2021 Nissan Pathfinder

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Updated on: May 15, 2021

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Nissan confirmed continuing with the fourth generation iteration of the Pathfinder for the 2021 model year and unveiled a teaser video of the upcoming 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, which is expected to be launched later this year. Last redesigned in 2013, Pathfinder will come completely new for 2022, with a rugged exterior, a bit more towing capacity, and more off-road ability. However, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder comes unchanged in comparison to the outgoing 2020 Pathfinder, and hence retains the same 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 motor mated to the CVT automatic transmission putting out 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. The towing capacity of 6,000 lbs and the 0-60 mph time of 7 seconds is also identical.

Available for sale at a base selling price of $31,680, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder comes in six trim configurations and gets the optional 4WD as well with all the trims, for an additional $1,700. The 2021 Pathfinder also gets 8 exterior color palettes and three interior colors, to make it stand out from the competitors like the 2021 Ford Explorer, the 2021 GMC Acadia, and the 2021 Mazda CX-9. With identical interior and exterior design coupled with no added safety and driver-assistance features in comparison to the 2020 model, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder can also be had for a lease price of $512 per month with a down payment of $2,600 for a 36-month term. In this in-depth review, we will find out how well the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder stacks up against the rivals.


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Pros

Good towing capacity

Easy to access third row seat

Automatic emergency braking system and rear parking sensors now standard

V6 engine is powerful and fuel efficient

Fuel Economy upto 27 mpg

Cons

Less cargo space than rivals

Not as many active safety systems as rivals

No Apple Car play and Android Auto

What's New?

Minor changes to 2021 Pathfinder adds more standard features


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31980

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

suspension front

Strut suspension

suspension rear

Multi-Link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.2 in.

length

198.5 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4227 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

137.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1699 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S $31,980 onwards

284 hp @ 6400 rpm | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • 12V Power Outlet
  • 3 Zone Automatic Temperature Control
  • 6-way Adjustable Driver Seat
  • Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

SV $34,470 onwards

2 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirrors
  • Intelligent Cruise Control
  • Leather Wrapped Shift Knob
  • LED Fog Lights
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Remote Engine Start System

SV Rock Creek Edition $35,465 onwards

2L | V6 | Regular unleaded

  • Active Blind Spot
  • Black Door & Tailgate Handles
  • Leather-Appointed Front Seats
  • Outside Mirrors Memory

SL $38,090 onwards

V6 | Regular unleaded

  • 10-way Driver's Seat Adjustment w/ 2-way Power Lumbar Support
  • Door Handle Welcome Lights (Pocket Lights)
  • Heated Seat
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor
  • Motion Activated Liftgate

SL Rock Creek Edition $39,085 onwards

V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Black Front Grille w/ Sport Mesh Insert
  • Black Outside Mirrors
  • Nissan Connect Navigation w/ Voice Activation
  • Premium Metallic Rock Creek Edition Interior Trim
  • Rock Creek Edition Black Badging

Platinum $42,920 onwards

V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Bose Premium Audio
  • Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof
  • Perforated Leather Appoint Seats
  • Telescoping Steering Wheel
  • Vinyl Steering Wheel w/ Audio Controls
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Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Pathfinder in Bright Silver Metallic color 2021 Nissan Pathfinder in Glacier White color 2021 Nissan Pathfinder in Magnetic Black Pearl color 2021 Nissan Pathfinder in Gun Metallic color 2021 Nissan Pathfinder in Pearl White TriCoat color
Bright Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.5

Exterior

6.9

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.0

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


Capable and roomy, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder makes a decent choice for families seeking three-row utility and impressive towing capacity. - Edmunds.com

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder remains identical to the outgoing 2020 Pathfinder and hence retains the same 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 motor putting out 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. This motor comes mated to a CVT automatic and the power is put down through the FWD drivetrain as standard or an optional 4WD system. For this 2021 iteration, Nissan has not included any changes to the interior and exterior design as well and hence retains the same dimensions of the 2020 Pathfinder. However, all the features like the tri-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, heated and powered seats, 18" alloy wheels, etc are offered as standard. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 is also available as standard, offering many driver-assistance features like forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, etc.

