-cylinder 4.0-litre powerplant. Making 291 horses and 408Nm of torque with power transmitted to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic with manual mode, the engine makes for a great package in the Pathfinder.

For the Middle East, the Pathfinder turn ups in three trim levels – XE, SE and LE – all of which come with shift-on-the-fly, electronically selected four-wheel drive, with a dash mounted switch operation.

Safety features include dual, two-stage frontal airbags, antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution as well as Nissan’s proprietary VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) electronic stability control. Three-point seat belts are standard for all occupants including the second row centre passenger. On higher spec versions, a tyre pressure monitor
system (TPMS) is also available.

The Pathfinder is a good value for money SUV and has been taken with gusto by Middle East customers. Now in its third year in current form, it still holds its own against the opposition but it is time for a facelift.

Technical Specifications
Engine4.0-litre V6
Power291 Bhp
Torque408 Nm
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 116,000 – upto 153,000*



* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.


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2 Responses to 2009 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

  1. soltero Reply

    January 7, 2011 at 7:47 am

    what is this? may lose credibility. pathfinder or explorer?

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      January 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      Ooops seems like the heading part when wrong when we migrated to the new version a while ago and this did not get noticed. Thanks for pointing it out. The heading has now been corrected.

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