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Facts & Figures
Bodystyle: SUV
Class: Mid-Size SUV
Engine: 4.0l 6-cyl. (270hp)
EPA Mileage:
15 - 16 (City)
21 - 23 (Highway)
Our Rating:
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Nissan had the 4X4 technology, but that alone couldn't carry the burden. It needed a stronger drivetrain. The Pathfinder had long been an underdog, with barely competent power and an aging transmission. The new Pathfinder had to step up with a rejuvenated engine and a state-of-the-art gear set.

The solution turned out to be right at hand: the same V6 powering the , Nissan's performance star. With the displacement boosted to 4.0 liters and its horsepower and torque curves redrawn to workhorse geometry, the new Pathfinder engine not only substantially betters its predecessor, it also steps out ahead of the market's benchmark, the larger V8 in the number one-selling . Fuel economy is improved, too, by 2 mpg on the highway. The new, five-speed automatic, geared to capitalize on the engine's torque characteristics, completes the package. Electronic stability control comes standard, giving drivers a reassuring safety blanket by controlling skids.

Get up and go is one thing. Looking and feeling good in the process is another entirely, and Nissan had fallen behind the curve here, too. For years, the Nissan Pathfinder had made do with modest, cosmetic makeovers of stale design motifs, while the market was moving toward more expressive exteriors and roomier, more accommodating interiors.

Facts & Figures

The JB car pages provide engine and transmission specs, as well as gas mileage and dimensions for all 2005 Nissan Pathfinder versions.

2005 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Specs & Features

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