2012 Nissan Pathfinder

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What's New for 2012:
- Navigation system now standard on LE trim

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is a rear-wheel drive (RWD) truck-based SUV, with seating for 7 passengers. The Pathfinder features optional 4-wheel drive (4WD), which, according to Nissan, is designed for rugged off-road use. The model is available in the base S trim, and in the SV, Silver, LE V6, and LE V8 trims. The base S trim has 16-inch wheels; the SV and Silver trims upgrade to 17-inch wheels; and the LE comes with 18-inch wheels. All trims feature a tow hitch, and, with proper equipment, towing capacity is 7,000 pounds. Other exterior features include roof rack rails, running boards, automatic headlights, and fog lights as standard on all but the S trim. The Silver trim adds special exterior styling touches and heated mirrors, while the LE features roof rack crossbars.

Interior Features
The Nissan Pathfinder S trim includes cloth upholstery, air conditioning, 6-speaker sound system, and some power accessories. The SV adds dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, more power features, upgraded sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a rearview camera. The Silver trim steps up to leather upholstery, heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and additional power adjustments. The LE trims provide a navigation system and woodgrain trim.

Optional Features
Nissan offers a sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system as options on the Pathfinder. Some upper-trim features are optional on lower trims.

Under the Hood
The Nissan Pathfinder's standard engine is a 4.0-liter V-6 model rated at 266 horsepower. The LE V8 is fitted with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 310 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Pathfinders. The available 4WD is of the full-time variety with the V-8 engine and part-time with the V-6.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder are:
- Pathfinder with V-6 engine and 2WD: 15/22/17 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Pathfinder with V-6 engine and 4WD: 14/20/16 mpg
- Pathfinder with V-8 engine: 13/18/14 mpg

Safety features on the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags. Other features are optional.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Nissan Pathfinder received 3 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Pathfinder received \"Good\" ratings--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and a \"Marginal\" rating for roof strength.


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