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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
revised interior that includes a richer-looking center console
Car and Driver
step-in is lofty
cabin is able to swallow lengthy cargo
Kelley Blue Book
The interior of the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is configured to make the most of the Pathfinder's space, with a flat-fold passenger seat in front, a 40/20/40-split second row, and a 50/50-split third row. 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. The only real issue with the interior is that seating isn't as comfortable as it could be in the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, thanks to the skimpy front seats. ConsumerGuide notes there is "ample legroom and headroom for most occupants" up front, 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." 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, Edmunds observes that "only kids will fit in the third row, and younger ones might have trouble entering the cabin to begin with"—again because of the high step-in.
Storage-wise, the 2010 Pathfinder is able to swallow up a large amount of gear, both on top of and inside the car. On the outside, a 200-pound-capacity roof rack is standard on the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, including a handle to help when loading. There is a large storage area hidden away under the second-row seats and a handy small storage area inside the backdoor. 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." A 200-pound-capacity roof rack is standard on the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder, including a handle to help with loading. 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."
While the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is reasonably comfortable to sit in, the interior comes across as cheap and more purposeful than luxurious. Like other larger Nissan vehicles of late, some materials and assembly quality issues seem to be present in the 2010 Pathfinder. ConsumerGuide thinks that the "mostly hard plastic" found throughout much of the cabin "imparts a low-budget ambiance," but the range-topping "LE's wood-tone trim lends a classier look."
The Pathfinder's ride is firm and a bit choppy, as you might expect from a truck-based SUV. It handles well, but on rough pavement or tight, twisty roads, it's less settled compared to nearly all modern crossover vehicles. With the exception of a fair amount of engine noise that can be heard in the cabin of either version, the Pathfinder's interior is quite refined and quiet.
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." They also say that the V-6 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."
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. ConsumerGuide also notes that "bumps and expansion joints can cause some bounce," and overall the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't offer a particularly comfortable ride.
Passengers and cargo will find ample room in the 2010 Pathfinder, though the cabin won't provide enough refinement for everyone.