Strong horsepower and torque; adept handling; full suite of safety and driver-assist technologies; all-wheel drive can be added to any trim; 6,000-lb tow rating
Some safety and driver-assist systems that are standard on competitors are still optional on the Pathfinder; unremarkable interior; lacks Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility
For 2019, all Pathfinder trims gain a rear sonar system and two additional USB type-C ports that join the existing four USB type-A ports. SV and higher trims gain Nissan's Intelligent Cruise Control, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, while SL and Platinum trims add LED headlights.
Also new for 2019 is the Rock Creek edition ($995), which is a new exterior package that features off-road inspired black trim pieces and overfender molding.
At just under $36,000, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV provides most of the popular standard gear along with some advanced safety systems. Toss in the All Weather and Tech packages, and you're still out the door for less than $38,000. Unless you simply must have leather seats or the around-view monitor, the SV grade is a pretty good buy.
The Pathfinder follows Nissan's grade structure with S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels.
The S ($32,225, FWD), ($33,915, AWD) comes standard with 18-in painted wheels, hill assist, power outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic emergency braking, cloth seats, a 60/40-split reclining second-row seat, Rear Door Alert, a 50/50 reclining fold-flat third-row seat, cruise control, a rear sonar system, power door locks with keyless remote, power windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, two 12-volt power outlets, six USB ports, push-button ignition, Advanced Drive-Assist with a 4-in color display, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with an 8-in color display. Oddly, the only factory option is heated outboard mirrors.
The SV ($35,625, FWD), ($36,955, AWD) comes with the S trim's equipment and options and also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto on/off headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, a programmable key fob, four 12-volt power outlets, rear sonar parking assist and remote engine start. Standard driver assists include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Options include the SV All Weather package with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and heated mirrors. The SV Tech package adds navigation with upgraded NissanConnect and SiriusXM services, a trailer hitch and wiring harness.
The SL ($38,915, FWD), ($40,605, AWD) includes all of the SV's standard and listed optional equipment and adds a motion-activated power lift gate with position memory, hill-descent control, first- and second-row leather seating, LED headlights additional driver's-seat power adjustments, a 4-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, a 120-volt power outlet and a 360-degree around-view monitor with motion detection. Among the options are a dual-pane panoramic power moon roof, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Bose-infused audio system with an 8-in color touchscreen.
The Platinum ($43,565, FWD), ($45,255, AWD) builds on the SL's standard and optional equipment with a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, wood grain interior accents, a tow hitch with wire harness, 20-in aluminum alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats. The only option is the rear-seat Family Entertainment package with a DVD player, dual headrest-mounted 8-in monitors and headphones.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Honda Pilot -- With a more refined interior than many of its competitors, the Pilot is not only comfortable, but also excels in creative storage spaces. Honda Sensing is a full suite of safety and driver-assist features standard on every trim.
2019 Toyota Highlander -- Always included in any discussion of top-tier 3-row crossovers, the Highlander checks all the boxes for a stylish, refined family-hauler. For those who put fuel economy above performance, it offers a 4-cylinder in addition to the more competitive V6. Forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams are standard on every trim level.