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As the SUV market continues to fragment and crossovers take over an ever-increasing portion of the market, the traditional body-on-frame SUV lives on. In the case of the new Pathfinder, it lives on in more serious truck abilities. At the same time, SUVs that still offer trucklike hauling and off-road ability are also getting more road-friendly.

At first glance, it’s easy to mistake the Pathfinder for its big brother the Armada, especially if you don’t have an Armada next to it. The lines and proportions are very similar on the outside. Pathfinder gets the same upright, “angle-strut” grille as the rest of the recent Nissan truck family, but in back, there’s a slightly minivan-like chiseled look with taillights at the side. In keeping with Nissan SUV tradition, door handles for the back doors are at the back of the doors, halfway up. There’s no particular advantage of this setup, but it makes for more clean, uninterrupted sheetmetal.

Moving in the opposite direction of most SUVs, the Pathfinder gives up its unit-body construction in favor of a fully boxed light-truck ladder frame setup that’s basically a shortened version of the Armada/Titan/QX56 platform, called F-Alpha. But, as handling is never a strong suit for body-on-frame utes, the Pathfinder goes to a modern (for light trucks) double-wishbone setup front and back, with coil-over shocks in front and an offset spring-and-shock configuration in the back, plus stabilizer bars front and back.

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September 11, 2016
2016 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV

Worst car I've ever owned

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So I got the 2016 Pathfinder back in April because my car was toltaled in an accident and wanted something a little bigger. Haven't had the Pathfinder 5 months yet and i get the tire pressure warning. Ok, i... + More »
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May 28, 2016
2015 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL

Great family hauler with good power to tow.

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Comfortable family hauler that can tow 5000 pounds. Good acceleration but could use improvement in the handling department. Great around camera system. Excellent 3rd row seat even for adults.
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March 19, 2016
2015 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL

ST L Pathfinder 2015 is Excellent car

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ST L Pathfinder 2015 is Excellent car. I had Toyota Kluger (Altitude) but sold for some reason. Then i purchase Nissan pathfinder ST-L 2015 in February 2016. When i compare Kluger 2013 with Pathfinder 2015, I... + More »
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