Nissan Pathfinder Canada
The Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-sized SUV manufactured by Nissan since 1986, while the Pathfinder began as a compact SUV it grew in size making way for a variety of other crossover SUVs and compact SUVs or CUV (Compact/Crossover Utility Vehicle), the Pathfinder is slotted in size between the Nissan Murano and Nissan Armada, while it shares the same platform with the Nissan Xterra and Armada. Nissan launched the Pathfinder as a direct competitor with the Ford Bronco and Jeep Cherokee as a way to enter the Canadian SUV market. Like the Ford Bronco the 1986 Pathfinder in Canada arrived as a 2-door model until 1990 when the 4-door Pathfinder made its way to Canadian dealers and gain popularity as a comfortable and practical SUV, in Japan the Pathfinder was going against the Toyota 4Runner which explains its growing size from each generation and the off-road capabilities when compares to other city driven SUVs. This rugged Pathfinder was powered by a 3.0L V6 engine with an optional smaller 2.4L engine, the 1990 Pathfinder received an improved V6 engine which was shared with the Nissan Maxima. The first generation Pathfinder is the most sold model of the Pathfinder lineup, often regarded as Nissan's flagship into the SUV market in Canada.
The 1996 Pathfinder received a new design with rounder corners and a more aerodynamic look, it received a completely new interior. The new Pathfinder was powered by a V6 3.3L engine with 168HP, the 2001 Pathfinder received a slight remodel with new front grill and some extra safety features, while receiving an upgraded with a 3.5L engine which is shared with the Nissan Maxima and Quest minivan, the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder grew in size moving up to the mid-sized segment making room for the Nissan Xterra which arrived to Canada as a 2001 Xterra model. The interior 2002 Pathfinder received a new dashboard and steeringwheel mounted comtrols along with an updated audio system.
In 2004 Nissan opened an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee which was configured for the manufacturing of the Nissan Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder and the all electric Nissan Leaf. The new Pathfinder shares Nissan's rugged F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Frontier and Titan pickup trucks and the Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV. The current generation Pathfinder was unveiled at the North American AutoShow in Detroit, Nissan added a new V6 4.0L engine with 266HP, the 2005 Pathfinder also added a third row of seats for up to seven passengers making it a family friendly SUV. Using the now popular Pathfinder name Nissan unveiled a Nissan Pathfinder Armada in 2004 powered by a V8 5.6L engine, it was designed as a full sized SUV while sharing the Pathfinder platform, it was later spun-off as its own Nissan Armada nameplate, while the Pathfinder received an optional V8 5.6L engine for the 2008 Pathfinder in Canada.
The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder in Canada is powered by a V8 4.0L engine with 266HP and 288 lb-ft of torque, Nissan's standard All-Mode 4WD with 2-speed transfer case, the Pathfinder now comes with standard premium interior and 3 rows of seats, while it is family oriented it still carries the rugged all terrain drive experience where you don't need to choose one over the other. It includes an upgraded Bose audio system, an optional GPS navigation system with touch screen and voice recognition, backup camera, plus XM satellite radio, while the rear seats can enjoy a 7" LCD screen with DVD entertainment system and equipped with Nissan's Intelligent Key with push button ignition which allows you to unlock the doors and turn it on without taking the key out of your pocket. All Nissan Pathfinders include 4-wheel vented disc brakes with anti-lock ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
The 2014 Pathfinder has had mixed reviews from both sides of the aisle, while some say it has abandoned its rugged off-road 4x4 looks in favor of a soccer mom SUV, others praise the last generation Pathfinder by finding a balance between an off-road and city SUV, you be the judge. Featuring a 3.5L V6 engine with 260HP, shared with 2014 Murano and built on Nissan’s D platform shared with Nissan Maxima, Quest and Infiniti JX allowing for a smoother ride.