The new 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is an SUV which comes standard with three rows of seats for seven-passenger capacity. The new 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is the smaller sibling to Nissan’s full-size Armada. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder lineup receives a couple of tweaks including the addition of the navigation system as standard equipment on the top of the line LE trim level. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder can still hold its own after the pavement ends, thanks to a robust platform based on the full-size Nissan Titan pickup truck.
Inside the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder cabin, the front seats are comfortable enough, but second-row passengers will find foot and shoulder room in short supply, however, if its seven seats caught your eye, keep in mind that its third row is harder to get to than most midsize SUVs with a third row, and once you get there, it’s kid-sized.
When it comes time to transport cargo, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder interior’s 40/20/40-split second-row and 50/50-split third-row seats fold down to create a flat load floor and 79 cubic feet of cargo room which is less than most large crossovers. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder specs comes in four trims: S, SV, Silver Edition and LE. For the Nissan Pathfinder 2012 redesign, the car adds a power moon roof and a DVD entertainment system to the Silver Edition trims and standard navigation to 2012 Nissan Pathfinder LE models with a V8 engine.
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is offered with a choice of two engines; the 4.0-liter V6 makes 266 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, while the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder LE V8 model gets a 5.6-liter V8 that produces 310 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque while a five-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.
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Competitors 2012 Nissan Pathfinder
For everyday driving ease and fuel economy, the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder trails such crossover rivals as the GMC Acadia and Nissan Murano; only the most expensive versions offer the convenience of 4-wheel drive that can be left engaged on dry pavement. The new 2012 Nissan Pathfinder does possess a solid array of true-SUV attributes, including real off-road prowess and towing capacity of up to 7,000 pounds.
However, in most respects, you can find an SUV that out-performs the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder, no matter what your priorities are. Check out some of the better car-based crossovers than the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder on the market, including the Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango and Ford Explorer And if you’re one of the few who need serious off-road and/or trailer-towing capability, we suggest you also have a look at the V6-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee or Toyota 4Runner, both of which offer better fuel economy than the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder gas mileage.
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