Some vehicles aren’t as great as they used to be, and that’s because of many factors: market conditions, discontinuation of parts, or the car genuinely becomes a shell of its former glory. The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder didn’t get the memo shared by many of the automobiles that fall into these categories, and instead, what you get is the best three-row midsize SUV Nissan has ever crafted. The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is not like your everyday midsize SUV, and that’s because it’s markedly more cost-effective than a handful of other competitors on the market. In addition to being more cost-effective than a myriad of other three-row SUVs on the market, it’s also a versatility champion with more maximum cargo space than Mazda’s three-row SUVs along with the Cadillac XT6, Kia Sorento, and Mitsubishi Outlander, among others.
With an MSRP of $35,810, it’s lower priced than the Mazda CX-90 or Honda Pilot, Toyota Grand Highlander, Buick Enclave, and more.[a] The lower price of the Nissan Pathfinder places it at the forefront of many drivers looking for a more cost-effective way of purchasing a midsize SUV with three total rows of seating. However, it’s the features and everything that Nissan has done to make the appeal of the Pathfinder more palpable that has caused fans to heed its beckoning, and the 2024 Pathfinder is what you get when you give the fans what they want. The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder S is the base trim sporting the lowest MSRP, while the remaining trim levels are as follows: SV, Rock Creek, SL, and Platinum.
The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is a clear descendant of the 2023 Pathfinder, which in and of itself took a healthy amount of inspiration from the preceding model: the 2022 Pathfinder. Beyond that, the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder has remnants of Pathfinder models from over a decade before its launch.
For example, the 2024 Pathfinder uses a 3.5L V6 engine like models released as far back as 2014 and beyond, but that’s not to say every Pathfinder is created equal. The first departure from the V6 powertrain everyone came to know and love was the removal of the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for a traditional 9-speed automatic transmission. The change was welcomed by fans, both returning and new, as the 9-speed automatic transmission gives the Pathfinder that sense of power it was desperately craving. The 2024 Pathfinder hasn’t rewritten the script here as it’s not broken, so it doesn’t require fixing on the part of the manufacturer.
Another change that occurred with the 3.5L V6 engine before the launch of the 2024 Pathfinder was an uptick in performance that occurred with the 2023 model. For reference, the 3.5L V6 engine that comes standard with preceding models outputs 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, but it was with the introduction of the Rock Creek special edition Pathfinder that this V6 engine’s power was increased to 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The boost in horsepower and torque output is much appreciated over the static ratings the Pathfinder was used to, but the towing capacity remains at 6,000 lbs.
The Pathfinder is one of the more towing-capable SUVs in its class, and coupled with the available 4x4 drivetrain, it’s an SUV that’s equally equipped for adventure as it is for the day-to-day busy week having family causes. The Pathfinder’s four-wheel drivetrain is included with the aforementioned Rock Creek special edition, but it’s available on the other Pathfinder configurations.
When the Pathfinder is equipped with 4WD, along comes a handful of drive modes you’ll switch between as needed. Similar drive-mode functions produced by other manufacturers tend to give you about five standard drive modes and two optional ones, but not with the Pathfinder. Instead, if your Pathfinder is equipped with 4WD, you get seven drive modes right off the bat, which include Standard, Eco, Sport, Sand, Snow, Mud/Rut, and a mode dedicated to towing.
The 2024 Pathfinder’s interior is spacious and modern in function and form. Sitting in the 2024 Pathfinder feels fresh and exciting if the vehicle you’ve driven is one from years past. It all starts with the seats, which this three-row SUV sports a maximum of eight passengers.
Much of the standard Pathfinder experience has plenty of amenities that lend its premium appearance, but for that premium feel, you can opt for leather seats if the cloth doesn’t fit your preference. The seats aren’t the only part of the interior that receives the leather treatment, as the steering wheel can also be wrapped in genuine leather materials. Both of these features come with the Platinum trim, combined with atmospheric lighting, forming a surrounding ambiance with colors of your choosing. The Platinum trim is also how you can secure a Pathfinder that comes with a standard Bose audio system, lending a richer soundscape than anything else on offer for the SUV – not to mention a panoramic moonroof, and passengers sitting in the second row will have heating controls like the front-row seats.
Coming standard with the 2024 Pathfinder is an 8-inch infotainment center complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, higher-tier trims upgrade the infotainment center screen size to 9 inches, and Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also on the table, along with a wireless charging solution for your smartphone. Every 2024 Pathfinder also comes with a Digital Dashboard displayed across a 7-inch screen – that is, unless you purchase one of the trims where you can either opt to receive a 12.3-inch Digital Dashboard to remove analog gauges from the equation and switch to a modern-digital lifestyle where the vehicle feels more connected with the present than most older vehicles ever hope to be.
The 2024 Pathfinder is also notable on the feature front, thanks to a standard implementation of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety suite. Some features require extra spending – most notably, features like Blind-Spot Intervention, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Intelligent Around View Monitor, the latter of which acts as a surround view system combining the video feed from four cameras situated around the Pathfinder, and the Intelligent Around View Monitor uses software to take care of the rest, with the result being multiple camera angles viewable on your infotainment center, whether that be behind you, in front – even above you. Most of the features incorporated into Nissan Safety Shield 360 are standard, like a Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and more.
The 2024 Pathfinder is similarly sized to its most immediate predecessors in dimensions such as available cargo space, which the 2024 model matches the measurements set by the 2022 Pathfinder. If you’re traveling alone and therefore don’t require the usage of the rear seats, you can fold down one or both rows to increase your available cargo space.
When both back seats are folded down, the Pathfinder gives you 80.5 cu.ft. of space. If you’re driving the Pathfinder with up to three passengers in the second row – two passengers with captain chairs – and have the third row folded down, the 2024 Pathfinder still leaves you with 45 cu.ft. of space. When all three rows must stay upright because of the amount of people you’re driving around, the Pathfinder’s 16.6 cu.ft. of space will be enough to store the average-sized belongings of your passengers. The 2024 Pathfinder’s cargo length is 79.8 inches long, 45.7 inches wide, and a maximum of 33.3 inches high.
Three rows of seating is an impressive feature for an SUV of this size as the size of its body places it more within the category of a midsize SUV and not a full-size one. With that in mind, there’s an impressive amount of room that leaves you and all your passengers comfortable. Starting with the front row of the Pathfinder, the 2024 model gives you 44.3 inches of legroom, 58.3 inches of hip room, 60.8 inches of shoulder room, 42.3 inches of headroom without the panoramic moonroof, and 41.1 inches of headroom with the moonroof attached.
The second row’s dimensions include 35.5 inches of legroom, 56.3 inches of hiproom, 59.6 inches of shoulder room, 39.6 inches of headroom without the moonroof, and 38.4 inches with it. Having the moonroof or not doesn’t change the 37.8 inches of headroom for third-row passengers, and the other dimensions include 28 inches of legroom, 46.7 inches of hip room, and 58.4 inches of shoulder room. Everything adds up to a passenger volume of 148 cu.ft., and with the cargo bay included, this number rises to 164.6 cu.ft.