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is offered for sale at a base selling price of $31,680 for the S trim and the price goes all the way to $44,610 for the top-of-the-line Platinum trim with 4WD, which is less than what its rival the 2021 Acadia comes at. Available in six trim configurations, the 2021 Pathfinder can also be had for a lease price of $512 per month with a down payment of $2,600. This is for the base S trim with the optional 4WD system and the prices would be higher for the higher trim levels. If you wish to finance your ride, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is a decent proposition due to the low $501 per month payment for a 60-month term. This is for an estimated APR of 0.9% with a down payment of $2,050. With a 5-year cost of ownership of $52,249 and an estimated miles per dollar ratio of 8.29, the 2021 Pathfinder also turned out to be one of the most reliable of the segment, which can also be noted from the JD Power overall consumer rating of 82 out of 100.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder front view
2021 Nissan Pathfinder rear view

7.0/10
Pricing and Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

6.5/10
Interior

6.9/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing and Features

7.0/10

The Rock Creek edition adds tougher looking exterior elements but doesn’t much change the Pathfinder’s mission as a mainstream crossover.- Thecarconnection.com

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will come in six trims, much like its outgoing model, all equipped with a V6 powertrain and updated standard equipment. Ranging from an MSRP of $31,680 to $44,610, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder trim levels include - S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Along with these trims, the Rock Creek Edition is available on two Pathfinder variants - the SL and the SV. Since the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder comes with no changes in comparison to the outgoing 2020 model, it still retains all the exterior features like 18" alloy wheels (20" alloy wheels for the Platinum trim), LED headlights with LED DRLs, powered liftgate, lip spoiler, roof racks, and many more.

The interior design and features list see no changes too, retaining the tri-zone automatic climate control, 8" touchscreen infotainment system, heated and powered seats, panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, and Bose premium audio system. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard across the trim levels too, offering driver-assistance features like forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and many more as standard.

Model

S

SV

SV Rock Creek Edition 

SL 

SL Rock Creek Edition 

Platinum 

MSRP (2WD)

$31,980

$34,470

$35,465

$38,090

$39,085

$42,920

MSRP (4WD)

$33,370

$36,160

$37,155

$39,780

$40,775

$44,610

Key Features

18-inch aluminum alloy wheels

Adds/Upgrades to S- Adds/Upgrades to SV- Adds/Upgrades to SV Rock Creek Edition- Adds/Upgrades to SL- Adds/Upgrades to SL Rock Creek Edition-

 

Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Adds to the SV features

Driver’s seat & outside mirrors position memory

Most of SL features, plus 

Dual panel panoramic moonroof

 

Hill-start assist

Blindspot warning

Black Front Grille 

Motion-activated liftgate

Black Front Grille 

Steering wheel position memory

 

Six-way adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support

Rear cross-traffic alert

Black outside mirror 

Ten-way power-adjustable driver’s seat w/ power lumbar support

Black outside mirror 

Telescoping steering column

 

Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls

Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob

Black door handles

Heated seats and Heated steering wheel

Black door handles

Bose premium audio system 

 

Tri-zone automatic temperature control

Intelligent cruise control

Leather-appointed seats with cloth inserts and Rock Creek Edition badging

Nissan navigation system

Leather-appointed seats with cloth inserts and Rock Creek Edition badging

Perforated leather-appointed upholstery 

 

Two 12V power outlet

Three 12V power outlets

Premium Metallic Rock Creek Edition interior trim

Intelligent Around View monitor

Premium Metallic Rock Creek Edition interior trim

 

 

Automatic emergency braking

Fog lights

 

120V power outlet

   

 

LATCH system

Remote engine start

 

Welcome lighting

   

 

NissanConnect 8-in. touchscreen display

 

 

NissanConnectservices

 

 

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From all the six trim levels on offer with the 2021 Pathfinder, the SL trim, which is available for sale at a selling price of $38,090, turned out to be the best of the lot. It takes a turn to become modern with the navigation, motion-activated liftgate, and the Intelligent Around View monitor. Furthermore, many safety and driver-assistance features are offered with the Nissan Safety Shield 360, which comes as standard. Some of these driver-assistance features are forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. As a result, the SL trim is the most value-for-money trim of the lot.


