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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder was new.

Reviewers praise the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder's seven-seat interior as roomy, versatile, and even somewhat upscale. Motor Week says "The Pathfinder's interior is naturally roomier than previous years and primed with the comfort and amenities necessary to compete in its class."

For 2008, the Pathfinder's center dash controls have been redesigned and "now have a more refined appearance," according to Cars.com. The San Francisco Chronicle says "Inside, the Pathfinder has everything laid out in logical and traditional form -- forgive me, I like dashboards that don't force me to go to flight school to learn about esoteric instrumentation and then come back to the car, diploma in hand, so I can figure out how to drive it."

Seating

Reviewers are pleased with the Pathfinder's spacious cabin, which provides 149.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. Kelley Blue Book says it's "well suited to everyday commutes, delivering a roomy, comfortable environment"--and that environment includes seating for seven in three rows.

Reviewers like the front seats, which New Car Test Drive says are "comfortable and supportive, on road and off, but would benefit from a deeper bottom cushion for added thigh support." Automobile.com also thinks "The design of the front seats is quite good; they have acceptable support, and the mesh bolsters are cool..." Car.com similarly says "For front seat passengers, the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder is a comfortable ride, but one that gets less comfortable the farther back you go."

On that note, Edmunds warns that accommodations are tight in the second and third rows. "There's plenty of space up front for the driver and front passenger, but the second-row seats are snug when it comes to toe and shoulder room," the reviewer says. New Car Test Drive complains that "Anybody sentenced to the center-row center seat had best hope the trip is short." Automobile.com takes the criticism even further, noting "The second row seats are uncomfortable and passengers of just about all shapes and sizes complained about the angle of the bench; when sitting, your knees are higher than your butt, which is fine for short trips but is sure to upset your tailbone and tire your legs."

The third row is much the same story, though reviewers all seem to appreciate the extra passenger space. Forbes says that "it's not impossible for a small adult to ride in the far back. There are four more inches of headroom and legroom than in the 4Runner; and second-row head/legroom is pretty much what you'd expect for this class." But The Family Car urges buyers to think twice, noting "The third row may work for a 6-year-old on his way to a T-ball game...But, adults will never want to sit there even if they can master the contortions required to gain entrance. And, the effort required to install a baby seat and a baby in the third row pretty much rules out that option, too."

Automobile.com says "The third row is tight, hard to reach and not particularly comfortable either, but then again, which third row in a midsize SUV is?" and adds "I would limit the loading to five plus cargo." Access to the third row is gained through folding down the middle seat, which New Car Test Drive says is "relatively easy."

Interior Features

Equipment-wise, the Pathfinder offers four trim levels that vary from simple to luxurious. The base S includes air conditioning, an in-cabin microfilter, power door locks and windows, remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, a tilt steering column, a rear intermittent wiper, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar, cloth seat trim, and eight cup holders.

The SE adds a RearView monitor, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, rear air conditioning with rear controls, power adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and digital compass, outside temperature display, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SE Off Road adds a HomeLink Universal Transceiver, a first aid kit, and a variety of off-road performance features. The luxurious LE adds a four-way power adjustable passenger's seat, a driver's memory system (for the driver's seat, mirrors and pedals), leather-appointed seats in the front and second row, heated front seats, and wood-tone trim.

Cargo

The Family Car praises "The real value of the new Pathfinder's increased size is in its cargo-carrying ability." The 2008 Pathfinder provides 16.5 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use, 49.2 with the third row folded flat, and 79.2 with both the second and third rows folded flat. But its standout feature is in its versatility: Nissan says there are 64 different seating/cargo configurations. These are available through a fold-down front passenger's seat (on all models but the S and LE), a second-row 40/20/40-split fold-flat bench seat, and a third-row 50/50-split fold-flat bench seat.

Forbes explains "That means if, for example, you're going skiing, you can dump the third-row and the 20%-split second-row seats and use the additional space as a pass-through for your skis, while still carrying four passengers in comfort." To accommodate other types of cargo, such as lumber, "you can fold the second- and third-row seats completely flat and lower the front-passenger seatback, thereby creating an even surface on which to place your load," Forbes continues. "This gives you as much as ten feet inside the vehicle for your two-by-fours." Edmunds praises "you won't find a flatter load floor in the segment. Or a more durable one."

Cabin storage space impresses as well, with New Car Test Drive commenting "Storage bins, pockets and cubbies abound." These include a hidden box under the second-row seat, two cup holders for each row of seats (and eight total), map pockets in all four doors, secondary beverage receptacles in the front doors, and a large multi-level glove box that "easily handles a half-liter beverage bottle with room left over for a couple pair of gloves." In addition, the standard roof rack can hold up to 200 pounds, more than twice the capacity of many vehicles.

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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