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in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,888 - $25,354
Original MSRP: $28,570 - $43,250
MPG: 15 City / 22 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

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Reviewers are pleased with the 2011 Pathfinder's interior, especially with its refined dashboard. However, competitors offer roomier and higher quality interiors.

  • "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
  • "Seven-passenger seating includes split, folding second- and third-row seats. The front passenger seat also folds. The second-row seat is split 40/20/40. The 50/50-split third row folds into the floor with the head restraints in place. Eight utility hooks are installed in the rear cargo area, and storage is provided under the second-row seats." -- Cars.com
  • "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

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Seating

Reviewers are mostly pleased with the seven-seat Pathfinder's cabin, though the second and third rows can be cramped. The top-of-the-line LE model comes standard with leather-appointed seats.

  • "Front seating is quite comfortable, but the same cannot be said for the other positions. Second-row passengers will feel cramped, particularly longing for foot and shoulder room. The third row is suitable for children only, and even they will find access problematic due to the Pathfinder's high-mounted door handles and tall step-in height." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom is good in the 2nd row, even beneath the sunroof housing. Legroom is tight for tall riders with front seats set far back. The 3rd-row seat is sized for kids and tricky to access even with tumble-forward 2nd-row seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Pathfinder's third-row seat is fairly small, but it does provide a place for youngsters." -- Kansas City Star  

Interior Features

Reviewers report that the Nissan Pathfinder's cabin tech works well. Equipment-wise, the Pathfinder offers four trim levels that vary from simple to luxurious. Standard features include power windows and locks, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer and climate control. Available features include a navigation system, a 9.3 GB hard drive for music files, Bluetooth and a rearview monitor. 

  • "The gauges are easy to read, and most controls are simple to use. 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 [SV] 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 2011 Nissan 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, which is about average for the class. The Ford Explorer, by contrast, provides only 13.6 cubic feet with all three rows in use.

The Pathfinder's standout feature is in its versatility: Nissan says there are 64 different seating and cargo configurations. These are available through a fold-down front passenger's seat (on all models but the S and LE), a second-row fold-flat bench seat, and a third-row 50/50-split fold-flat bench seat. Small storage spaces include eight cup holders, side cargo nets, 12 cargo tie-down hooks and under-floor storage.

  • "The cargo space accommodates a maximum of 79 cubic feet -- typical for this class -- thanks to the ability of both rear rows to fold down flat." -- Edmunds
  • "All rear seats fold to form a level load deck without removing the headrests. The LE's 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
  • "The third seat is split 50/50, and it yields a flat cargo floor when folded. The back of the seat is covered with a hard surface, and eight hooks in the cargo hold are convenient for tying down gear." -- Kansas City Star 

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