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2011 Nissan Pathfinder Comfort & Quality

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Body-on-frame SUVs are typically not quite as good for passenger space as more modern car-based crossovers or minivans; but overall, the 2011 Pathfinder is quite passenger-friendly. There's a flat-fold passenger seat in front, a 40/20/40-split second row, and a 50/50-split third row.

The only real issue with the interior is that the seats themselves just aren't as comfortable as they could or should be—they're quite short in front, and skimpy padding all around means the Pathfinder isn't such a great long-distance choice. Also, the tall step up to get into the Pathfinder might be challenging for kids, pets, or grandparents. Speaking of kids, the third row is for kids only; it's just too tight, and hard to get into.

The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder is able to swallow up a large amount of gear, both on top of and inside the car. Both the second and third rows can fold down to the same level, enabling a long, flat cargo surface, and by stowing the front passenger seatback forward against the lower cushion, the Pathfinder can reach a cargo length of up to 10 feet. There's a large storage area hidden away under the second-row seats and a handy small storage area inside the backdoor, as well as a double glovebox. On the outside, a 200-pound-capacity roof rack is standard on the Pathfinder and includes a handle to help when loading.

The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder has a roomy interior, but don't expect soft crossover-wagon levels of smoothness and refinement.

As is the case with most truck-based SUVs, the Pathfinder's ride is firm and a bit choppy, and on rough pavement or tight, twisty roads, it's less settled than modern crossover designs. And while the interior is quite hushed from wind and road noise, you hear the engine far too much—even under light acceleration.

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