Electronic stability control is standard in the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder, and side impact and side curtain airbags are standard.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the Nissan Pathfinder a "good" rating, the Institute's highest, for frontal offset and side impacts, but the Pathfinder scores a very worrisome 'marginal' in both the seat-based rear-impact (whiplash) test and its new roof-strength (rollover) test. The Nissan Pathfinder hasn't yet been crash-tested by the federal government, but in the previous test methods it receiving four-star ratings for frontal impact and top five-star ratings for side impact. The IIHS also awards the Pathfinder top "good" ratings for frontal and side impact, but "marginal" in rear impact protection as well as the new roof-strength protection
In addition to the Pathfinder's on-road safety features, it includes some off-road ones as well. Hill descent control and hill start assist help maintain control on steep slopes in the SE Off-Road model.
As is the case for many tall SUVs, visibility can be an issue in the Pathfinder—especially when backing up. But with 2011, all Pathfinders above the base S now come with a rearview camera system.