Once a dedicated off-roader, the Nissan Pathfinder SUV is now in the family way with seating for seven. But the Pathfinder still sports the chiseled, bold look of an athletic vehicle. You'll like its powerful V6 engine and you'll love having the seating and cargo capacity of a minivan without feeling like you've settled down. If you plan on using the third row for passengers of all sizes, you'll be pleased to know that the 2018 Pathfinder has more third-row leg room than in other SUVs.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder comes in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. On any Pathfinder, you get a grab bag of good tech, including tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, voice recognition, six USB ports, hands-free text messaging, six-speaker stereo system, HD Radio, satellite radio, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start and keyless entry, a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and a rear-seat alert system. For just a little extra, you can also add on wireless phone charging and even a Wi-Fi hotspot.
If you want luxury for less, you might consider the Pathfinder Platinum. Other manufacturer's premium trims easily cost thousands more than the Pathfinder Platinum even though the features are about the same. The Platinum's interior is positively upscale. The Platinum also comes with 20" aluminum-alloy wheels, LED low-beam projector headlights, a 13-speaker audio system, a bunch of safety features, and climate-controlled, heated and ventilated front seats.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is slated to tow up to 6,000 pounds. So some recreational boats are definitely a possibility here. As always, check the owner's manual and make sure you know the combined weight of boat and trailer before towing.
While it's too early to say for sure about the 2018 model, the 2017 model received only a slightly below average reliability score from JD Power and Associates. If reliability scores are an important factor in your decision, consider the Nissan Murano and Nissan Rogue which both received above average scores.