2008 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$26,980-$39,980
$25,283-$37,024
13 /CITY / 19 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • Ride height lowered 15 mm

  • Standard Sirius satellite radio

  • Automatic climate control no longer available
Overview
Volkwagen introduced the first GTI in America in 1983. A modified Rabbit with a fuel-injected engine and stiffened suspension, the GTI was the original \"hot hatch\" and the car that kicked off the sport-compact craze, according to VW. The latest iteration of the GTI, based on VW's new \"A5\" platform, made its debut in 2006 in 2-door form; a 4-door version joined the lineup in 2007. For 2008, Volkswagen has lowered the GTI's suspension by about two-thirds of an inch, giving the car an even sportier look.

Model Lineup
Both 2- and 4-door versions of the 2008 Volkswagen GTI come in a single trim level with power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; trip computer; 10-speaker stereo with 6-disc CD changer; Xenon headlights; alloy wheels; and cruise control. Options include summer tires, an iPod adapter, and a new Autobahn package, which bundles a sunroof; leather sport seats; leatherette door trim inserts; premium sound system; and heated washer nozzles. For 2008, the navigation system is only available as an add-on to the Autobahn package.

Powertrain
The 2008 GTI is powered by Volkswagen's 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with FSI direct fuel injection. Power output is 200 hp at 5100-6000 rpm and 207 lb.-ft. at 1800-5000 rpm. The GTI is offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission, the latter offering both manual and automatic shifting modes; EPA fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the manual transmission, 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the DSG transmission.

Safety
All 2008 Volkswgen GTIs come with dual front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two-row side curtain air bags; anti-lock brakes; and electronic stability control. Rear-seat-mounted side air bags are offered as an option on the 4-door GTI. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-tested the 4-door GTI and awarded it 4 out of 5 stars for frontal crash protection and 5 stars for side impact; the rollover rating was 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not crash-tested a GTI; however they did test the structurally-similar Jetta and awarded it their best-possible \"Good\" rating for both front and side impacts.

Technology
The DSG (a.k.a. twin-clutch transmission) is Volkswagen's answer to the high-performance automatic transmission. It is similar in theory to a sequential manual transmission (essentially a fully-automated manual transmission) but eliminates the lag between shifting by employing two separate 3-speed gearboxes linked by a clutch. Instead of shifting gears, the transmission pre-selects the next likely gear on the alternate gearbox, then uses the clutch to switch between gearboxes for a near-instant gear change. DSG allows for fully automatic operation or manual shifting via the gear selector or steering-wheel-mounted paddles, and because it uses a mechanical clutch rather than a hydraulic torque converter it does not suffer from power loss like a traditional automatic, Volkswagen says. DSG is the first transmission of its kind available in a production car, and several other automakers, including Mitsubishi and Nissan, will be launching their own twin-clutch gearboxes in the near future.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Ride height lowered 15 mm

  • Standard Sirius satellite radio

  • Automatic climate control no longer available
Overview
Volkwagen introduced the first GTI in America in 1983. A modified Rabbit with a fuel-injected engine and stiffened suspension, the GTI was the original \"hot hatch\" and the car that kicked off the sport-compact craze, according to VW. The latest iteration of the GTI, based on VW's new \"A5\" platform, made its debut in 2006 in 2-door form; a 4-door version joined the lineup in 2007. For 2008, Volkswagen has lowered the GTI's suspension by about two-thirds of an inch, giving the car an even sportier look.

Model Lineup
Both 2- and 4-door versions of the 2008 Volkswagen GTI come in a single trim level with power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; trip computer; 10-speaker stereo with 6-disc CD changer; Xenon headlights; alloy wheels; and cruise control. Options include summer tires, an iPod adapter, and a new Autobahn package, which bundles a sunroof; leather sport seats; leatherette door trim inserts; premium sound system; and heated washer nozzles. For 2008, the navigation system is only available as an add-on to the Autobahn package.

Powertrain
The 2008 GTI is powered by Volkswagen's 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with FSI direct fuel injection. Power output is 200 hp at 5100-6000 rpm and 207 lb.-ft. at 1800-5000 rpm. The GTI is offered with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission, the latter offering both manual and automatic shifting modes; EPA fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the manual transmission, 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with the DSG transmission.

Safety
All 2008 Volkswgen GTIs come with dual front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two-row side curtain air bags; anti-lock brakes; and electronic stability control. Rear-seat-mounted side air bags are offered as an option on the 4-door GTI. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-tested the 4-door GTI and awarded it 4 out of 5 stars for frontal crash protection and 5 stars for side impact; the rollover rating was 4 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not crash-tested a GTI; however they did test the structurally-similar Jetta and awarded it their best-possible \"Good\" rating for both front and side impacts.

