2018 New Cars

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Review, Changes

The new model 2018 Nissan Pathfinder sports a stylish and rugged exterior styling. The Pathfinder has been one of the popular models from stables of Nissan, noted Japanese carmaker.

The crossover gets a makeover for 2018. Nissan has resorted to styling revamp, various packages and new safety features to make the crossover more enticing.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder front

2018 Nissan Pathfinder – Design and Body Changes

The V-motion grille and sleek headlamps add to the visual oomph beyond doubt. For 2018, the buyers get 2 new exterior colors- Midnight Pine and Scarlet Ember. However, the grille gets more chrome overlay. It is sold in 4 trims- S, SV, SL and Platinum edition. This year, a special midnight edition is also going to be sold.

The cabin of 2018 Pathfinder is focused on practicality and style. The front row of seats is nice and also spacious. The third row is ideal only for kids. You will get plenty of bottle and cup holders in the cabin along with small item storage cubbies. The second row of seats can be adjusted in slide mode. Default cargo space is 16 cubic feet.

Safety Features

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder also scores well in amenities and it gets new safety features as well. All trims get laden with airbags, forward automatic emergency braking and a rearview camera. SL and Platinum models get blind-spot monitors. However, the most exciting new safety feature included in the 2018 model is a driver rear seat reminder alert.

All models also get features like keyless ignition, cloth upholstery, 18-inch wheels, USB charging outlets, satellite radio, Bluetooth and 8.0-inch touchscreen for Nissan Connect infotainment setup. SV trim gets rear parking assist, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, auto-dimming rearview mirror. SL trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, navigation. Platinum trim gets 20-inch wheels, dual-pane moonroof, LED headlights, premium audio, and more.

The midnight edition package was earlier exclusive to the Platinum trim but now it is also available for the SL trim. It brings in black aluminum-alloy wheels, black spoiler, black mirror caps, etc. The grille also gets black coating and black roof rails. It will be sold in 3 hues- Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic, and Pearl White. Most trims can be equipped with standalone upgrades as well. SV trim can be laden with All Weather Package. There is the Mobile Entertainment Package as well.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder dashboard

2018 Nissan Pathfinder – Engine and Towing Capacity

All trims of 2018 Nissan Pathfinder get laden with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 284 horsepower. It is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission unit. Fuel economy is good but not spectacular. It comes with EPA city/highway of 20/27 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD). The rated towing capacity is 6000 pounds.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder rear

Price and Availability of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

The entry-level price for 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV is $31.000 approx. However, the midnight edition pricing can be above $45.000. It will be made available for sale soon.

Summing it up

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a decently large sized SUV crossover that gets a moderate level of revamping. The styling changes are not major but the Midnight edition exudes oomph. The enhanced safety features also deserve praise. Despite the enhancements, it faces steep competition from the Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-5.

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