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#23

in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,982 - $20,998
Original MSRP: $27,210 - $40,210
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

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Reviewers were pleased with the 2009 Pathfinder's interior, especially with its dashboard that was redesigned last year. They found the third row of seats a bit cramped, although that's a common complaint heard in this class.

  • "Cabin surfaces are padded in places frequently touched. Most other panels are hard plastic, which imparts a low-budget ambiance. LE's wood-tone trim lends a classier look." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Pathfinder's interior is naturally roomier than previous years and primed with the comfort and amenities necessary to compete in its class." -- Motor Week
  • "Inside the Nissan Pathfinder, occupants will find an attractive cabin with excellent ergonomics." -- Edmunds

Seating

Reviewers were pleased with the Pathfinder's spacious cabin, which provides comfortable front seats. Test drivers noted that the second row could use a bit more legroom. Though the third row is a bit cramped, reviewers appreciated having the option.

  • "The design of the front seats is quite good; they have acceptable support, and the mesh bolsters are cool, although I don't know how long those microsuede inserts will last during day-to-day use." -- Automobile.com
  • "The front seats are very comfortable, but the rear falls short on room for both feet and shoulders. Only kids will fit in the third row, and younger ones might have trouble entering the cabin to begin with, due to the high-mounted handles." -- Edmunds
  • "Ample legroom and headroom for most occupants. SE and LE have soft, supportive [front] seats. Some testers dislike the SE Off-Road's seatback shape and fabric texture." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Another point worth making is that, although the third-row seating isn't capacious in this vehicle (it isn't in the Ford Explorer, Chevy Trailblazer or Toyota 4Runner, either), 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." -- Forbes
  • "The Pathfinder's third-row seat is fairly small, but it does provide a place for youngsters." -- Kansas City Star  

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.

  • "Well-placed gauges with user-friendly controls. The LE's available navigation system takes time to learn, but doesn't absorb audio or climate controls -- a plus." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the Pathfinder has a rugged persona, the cabin of the SE is far from rough. The test vehicle's heated leather front seats were quite comfortable, and creature comforts included a power sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker Bose stereo with XM satellite radio." -- Kansas City Star  

Cargo

The 2009 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.

  • "The Pathfinder feels roomy because it is physically larger inside than some of the competition, but also because it's well thought-out and can be reconfigured to haul or hold whatever you need it to. The second-row seats divide 40/20/40, while the third-row seats split 50/50. 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." -- Forbes
  • "The available DVD entertainment system eats into front console space. Cabin storage is otherwise ample, including a clever in-floor compartment under the 2nd-row seats." -- Consumer Guide

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