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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

7.0/10

"The Pathfinder's V-6 engine can best be described as adequate." - Caranddriver.com

All 2021 Nissan Pathfinder uses a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine that produces a good 284 hp and 259 lb-ft torque. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder comes with a CVT automatic transmission and the power is put down through the standard FWD drivetrain setup. However, there is also an optional 4WD system on offer with all six trims. It costs an additional $1,700. For daily driving or the freeway journey, the 2021 Pathfinder's 284 hp V6 engine works smoothly with the Xtronic CVT. 

2021 Nissan Pathfinder engine

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder turned out to be one of the most comfortable rides of the lot, due to the soft suspension setup on offer. As a result, slow-speed city driving is quite effortless as it absorbs all the bumps and potholes with ease. The highway road manners are decent too, even though there is vertical movement. However, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is the exact opposite of a fun-to-drive SUV, due to high body roll and understeer, all of which are due to the soft suspension setup and high curb weight. Nevertheless, the 2021 Pathfinder can also tow up to 6,000 lbs, which is almost 1,000 lbs more than the rivals.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.0 sec

With a 284 hp V6 engine under the hood, the 2021 Pathfinder sprints from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 140 mph. Although its braking performance is not as impressive as its rivals, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder took 124 ft to come to a halt from a speed of 60-0 MPH. Coming with decently large 12.6" front rotors and 12" rear rotors, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder managed to do the 60-0 MPH braking test without feeling nervous. However, the rivals like the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Toyota Highlander did the same 60-0 MPH braking in a lower 114 feet and 116 feet, respectively. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder was also the heaviest of the lot, coming in with a curb weight of 4,427 lbs.

Models

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Ford Explorer 

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$31,980

$32,225

$34,810

$33,960

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

284 hp @ 6,400 rpm

290 hp @ 6,500 rpm

295 hp @ 6,600 rpm

227 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Torque 

259 lb-ft @4,800 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

0-60 MPH 

7.0 secs

7.7 secs

7.2 secs

7.1 secs

Quarter Mile 

16 secs 

16.3 secs

15.5 secs

15.5 secs

Top Speed 

140 MPH

143 MPH

112 MPH

130 MPH

Towing capacity

6,000 lbs 5,300 lbs 5,000 lbs 3,500 lbs

The power on the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is impressive enough, but it is the 2021 Toyota Highlander that leads the group with 295 hp. The 2021 Ford Explorer, even with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a higher torque, takes the highest time of 7.7 seconds in the 0-60 mph acceleration test. However, since the 2021 Ford Explorer has the highest horsepower and torque, it offers the best-in-class top speed of 143 MPH. Both the 2021 Toyota Highlander and the 2021 Mazda CX-9 manages to do the 0-60 mph test in a slightly higher 7.2 seconds and 7.1 seconds, respectively. However, the 2021 Pathfinder offers the most value for money here considering the decent power and best-in-class acceleration on offer.


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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

7.1/10

"Based on the EPA's metrics, both front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the Pathfinder sit near the top of the class."- Caranddriver.com

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder carries forward the same V6 powertrain as the outgoing 2020 model. Hence, it gets the same EPA fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That's a competitive gas mileage for the three-row SUV. Combined gas mileage of 24 MPG is also on offer.

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder offers decent MPG figures

The fuel tank capacity of 19.5 gallons in the 2021 Pathfinder allows it to travel almost 526.5 miles on the highway on a full tank of fuel. The 2021 Pathfinder can do 390 miles in the city and a combined range of 468 miles on the highway. The 2021 updates to the Nissan Pathfinder include a direct fuel ignition and a mirror bore cylinder coating to streamline the combustion process which reduces the engine weight. With these advancements, the car will certainly give a slightly superior tank range. 

Model

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Ford Explorer 

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

20

21

21

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

29

28

MPG (Combined)

24

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.5 

19.2 

17.9 

19.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

390 / 526.5 / 468 miles

409.5 / 546 / 468 miles

375.9 / 519.1 / 429.6 miles

418 / 532 / 456 miles

In contrast to its rivals, the MPG figures of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder are lower, but manage to come at par in terms of combined gas mileage. Furthermore, its fuel tank is also the largest of the lot. The 2021 Toyota Highlander offers the best highway fuel economy while the 2021 Mazda CX-9 returns the best city MPG figures. The 2021 Ford Explorer is also at par with the rest in terms of fuel economy.


