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STYLING | 7 out of 10
progressive design that is both stylish and rugged
Kelley Blue Book
the most unusual feature of the side view—the rear door handles mounted vertically and higher than the front door handles—hasn't changed" Edmunds: "dash and center console have been revised for easier use
Experts at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder offers acceptable styling both inside and out.
The exterior of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder scores fairly well. 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." Though Edmunds states that the 2009 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."
Inside the Nissan 2009 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."
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is nicely styled on the exterior, though some reviewers quibble over details.