2016 Nissan Pathfinder: A New Class of Crossover Utility Vehicles

Nissan’s 2016 Pathfinder is the polished family-friendly SUV drivers have been waiting for. As a four-door, seven-seater, Nissan’s newest crossover isn’t quite what you’d expect—it’s better. Offering top-quality performance in its class, actual room for seven, and towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds, the 2016 Pathfinder is as balanced a mix of car, van, and truck as it gets. 

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The Best Mixture of Style & Comfort

As a crossover SUV, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is on the bulky side, but its sleek body contours help slim down its appearance. Slightly lengthened from its previous models, the new Pathfinder showcases its long hood, chrome grille, and refined side accents—and nearly mimics the look of a sedan, which is a stark comparison to the truck-like appearance of older Pathfinder models.

Kirk Bell, in his review of the vehicle on thecarconnection.com, wrote that “the Pathfinder has undergone a few big transitions in its career as a people hauler. In its latest edition, it’s given up on its truck-based SUV roots to become a more refined crossover utility vehicle.”

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Inside is where the four-door SUV shines. The third-row seating is more than functional—it’s more of a revelation in a crossover world where even lumpy cushions are considered a luxury—thanks to the seats’ low position to the floor, their ability to recline, and an ample amount of elbow room.

The second row of seats moves back and forward with ease thanks to Nissan’s EZ Flex system, which also rewards passengers in the third row with more legroom. Parents take note: the Latch and Glide system is a game-changer, as it allows second-row seats to be moved and even slightly folded down without the necessity to remove child seats. Separate from the audio possibilities for the front and rest of the cabin, headrest-monitors face the backseat and can be operated individually from each other thanks to Nissan’s Tri-zone Entertainment system.

Drivers have access to the Pathfinder’s Driver-Assist Display screen, which comes standard with the vehicle’s setting-changing and status-monitoring system. Housed within the dashboard, the 4” color monitor features a visualized display for fuel-efficiency, torque-distribution status, and individual tire pressure. In the central console is the infotainment system, which comes standard with a reversing camera and audible sensors, HDD Satellite navigation, and an optional 360-view Around View Monitor system for even more control.

Car-like Performance in a Bigger Package

The 2016 Pathfinder is built for families but has the capability to veer off-road if needed. Utilizing the manufacturer’s popular 3.5L V-6 engine, the 2016 Pathfinder is rated at 260 horsepower and 240 pounds of torque. The electric-hydraulic steering helps the light-weight crossover power through choppy terrain while its continuously variable transmission and the new D-Step Shift Logic deemphasizes shifting hums when on the highway. For additional control, drivers can use the new All-Mode 4x4i Dial to select 2WD (FWD), 4WD (AWD), or automatic torque distribution.

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Running with standard front-wheel drive, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is EPA rated at 23 combined mpg, which is on par with the offerings of its 2013 predecessor. Pathfinders specified with all-wheel drive are rated slightly lower at 21 combined mpg.


Safety Features Abound

Rated as “good” by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the crashworthiness of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder matches its previous years’ models. It is fully equipped with the following:

·         6 total airbags (dual front, dual side, and dual curtain SRS) to protect all passengers

·         Traction Control System that responds to incidences of friction loss

·         Vehicle Dynamic Control that reacts to changes in the roadway by selectively braking and adjusting engine power

·         Electronic Brakeforce Distribution that applies more braking power when needed

Features such as the standard Easy Fill Tire Alert system, rearview camera, parking sensors, traffic-alert monitoring, and a Hill Start Assist system also help to instill confidence in Pathfinder drivers. Kbb.com also considers the Pathfinder to be one of 2016’s safest and most family-friendly vehicles.


Nissan clearly went above and beyond to craft the most attractive Pathfinder model to date. From its supple curves to its plentiful elbow room, the 2016 Pathfinder stands in a class all its own. If you’re in the market to buy a Pathfinder, or would simply like to test drive one, call McCarthy Olathe Nissan at 877-517-7514. As one of the most trusted Nissan dealers in Kansans City, we also have one of the largest inventories of pre-owned cars and new Nissan’s for sale. Visit our dealership at 683 N Rawhide Road in Olathe, KS, to discover how McCarthy can get you behind the wheel of a new vehicle.









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