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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

6.5/10

"There's nothing fancy about the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder's interior, but there's not a lot wrong with it either" - Carbuzz.com

For 2021, Nissan has retained the same interior of the outgoing 2020 model year. The 2021 Pathfinder's interior has always been comfortable and spacious, but it looks dated and lacked the luxury of rivals. With seating for seven, the three-row 2021 Pathfinder's S and SV trim come with cloth upholstery, while the SL and the Platinum trim levels upgrade it to leather and perforated leather upholstery. The interior colors are limited to Charcoal, Almond, and Rock Creek, where only Charcoal is available in the base model. The front row seats of the 2021 Pathfinder turned out to be quite spacious, due to best in class headroom and shoulder room. The seats also get heated and ventilated functions and are powered as well.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder rear seats

The second row is very comfortable too, with impressive legroom and shoulder room. The headroom is also the best of the segment. The third row is a bit cramped and the under-thigh support is mediocre. The second row can slide up to 5 inches forward, making lives easier in the third row. It also offers 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 47.4 cubic feet with the third row folded. Overall, the interior feels comfortable and there is a lot of room available. The higher than the average height of 70.6" and length of 198.5" helps the 2021 Pathfinder to come out as an excellent mid-size SUV in terms of space on offer.

Model

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Ford Explorer 

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

7

6

8

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.2 / 60.9 / 42.3

40.7 / 61.5 / 43.0

40.7 / 59.3 / 44.2

39.3 / 57.9 / 41.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4 / 60.4 / 41.7

38.9 / 57.6 / 31.9

35.9 / 55.0 / 27.7

35.4 / 53.1 / 29.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8 / 57.1 / 30.7

38.9 / 57.6 / 31.9

35.9 / 55.0 / 27.7

35.4 / 53.1 / 29.7
Cargo capacity (cu-ft.) 16.2 18.2 16.0 N/A

The third-row seats of the 2021 Pathfinder are cramped up, but it is better than its rivals with 30.7" of legroom on offer. The Head and shoulder room is also comparatively higher than the competitors. In comparison to the rivals, the 2021 Ford Explorer comes second in terms of space and the 2021 Toyota Highlander gets the third position. However, the 2021 Explorer turned out to be the best of the lot in terms of cargo capacity. The in-cabin entertainment of the 2021 Pathfinder is taken care of by 8.0" touchscreen infotainment powered by the NissanConnect. This infotainment system is very easily accessible and is fun to use, but the graphics look a decade behind the rivals. However, the features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities are still missing from Nissan's Pathfinder. 

2021 Nissan Pathfinder infotainment system

The main infotainment feature of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder would be its driver Assist display where tire pressure, blind-spot monitoring, and more can be seen and controlled. For connectivity, two 12-volt power outlets, Bluetooth, Aux, etc are offered as standard too. However, the rear-seat entertainment system is not an available option, unlike the more modern competitors. Onboard navigation and a 13-speaker Bose audio system are standard on the Platinum trim and optional on the SL trim as part of the SL Rock Creek Edition Premium package. The list of infotainment and interior features that the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will include:

  • 8" touchscreen infotainment system
  • NissanConeect infotainment software
  • Bose 13-speaker premium audio system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and powered seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • Nissan navigation system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Wireless headphone streaming
  • Six USB ports

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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

6.9/10

"The Pathfinder and its competitors such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander aren't going to swoon any supermodels or turn the heads of dedicated gearheads anytime soon" - Carbuzz.com

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder’s exterior offers a similar soft styling as the outgoing 2020 model. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder, which is available for sale at a base selling price of $31,670, retains the same handsome front view, with LED headlights coupled with LED DRLs, bulky bumpers with a large air dam, and a blacked-out grille with chrome bezels. The roof rails allow you to carry large luggage safely too. The impressive width and height of 77.3" and 70.6" make the 2021 Pathfinder a macho-looking mid-size SUV when viewed from the front.

