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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
step-in is lofty
cabin is able to swallow lengthy cargo
Kelley Blue Book
revised interior that includes a richer-looking center console
Car and Driver
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is reasonably comfortable, but the interior comes across as cheap, even if it looks good from a distance.
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is a "seven-passenger midsize SUV," but its dimensions tend toward the large side of its class. Edmunds also finds that "the front seats are very comfortable" on the upper trim levels, but on all Nissan Pathfinders, "the rear falls short on room for both feet and shoulders." Furthermore, "only kids will fit in the third row, and younger ones might have trouble entering the cabin to begin with," thanks to a high step-in on the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder. Overall, there is "ample legroom and headroom for most occupants" up front, according to ConsumerGuide, but "step-in is lofty." In the middle seats, ConsumerGuide says to expect "good 2nd-row headroom, even beneath the sunroof housing, but legroom is tight for tall riders."
While the dimensions of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder don't afford a tremendous amount of passenger room in the rear seats, it does allow for exceptional cargo room. In the rear, many reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, including the one at Kelley Blue Book, mention that "the Pathfinder's third-row folds completely into the floor, and center and third-row seats fold flat without requiring removal of the head restraints." With both seats folded, the Pathfinder offers "a 79-cubic-foot cargo hold -- about average for the class," says Edmunds. Cars.com finds that cabin storage consists of "two glove boxes, one above the other beneath the passenger side frontal airbag module," along with "the obligatory bottle and cup holders" that appear "in sufficient quantity." There's a rather large storage area hidden away under the second-row seats and a handy small storage area inside the back door. A 200-pound-capacity roof rack is standard on the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder, including a handle to help in step-up and loading.
Materials and assembly quality have plagued a number of Nissan's larger vehicles of late, and some reviewers feel that the Nissan 2009 Pathfinder faces similar problems. ConsumerGuide says that the "LE's wood-tone trim lends a classier look," but the overall buzz is less positive. Cars.com states that the interior "isn't the prettiest around," and ConsumerGuide contends that the "mostly hard plastic" found throughout much of the cabin "imparts a low-budget ambiance."
When it comes to a quiet ride, the Nissan Pathfinder is probably not the first place you should look, especially in SE Off-Road trim. ConsumerGuide testers find that while the Nissan Pathfinder is "quiet for a truck in gentle cruising," the "wind rush rises markedly with speed." Furthermore, they say the "V6 sounds coarse and strained at full throttle," and the "SE Off-Road's all-terrain tires are quite noisy, much more so than the regular treads."
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is spacious for both passengers and cargo, but fit and finish are subpar.