• Feb 1, 2007


The '08 Pathfinder's schnoz gets a smoothed-our grille and more pronounced below-the-bumper opening, but the big story is what can now be found behind the SUV's new face. Joining the familiar V6 is an optional 5.6L V8 that delivers 300 horsepower and a message to the domestics that Nissan's looking to swipe some of their V8 SUV customers. Count us as fans of those new 12-spoke wheels, too.

Inside, a reshaped center stack is home to the all new switchgear, including the same audio and climate controls found in the Armada. Navigation and a hard drive-based entertainment system are available as options, and you might notice that Nissan has ditched its squared-off shifter for a classier-looking rounded unit. Check it out after the jump.

We got an inkling that something new was coming for the Pathfinder when we saw a disguised one on the highway as we made our pre-dawn drive into Detroit proper for day 2 of NAIAS. While the changes are subtle, they look to be well-executed inside and out.

[Source: Kicking Tires]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Exterior styling on large SUVs is getting pretty bland lately. Although it is a little better looking than the Yukon and a lot better looking than the Durango.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am loving the improved interior.

      My finace will be up for a new car son, adn she loves the Pathfinder but the center stack was bothering her, but now that wont be a big deal as it seems to have gotten a great treatment.
      The v8 might even be the better choice as we plan on a boat in the coming years, so the 5.6L will be just perfect.

      way better than the 4runner/exporer/Trailblazer/Pilot
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if the Maxima will receive the same treatment...would make sense, and would finally differentiate the Maxima from the Altima. Of course it would be best if it was rear wheel drive...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That still wouldn't be short enough, VQ40 & ZF 6 speed auto.
      3.538 for 4x2, 3.692 for the 4x4, and 4.083 for the SE off-road (oversized tires)
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks nice I just hope it has a better feel inside. The current one feels a bit cheap.

      Rob
      http://www.autoshortlist.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      This V8 will provide a lot more low-end grunt than Acura's six. Have they released the towing capacity? The move makes sense to me.

      Biggest problem with the Pathfinder is it's a bit tight in the second and especially in the third row. Still, it's a better buy than the Xterra, which offers less room and less refinement for not much less money (prices can be compared at http://www.truedelta.com).

      My review of the Pathfinder:

      http://www.epinions.com/content_169462828676

      • 8 Years Ago
      Forgot to mention that the revised interior looks much better. Good riddance to the hollow-feeling HVAC knobs that Nissan put in most of its products in recent years.

      The black color helps. Dark is always the way to go when the materials aren't the best.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm about to become the type of person I hate for saying this, but it looks like a Nitro (with Nissan headlight/grill treatment, or course).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Agreed...I'm afraid that ugly steering wheel is the representative icon of Nissan interiors today. I had an 04 Maxima, good car over all, but damn that interior was fugly.

      I do like the exterior freshening and I also agree, I'd keep the VQ. That V8 puts up some of the worst mileage numbers anywhere when dropping in the Armada and Infiniti version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Despite fuel costs and poor mileage, the domestics all offer V8's and to some customers thats enough to sway their decision. The V6's are still there. To me it seems like this is greatly improved. That previous center stack was weak.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am loving the improved interior.

      My finace will be up for a new car son, adn she loves the Pathfinder but the center stack was bothering her, but now that wont be a big deal as it seems to have gotten a great treatment.
      The v8 might even be the better choice as we plan on a boat in the coming years, so the 5.6L will be just perfect.

      way better than the 4runner/exporer/Trailblazer/Pilot
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hahah...
      I actually like the steering wheel. Not as much as I like the one in the new 07 Altima, but I don't think it's FUGLY, by any means. Although, fugly is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
      The V8 is ESSENTIAL, as Nissan is all about the LOW end torque. The V6, as it is w/ Acura, would be whining heavily while towing 7500 lbs. Honda's engines rev higher than most, I'd say. Not a good comparison, Acura to Nissan.
      I'm a bit disappointed that Nissan did not lengthen this ride just a bit to give more room in the 2nd & 3rd rows. The Pathfinder should be a bit wider, too IMO. But who am I to say?
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