The 2021 Pathfinder Rock Creek edition adds the ruggedness with a blacked-out grille, roof rails, door handles, and other aesthetics, plus a standard tow hitch and splash guards mostly covered in black accents. It is offered in 8 exterior colors to choose from. The side and rear view of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder are also carried forward from the outgoing 2020 Pathfinder and hence retains the same subtle body lines and the 20" alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55R20 all-season tires. Powered tailgate and integrated roof spoiler complete the design quite well. However, the wheelbase of 114.2" and the ground clearance of 7" makes it look less bulky than some of the rivals like the 2021 Ford Explorer and the 2021 Toyota Highlander, especially when viewed from the sides.

Model

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Ford Explorer 

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,427

4,345

4,145

4,225

Length (in)

198.5

198.8

194.9

199.4

Width (in)

77.3

78.9

75.8

77.5

Height (in)

70.6

70.0

68.1

69.0

Ground Clearance (in)

7.0

7.9

8.0

8.8

Wheelbase (in)

113.2

119.1

112.2

115.3

The ground clearance of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is relatively low in comparison to the rivals like the 2021 Mazda CX-9, which has 8.8" of ground clearance. The 2021 Ford Explorer has the highest wheelbase of 119", providing a greater balance and interior room. The 2021 Toyota Highlander also turned out to be much superior to the 2021 Pathfinder, in terms of ground clearance. Some of the notable exterior features of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder include:

  • LED DRLs
  • Intelligent auto LED headlights
  • Fog lamps
  • Roof rails
  • Body-colored rear spoiler
  • Gesture controlled liftgate
  • Front UV-reducing solar glass and Rear privacy glass
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Heated and powered side mirrors

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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

8.1/10

Entry-level models come with basic driver-assistance features, but opting for a more expensive version of Pathfinder adds a few extras to the mix.- Caranddriver.com

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder has not been crash-tested by the NHTSA or IIHS. Since the 2021 Pathfinder is a carryover model, it has similar underpinnings as the outgoing model. For reference, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder holds impressive safety scores to its credibility. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder received a five-star overall crash safety rating and four stars for side-impact and rollover crash test from the NHTSA, which is excellent. IIHS awarded the 2019 Pathfinder with its "Top Safety Pick" title too.

The standard safety and driver assistance features are covered under the Nissan Safety Shield 360 across all the 2021 Pathfinder trims. These include automatic emergency braking, tire pressure monitoring system, rear-view camera, parking sensors, airbags, LATCH, and front and rear crumple zones. The other advanced active safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts come standard too.


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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

7.0/10

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Vs 2021 Ford Explorer

The 2021 Ford Explorer, even with a smaller 2.3L inline-4 turbocharged engine, makes more power than the 2021 Pathfinder’s V6.  The MPG ratings are better with the 2021 Explorer and the ground clearance is higher in the 2021 Explorer by 1". Even though the 2021 Explorer offers a better quality interior, it can accommodate only 6 people. The 2021 Ford Explorer lags with a lower 0-60 mph acceleration and top speed too. Along with that, the towing capacity is also lower for the 2021 Explorer, which is 5,300 lbs.

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Vs 2021 Toyota Highlander

Both the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are leading in the mid-size SUV sales. The 2021 Toyota Highlander, which is available for a base selling price of $34,810, also offers more value, due to the inclusion of more modern tech and features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has a Hybrid variant that gives 36 mpg combined as well. The 2021 Highlander also provides a better 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque and can do the 0-60 MPH acceleration in just 7.2 seconds. However, in terms of interior space and towing capacity, the 2021 Pathfinder leads the pack.

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Vs 2021 Mazda CX-9

The 2021 Mazda CX-9 is the most fun to drive mid-size SUV of the segment, even though it is the least powerful moniker of the lot. The 0-60 mph time and quarter-mile time put out by the 2021 CX-9 is one of the best of the segment as well. Available for sale at a base MSRP of $33,890, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 is slightly more expensive than the 2021 Pathfinder. Hence, if you want a more spacious 8-seater SUV, the 2021 Pathfinder makes more sense. If not, the 2021 Mazda CX-9 trumps in most aspects.

2021 Mazda CX-9

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder, despite being the same as its predecessor, serves as a worthy prospect in its own way. With a perfectly comfortable interior for large families and the best towing capacity in the business, the 2021 Pathfinder ticks most of the boxes for a comfortable and dependable SUV. The looks are not too outdated, and it packs a lot of features, both in terms of interior and safety, in the price it demands. A reliable moniker in a crowd of many, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will definitely be worth your time and money!


