2016 Nissan Pathfinder Offers Roomy Premium Interior, Family-Focused Versatility and Thoughtful Technology
- Enhancements for 2016 model year include a revised Almond interior with contrasting black and beige materials and a new Cold Package
- Again features best-in-class* passenger volume, front headroom and passenger volume, along with class-exclusive Around View® Monitor**
- Pathfinder’s core values of fun, utility and fresh style continues – with standard 5,000-lb towing capability and class-exclusive*** selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes from the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4x4-i system
- Also offers best-in-class**** 27 MPG standard highway fuel economy (2WD and 4WD models)
The 2016 Pathfinder offers exceptional levels of versatility, fuel efficiency and full-size comfort for seven passengers. Pathfinder is available in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations, with all models powered by a fuel-efficient 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission with D-Step shift logic.
Enhancements for 2016 include a revised Almond interior with contrasting black and beige materials and a new Cold Package for the Pathfinder SV grade – with heated cloth front seats, heated steering wheel and heated outside rearview mirrors. In addition, the Pathfinder SL grade now includes a heated steering wheel (also standard on Pathfinder Platinum grade).
A Stylish, Aerodynamic Body
The 2016 Pathfinder starts with an upscale exterior, which presents a smart fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. The look is adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable stance. The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body. And, through the use of front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings, Pathfinder achieves one of the best aerodynamic performances in the segment – a 0.34 coefficient of drag.
Other exterior details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights, recessed front windshield wipers, roof rails, chrome door handles and large rear combination lights. An available Dual Panorama Moonroof (standard on Platinum) with sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel, which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows, combines with the large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.
Nine exterior colors are offered for 2015: Java Metallic, Midnight Jade, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Magnetic Black, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Pearl White and Arctic Blue Metallic.
A Roomy, High-Comfort Interior
Inside, the 3-row/7-passenger Pathfinder combines comfortable seating with the cargo capacity that families need everyday, offering the benefits of a modern crossover with the comfort of a larger SUV. Use of a unibody platform provides numerous benefits, including a flat floor for enhanced interior packaging flexibility and ample space. Overall interior roominess is 173.8 cubic feet (passenger and cargo areas combined).
Beyond just numbers on a specifications sheet, Pathfinder’s roominess and unique versatility comes to life in the design of the 2nd and 3rd rows – with exceptional 3rd row access provided by the large rear door openings and the EZ Flex™ Seating System with 5.5 inches of 2nd row seat travel for ease of entry and exit to the 3rd row. The 60/40-split 2nd row features innovative LATCH AND GLIDE™ technology that allows forward movement and access to the 3rdrow with a child safety seat remaining securely in place (on the passenger curb side).
The 3rd row seat is a 50/50 split-folding design, offering added cargo flexibility, and it also reclines for greater passenger comfort. Both the 2nd and 3rd row seats fold flat for optimal cargo capacity and there is additional under floor storage in the rear cargo area.
Pathfinder’s quiet, comfortable interior also includes a wide range of available features, including two rows of rich leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated and cooled front seats, heated 2nd row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, multiple user memory settings and an advanced Bose® Audio System with 13 speakers.
Thoughtful technology is found throughout the 2016 Pathfinder interior, starting with the instrument panel, which includes the Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display in the center of the instrument cluster right in front of the driver.
The instrument panel also includes a large multifunction center IT display, available Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic® real-time traffic and NavWeather® weather information (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® and RearView Monitor.
Pathfinder also features Nissan’s advanced, class-exclusive Around View® Monitor**, which provides the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. Other technology includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, power rear liftgate with liftgate position memory, iPod® integration and tri-zone entertainment system with 2nd row head restraint-mounted DVD display screens. An available remote engine start**** function allows the climate control system to warm up or cool down the interior prior to driving (standard on SV, SL and Platinum).
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), available with individual tire pressure display, comes with standard class-exclusive* Easy Fill Tire Alert that provides both visual and audible signals to help owners conveniently maintain correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge.
Best-in-Class 27-MPG Highway Fuel Economy****
The 2016 Pathfinder provides drivers with the levels of responsive acceleration, braking, handling and ride comfort expected of a Nissan product. It utilizes a refined drivetrain featuring a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine mated to a next-generation Xtronic transmission – helping provide fuel economy rated at 27 mpg highway / 20 mpg city and 23 mpg combined for the 2WD model and 26 mpg highway / 19 mpg city and 22 mpg combined for the 4WD S, SV and SL models (26/19/21 mpg for Platinum).
