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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact with side airbags; "marginal," side impact without side airbags
Four stars, front impact protection; five stars, side impact protection; three stars, rollover rating
Virtually all sport-utility vehicles now come with an array of safety features aimed at protecting occupants and preventing accidents in the first place, and the 2010 Pathfinder is no exception. Electronic stability control is standard, and side impact and side curtain airbags are standard for 2010.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the Nissan Pathfinder a "good" rating, the Institute's highest, for frontal offset impacts. They also bestow upon the Nissan Pathfinder a "good" rating for side impact protection, thanks to the standard side-impact airbags. However, the Pathfinder gets a "marginal" rating for rear-impact protection.
The federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards the Nissan Pathfinder four out of a possible five stars for front impact protection and a full five stars for side impact protection. Less appealing is the Nissan Pathfinder's three-star rollover rating, but a weak rollover score is not uncommon among SUVs.
In addition to generally good crash-test ratings, the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder comes equipped with a generous list of safety features. Edmunds reviewers report that every “Nissan Pathfinder comes with antilock brakes and stability control,” as well as side-impact airbags. Kelley Blue Book adds that a "tire pressure monitoring system" is standard on all Pathfinders, along with "hill descent control and hill start assist" on the SE Off-Road model. In reference to those SE Off-Road features, The Auto Channel says the "enhanced technology in itself" makes for "a safe off-road system."
When it comes to visibility, ConsumerGuide notes it's "impeded by [the] thick roof pillars, rear windshield wiper, and rear stop lamp." Edmunds says the backup camera that comes standard on all but the base S trims will mitigate that somewhat.
Strong crash-test results and lots of standard safety features give the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder great safety credentials.