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2012 Nissan Pathfinder

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  2011 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SV Angular Front Exterior View 2011 Toyota 4Runner 4WD 4-door V6 SR5 (GS) Angular Front Exterior View
Invoice $27,444 $28,603
13/22 17/23
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Bottom Line The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder appeals to those who need tow or off-road, yet occasionally carry passengers; if it's the other way around, you can do better. Read Full Review The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think. Read Full Review
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  • Serious truck toughness
  • Strong, torquey powertrains
  • Good versatility for cargo
  • Three rows of seating
  • Impressive lux features on offer


  • Choppy ride
  • Skimpy, thinly padded seats
  • Poor gas mileage
  • Subpar interior materials
  • LE has luxury-brand pricing


  • Rugged exterior style
  • Strong, flexible V-6 powertrain
  • Perhaps the best Toyota truck interior
  • Useful off-road electronics (Trail)
  • Excellent visibility


  • Choppy highway ride (SR5)
  • Small third-row seat
  • Disappointing cargo space
  • Nearly as heavy as a full-size ute
  • Trail and Limited models can be pricey
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