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Which are the competitors of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder?

The mid-size crossover SUV segment is loaded with versatile options. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder's competitors include the 2021 Kia Telluride, 2021 Ford Explorer, 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, 2021 Honda Pilot, 2021 Toyota Highlander, 2021 Buick Enclave, 2021 Mazda CX-9, and many more. Most of the rivals offer modern tech and features for a similar price point too.

Do the 2021 Nissan Pathfinders have transmission problems?

The current-gen Pathfinder has a good transmission setup, but the 2005-2007 Pathfinder had a defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission problems. The Nissan Pathfinder's Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500 for the said problem.

Does the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder's Rock Creek Edition add to the performance and Towing?

No, the Rock Creek Edition only adds unique aesthetics inside-out. The 2021 Pathfinder's Rock Creek trim adds a black grille, roof rails, door handles, and other aesthetics, plus a standard tow hitch and splash guards. 

How much can the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder tow?

The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is able to tow up to 6,000 lbs, which is a pretty respectable number and well above the segment average.

Can I lease the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder?

Yes, you can lease the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder S trim for an affordable payment scheme of $512 per month for a period of 36 months. However, the prices would be higher for the higher trim levels.

2021 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.6

based on 92 ratings


7.6/10 Features
7.6/10 Interiors
7.7/10 Design
7.7/10 Safety
7.7/10 Reliability
7.7/10 Deal Value

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2021 Nissan Pathfinder Overall Reviews


BJ

Beverly J. Juarez

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 4, 2021

Can’t believe it's a Nissan

Pros - The engine is smooth, handling is good, appearance or styling is modern

Cons - Depreciation

Why Nissan, why? Pathfinder is a good family hauler, to say the least. It has more than ample amount of space and can haul and tow without an issue. The ride is smooth and free of any bumps. On top of that, Pathfinder is spacious and comfortable, has big windows because of which the cabin feels airy! The seats are comfortable and have good back and thigh support. The design is Simple and Elegant! The only issue I can think of is the depreciation. I read that Pathfinder loses value quickly as compared to some of its rivals. Not the first time I was there. Staff at Garvey Nissan have always been polite and professional and they know how to respect customers.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
7/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

AH

Andrea E. Heider

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 29, 2021

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

Pros - Powerful drive, build quality is amazing, cabin space is excellent

Cons - No cons

More Than Just a regular Crossover It is very big in size, its strength is great. Build quality is more then just good. It is the car I should have owned long before that's how I felt when I took t out of the store. It is very comfortable, even for tall people the space is more then enough. It will retain the value its made of, its worth buying that's for sure. I don't know about previous year models but this one really is good.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

PJ

Patrick K. Joe

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

Good

Pros - Spacious, great gas mileage, infotainment

Cons - Misses 360 camera, mild cabin noise

I was very pleased with this purchase. Cause I have always had a Chevy and never knew how nice a Nissan could be. Very stable and very well behaved even at good speeds. Which is impressive, to say the least, especially for a vehicle of this size. The navigation system The cabin is mildly noisy. Apart from this, the interior is pretty good. It is roomy and has comfy seats. When in the passenger seat, it's easy to take a little nap. The seats are supportive too so you don feel tired even on long trips. Pathfinder is a really attractive vehicle, at least I find it very attractive. My Pathfinder is very safe and has the highest safety rating. Very reliable! it starts even when the temperature is 2 degrees and warms up fast. Very safe in the snow and in Got a good deal so I? happy with what I paid. rain.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

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User Overall Rating

Can’t believe it's a Nissan

Why Nissan, why?

by Beverly J. Juarez

9

User Overall Rating

2021 Nissan Pathfinder

More Than Just a regular Crossover

by Andrea E. Heider

8

User Overall Rating

Good

I was very pleased with this purchase. Cause I have always had a Chevy and never knew how nice a Nissan could be.

by Patrick K. Joe

9

User Overall Rating

A bit pricey

It was and is a Good purchase!

by Earl I. Burgess

6

User Overall Rating

Nissan has seen better days

I would not buy it again if given the chance.

by Frances D. Tom

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