The 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic transmission combination delivers responsive acceleration in a variety of conditions. The Xtronic holds the engine at the ideal rpm for the conditions at hand, offering responsive power for passing or towing when needed and quiet efficient running at cruising speeds or around town, with the D-Step Logic adding the feel of a traditional stepped automatic.
The D-Step simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant, letting rpms build as speed builds – without compromising Pathfinder’s best-in-class fuel economy**** of 27 mpg highway (2WD and 4WD models).
With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder continues to serve as an excellent vehicle for inclement weather driving conditions. Pathfinder is the only vehicle in class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available intuitive ALL-MODE 4x4-i system. The system lets the driver choose full-time 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when the confidence of full-time 4WD is desired.
In addition, standard Hill Start Assist helps add control when starting and driving away on a steep incline (both 4WD and 2WD models), while standard Hill Descent Control (4WD only) helps facilitate control when traveling slowly down steep, rough terrain grades.
With standard 5,000-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped), Pathfinder also retains its ability to tow boats, jet skis, trailers and a variety of other recreational gear. A tow hitch and harness is standard on Pathfinder Platinum and available on SV and SL grades.
Pathfinder’s unibody platform weighs almost 500 pounds less than the previous generation Pathfinder’s body-on-frame design, which helps contribute to the enhanced fuel economy performance. Along with reduced weight, Pathfinder’s unibody platform provided the designers an opportunity to create the more aerodynamic exterior without compromising headroom or cargo capacity.
Standard safety and security features include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor), 3-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows (includes rollover sensor), 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants, including 2nd row center position, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) – 2nd row outboard seating positions only, child safety rear door locks, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).
A Choice of Models and Packages
The 2016 Pathfinder comes in four well-equipped models, starting with the Pathfinder S with 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, Xtronic transmission and available ALL-MODE 4x4-i system.
Pathfinder SV models add a range of features including Nissan Intelligent Key®, 8-way power driver’s seat, RearView Monitor, Rear Sonar, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, 7.0-inch color display, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), auto on/off headlights, fog lights, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, remote engine start*****and much more.
Pathfinder SL models include leather-appointed heated 1st and 2nd row seats, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, driver’s seat 2-way power lumbar support, heated steering wheel, power liftgate with liftgate position memory, Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), among other features.
Pathfinder Platinum models offer unique 20-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, 235/55R20 tires, Around View® Monitor, Nissan Navigation System, Bose® 13-speaker premium audio system, cooled front seats, Dual Panorama Moonroof, Trailer Tow Package and more.
Several option packages are offered for 2016. The new SV Cold Package includes heated front cloth seats, heated steering wheel and heated outside rearview mirrors. The SL Tech Package features the Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, Nissan Navigation System, Around View® Monitor and tow hitch receiver with integrated finisher and trailer harness.
Also available is the SL Premium Package with the Nissan Navigation System, Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Dual Panorama Moonroof, Around View® Monitor and tow hitch receiver with integrated finisher.
The Family Entertainment Package adds the dual 7.0-inch headrest DVD/Family Entertainment System with rear seat wireless headphones, wireless remote control, VTR jack and rear headphone jacks with volume control (Platinum grade only). The Trailer Tow Package includes tow hitch receiver, trailer harness and finisher (SV and SL grades).
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* Ward's Segmentation. MY16 Pathfinder vs. in market MY16/15 competitors in 2015 Large Cross/Utility Class.
**Ward's Segmentation. MY16 Pathfinder SL with Tech Package and Platinum vs. in market MY16/15 competitors in 2015 Large Cross/Utility Class. Available feature. Parking aid/convenience feature. Cannot completely eliminate blind spots or warn of moving objects. May not detect every object. Always check surroundings before moving vehicle. Not a substitute for proper backing procedures. Always turn to check what is behind you before backing up.
***Ward's Segmentation. MY16 Pathfinder AWD vs. in market MY16/15 competitors in 2015 Large Cross/Utility Class.
****Ward's Segmentation. MY16 Pathfinder vs. in market MY16/15 competitors in 2015 Large Cross/Utility Class. Base models compared. 2016 Pathfinder 2WD EPA fuel economy estimate 20 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG and 2016 Pathfinder AWD EPA fuel economy estimate 19 city/26 hwy/22 combined MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison purposes only.
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