Technology
The DSG (a.k.a. twin-clutch transmission) is Volkswagen's answer to the high-performance automatic transmission. It is similar in theory to a sequential manual transmission (essentially a fully-automated manual transmission) but eliminates the lag between shifting by employing two separate 3-speed gearboxes linked by a clutch. Instead of shifting gears, the transmission pre-selects the next likely gear on the alternate gearbox, then uses the clutch to switch between gearboxes for a near-instant gear change. DSG allows for fully automatic operation or manual shifting via the gear selector or steering-wheel-mounted paddles, and because it uses a mechanical clutch rather than a hydraulic torque converter it does not suffer from power loss like a traditional automatic, Volkswagen says. DSG is the first transmission of its kind available in a production car, and several other automakers, including Mitsubishi and Nissan, will be launching their own twin-clutch gearboxes in the near future.
Available Trims for the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name S (2WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26980.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
Name SE (2WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30280.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
Name SE (2WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31880.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
Name LE (2WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 36080.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/22
Name LE (2WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37780.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
Name S (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28980.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name SE (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32280.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name SE (4WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34130.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
Name SE Off Road (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35180.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name LE (4WD 4dr V6) Transmission Automatic MSRP 38280.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name LE (4WD 4dr V8) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39980.00 Engine 5.6L/339 City/Hwy MPG 12/18
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INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way manual driver seat w/manual lumbar, 4-way manual front passenger seat, adjustable active head restraints
  • 2nd row 40/20/40 fold-flat bench seat w/adjustable head restraints
  • 3rd row 50/50 fold-flat split bench seat
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise controls
  • Tilt steering column
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Security alarm system
  • Trip computer
  • Tire pressure monitor system
  • Pwr windows w/front window auto up/down & safety reverse
  • Pwr door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Delayed accessory pwr
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Front air conditioning
  • Rear center console vent
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • Dual front/rear cup holders
  • 12-volt DC pwr outlets in front dash, console & cargo area
  • Overhead console w/sunglass storage
  • Visors w/extenders & vanity mirrors
  • Driver seatback pocket
  • Cargo area under-floor storage
  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar, 4-way manual front passenger seat, adjustable active head restraints
  • Fold-flat passenger seat
  • 2nd row fold-down center armrest
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Pwr adjustable pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/mounted audio & cruise controls
  • Rearview back-up camera
  • 7" color display
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD changer & MP3 capability-inc: auxiliary audio input jack, (6) speakers
  • Satellite radio capability
  • Front air conditioning w/dual zone auto temp control
  • Rear reading lamps
  • Easy clean cargo floor
  • Cargo net
  • Front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat w/manual lumbar, 4-way pwr front passenger seat, driver seat memory, adjustable active head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather seating surfaces (1st & 2nd rows)
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Leather-wrapped heated steering wheel w/mounted audio & cruise controls
  • HomeLink universal transceiver
  • Bose AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer & MP3 capability-inc: (10) speakers w/subwoofer, auxiliary audio input jack
  • XM satellite radio-inc: receiver & antenna
  • Wood-tone trim
EXTERIOR
  • Roof rails
  • Body-color bumpers & fender flares
  • Mesh grille w/chrome surround
  • Black pwr mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Flip-up liftgate window
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window fixed intermittent wiper
  • Body-color door handles
  • Splash guards
  • Roof rails w/cross bars
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-color pwr mirrors
  • Running boards
  • Speed-sensitive variable windshield wipers
  • Body side molding w/chrome accents
  • Pwr tilt/sliding glass moonroof
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Body-color pwr heated mirrors w/memory
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)
  • Brake-activated limited slip (ABLS)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 110-amp alternator
  • Tow receiver hitch
  • 4-pin trailer harness connector
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Independent double wishbone front/rear suspension
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P245/75R16 tires
  • Full size spare tire
  • 16" x 7" alloy wheels
  • Pwr speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel pwr disc brakes
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 130-amp alternator
  • Front tow hook
  • P265/65R17 OWL tires
  • 17" x 7.5" alloy wheels
  • 5.6L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • P265/60R18 BFGoodrich BSW tires
  • 18" x 8" machined polished alloy wheels
  • 17" x 7.5" machined polished alloy wheels
  • 4-wheel drive
  • XN all-mode 4WD w/2-speed transfer case
  • Hill descent control (HDC)
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Skid plates-inc: lower radiator, transfer case, oil pan, fuel tank
  • Bilstein shocks
  • P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail OWL tires
  • 16" x 7" off-road machined polished alloy wheels
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Driver & front passenger advanced dual stage airbags -inc: occupant sensor
    • 3-point front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters & height ajusters
    • 3-point rear outboard height adjustable seat belts
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Side door guard beams
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • First aid kit
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for all rows
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