The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder’s big news is its newly standard safety features that include forward automatic emergency braking and can remind drivers to check the back seats for small children or animals. Both are worthwhile features that other automakers are making standard in hopes of reducing the number of deaths each year.
The Pathfinder offers in all models as standard keyless ignition, 18-inch wheels, cloth upholstery, a 4.0-inch driver information display, satellite radio, four USB charging outlets, Bluetooth connectivity, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and a smile.
That’s pretty good standard equipment, and the touchscreen is beats the average. The Pathfinder earns a 7 out of 10 on our features scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base model is the Nissan Pathfinder S, which is fairly spartan but still features third-row seats.
The next step up is the one you’re most likely to see on lots. The Nissan Pathfinder SV adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable driver’s seat, rear parking assist, remote start, and popular optional packages, such as heated front seats, blind-spot monitors, and towing.
The SL trim level is next, with more creature comforts such as leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, power liftgate, standard heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated outboard rear seats, navigation, adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera system, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and better options availability.
The top-of-the-line Platinum package goes the distance: 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, dual-pane moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio, wood grain accents, and an optional rear-seat entertainment system.
Like other Nissans, the Pathfinder doesn’t offer many optional extras, and most of them are bundled into pricey packages.
Our advice: Stick to SL or SV trims with a little flexibility in a small number of packages.
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