/img/research/mi/printable/printable-atc-logo.png http://images.autotrader.com/scaler/600/450/pictures/model_info/Images_Fleet_US_EN/All/12271.jpg

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

4WD 4dr V6 LE

Starting at | Starting at 14 MPG City - 20 MPG Highway

/img/research/mi/printable/rating-0.png 0

Avg. consumer rating

Rate & Review
Find It Near You

Prices & Offers

Please enter your ZIP code to see local prices, special offers and listings near you.

  • Average Retail is not available
  • $38,510 original MSRP
HERE
Printable Version

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

With a sturdy fully boxed frame and 4-wheel drive, combined with a 4-wheel independent suspension, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder offers a good combination of serious towing, hauling, and off-roading ability while providing a competent and comfortable ride on-road. And, with the same big V8 as the full-size Armada, the mid-size Pathfinder becomes both quicker and more capable, with towing capacity now up to 7,000 pounds.

What's new for 2009?

After its make-over last year, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder sees only minor modifications. For 2009 the Pathfinder gets more standard airbags, two new additions to the exterior color palette and a few alterations in equipment availability.

Model Strengths

  • Well appointed, roomy interior
  • off-road and towing ability
  • V8 power.

Model Review

The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in S, SE and LE variants, and each are available with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. SE and LE models come with a choice of a 4.0L V6 engine rated at 266 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, or a 5.6L V8 making 300 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

Printable Version

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

Display:
Select:

2009 Nissan Pathfinder

Source: The Car Connection

Experts at TheCarConnection.com have scoured the Web to bring you an inclusive review of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder, presenting some of the most useful pieces of advice to one place. Editors have also driven the Pathfinder and offer their overall impressions and to give you the most shopping information.

Nissan's mid-size, truck-based Pathfinder is a comfortable, luxurious SUV for those who need traditional truck ruggedness, either for off-roading or heavy towing.

The Pathfinder can be equipped with a V-6 or a V-8; both engines are available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. The standard 266-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 provides adequate power for most types of driving and gets significantly better fuel economy, yet still offers a tow capacity of up to 6,000 pounds. A 310-horsepower V-8 ramps up the torque and allows the truck to pull up to 7,000 pounds. With the V-8 and four-wheel drive, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is rated a dismal 12 mpg for city driving.

The Pathfinder's suspension doesn't have the wheel articulation needed for more precarious boulder-scrambling. Other than that, however, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder has the toughness, along with short overhangs and good ground clearance, for off-roading, and its four-wheel-drive system has an electronically controlled transfer case with a separate low range and auto mode that switches to four-wheel mode once slip occurs. The system is aided by electronics such as Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, which help maintain traction when off-roading.

A 200-pound-capacity roof rack is standard on the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder, including a handle to help in step-up and loading. The interior is configured to make the most of the Pathfinder's space, with a flat-fold passenger seat in front, a 40/20/40-split second row, and a 50/50-split third row. Both the second and third rows can fold down to the same level, enabling a long, flat cargo surface, and by folding the front passenger seatback forward against the lower cushion, the Pathfinder can reach a cargo length of up to 10 feet. There is a large storage area hidden away under the second-row seats and a handy small storage area inside the back door. Seating isn't as comfortable as it could be in the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder, due to front seats that are rather small and skimpily cushioned.

As is the case with most truck-based SUVs, the Pathfinder's ride is firm and a bit choppy. It handles well, but on rough pavement or tight, twisty roads, it's less settled than modern crossover designs.

The base S model only comes with the V-6, but the sportier SE and uplevel 2009 Nissan Pathfinder LE models are available with either the V-6 or V-8. The SE Off Road model is offered only with the V-6. It brings tougher stuff such as skid plates, a tow hook, Bilstein shocks, a stronger alternator, and upgraded equipment inside. A DVD entertainment system is also available, along with Bose audio, power seats, rear air conditioning, and wood trim. Options include a nav system with a 9.3GB Music Box entertainment system, new front and rear styling, and new 17- and 18-inch wheels, along with Bluetooth compatibility and Intelligent Key security.

Electronic stability control is standard across the line, and side impact and side curtain airbags are newly standard for 2009. The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder has been crash-tested by the federal government, receiving four-star ratings for frontal impact and top five-star ratings for side impact. The IIHS also awards the Pathfinder top "good" ratings for frontal and side impact, but "marginal" in its seat-based rear-impact test.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is a top-notch choice for towing or serious off-roading, but otherwise there are more comfortable vehicles.

Printable Version

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
/img/research/mi/printable/rating-0.png

No consumer rating

Rate & Review
Passenger Crash Grade
/img/research/mi/printable/rating-0.png

No consumer rating

Rate & Review
Rollover Resistance
/img/research/mi/printable/rating-0.png

No consumer rating

Rate & Review

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Std
Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Printable Version

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 150+ point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes if wrap coverage is purchased at the time of sale
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

Printable Version

2009 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

Data on this page may have come in part, or entirely, from one or more of the following providers.

HERE

My Hotlist

Check up to 4 to Compare

Currently Viewing

Similar Models to Consider

Check up to 4 to Compare

Change your ZIP code:

HERE
HERE
HERE