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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Progressive design that is both stylish and rugged
Kelley Blue Book
Resembles the Armada and Xterra more than its previous years
The Auto Channel
Dash and center console have been revised for easier use
The last fully redesigned Nissan Pathfinder debuted in the 2005 model year, and for Nissan, 2008 brings "new exterior front-and-rear styling and wheel designs," according to The Auto Channel. The interior has also been restyled, and while the Nissan Pathfinder's age shows in some places, it's still an attractive vehicle overall.
The exterior of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder scores fairly well in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. While Edmunds writes that the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder "comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SE Off-Road, and LE," there aren't a lot of exterior differences among them, aside from the "exclusive off-road shocks and tires" and "skid plates" on the SE Off-Road. Edmunds also notes "its body is far larger than past models," which is part of Nissan's effort to make the Pathfinder "suitable for mainstream multiple passenger transport." Cars.com is disappointed to find that "the most unusual feature of the side view--the rear door handles mounted vertically and higher than the front door handles--hasn't changed," as those handles are placed such that "kids can't reach them." Other than that gripe, however, most reviewers side with Kelley Blue Book, which says that the Nissan Pathfinder boasts a "rugged, purposeful exterior befitting the vehicle's lineage and ability." Kelley Blue Book informs those not familiar with the Nissan lineup that "the new front end mimics other Nissan models such as the Armada and Frontier, tying in a familial theme."
Inside the Nissan 2008 Pathfinder's rugged exterior is a functional cabin, though Cars.com says it "isn't the prettiest around." ConsumerGuide praises the Nissan Pathfinder for its "well-placed gauges with user-friendly controls," and they approve of the fact that while "the available navigation system takes time to learn," it "doesn't absorb audio or climate functions--a plus." Other revamped interior touches include what Autoblog calls a "classier-looking rounded" shifter in the center console that replaces the "squared-off" unit on previous Nissan Pathfinders.
For better or worse, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder looks like the rest of Nissan's large SUVs.