When you’re on the hunt for a midsize SUV with a third row, the Nissan Pathfinder has long been at the top of the list as an ideal choice. It’s affordability, premium features, and approachable size makes it well-loved by drivers for years. That third row brings in a wealth of opportunity for flexibility, but without the extra-large size of a full-size SUV. Nissan has always perfectly molded the need for extra seats with keeping a manageable size in the Pathfinder, and the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is no different.
The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will dazzle you from the start with its new additions and upgrades. Its performance-style ride, family-friendly interior, sleek exterior, and a suite of standard safety features make the 2021 Pathfinder the top choice for an SUV. New for 2021, the Pathfinder becomes better equipped for what it is used most for, fulfilling the driving needs of the whole family. Everything from the design to the convenience features to the safety technology was developed with a large group in mind. There’s no sacrificing in this 2021 Pathfinder, and once you see all it has to offer, you will agree it exceeds expectations.
Horsepower (hp): 284
Max Towing (lbs): 6,000
Cargo Volume (cu.ft.): 79.5
The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder makes waves as a performance vehicle without the hefty size of a full-size SUV or pickup truck. It has a 3.5L V6 engine with 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. As far as transmission goes, it’s expected that the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will upgrade to a 9-speed automatic transmission from its current CVT transmission.
To keep you moving smoothly and confidently, the 2021 Pathfinder comes equipped with an optional four-wheel drive. This is especially needed when you’re switching through the different terrain modes. As far as fuel economy, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to stay within the same range as the 2020 model with around 23 MPG combined with front-wheel drive and 22 MPG combined with four-wheel drive. When you lead a busy life with family, work, and events, you need less time at the fuel pump and more of your gas money in your pocket.
The Pathfinder can also perform with extra gear. It can tow up to 6,000 lbs with 259 lb-ft of torque, which is notable in this segment of SUVs. There’s no need to make other arrangements when you have a long weekend at the lake planned because the 2021 Pathfinder can tow the boat and take the family all in the same vehicle. The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to perform better and more reliably than ever before. It can certainly keep up with any weekend adventures while also navigating daily travels shuffling family to all the places with its better handling. Since there is an available four-wheel drive, the 2021 Pathfinder can easily navigate through snow, ice, and wet conditions.
The exterior of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is sleek while still keeping its family-friendly vibe. It follows the same design trend as the other vehicles in the Nissan SUV lineup and will look similar to the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. You can expect to see exterior upgrades with more premium trims as well.
The standard exterior features for the 2021 Pathfinder are quite notable, though. The 2021 Pathfinder will have standard 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, panoramic moonroof, roof rails, chrome accents, and activated liftgates. These standard features give drivers extra convenience, which is needed as the Pathfinder serves as a family SUV for many.
The fresh take on the 2021 Pathfinder’s exterior appearance gives it that extra boost of appeal to drivers. It’s standard exterior design, and convenience features already have a premium feel to it, but adding upgrades will be the cherry on top. There are a variety of trims to choose from, with several of the more premium trims offering a more customized exterior design and accents. It’s safe to say that you’ll make a statement no matter which trim of the 2021 Pathfinder you choose.
The interior of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is where most of the overhaul happened. It’s expected that Nissan will make this year’s Pathfinder even more family-friendly, but it already captures that label with its roomy interior and seating for 7 passengers comfortably. The seats will be revamped to make them even more comfortable and convenient for the whole family.
Just how comfortable are the second and third rows of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder? The second row provides almost 42 inches of legroom, which beats out the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Mazda CX-9. In the third row, the legroom is also spacious and beats out many of its competitors as well. If you plan to use the third row frequently, rest assured the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder keeps all 7 passengers comfortable.
For many families and groups, you need the max seating available and still need to be able to use some cargo space. The 2021 Pathfinder can do both with over 16 cu.ft. of cargo volume with the second and third rows in use. This beats out the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. Whenever you need more cargo space, you can easily fold down the third row and second row, making seating and storage more flexible for you.
With everyone seated and cargo packed, there needs to be some entertainment, and the 2021 Pathfinder delivers. There’s a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that holds all the necessary vehicle settings and entertainment features you need access to. In past model years, the Pathfinder has exceeded expectations with its interior technology, and the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder plans to do just the same. Thanks to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can access your smartphone’s apps on the front touchscreen. You can jam out to your favorite playlist with the premium audio system that makes any song sound perfect.
The overall interior design will see an upgrade, making it more accessible, sleek, and technologically advanced. Some of the features you can expect from the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder are push-to-start ignition, remote keyless entry, six USB ports, and tri-zone automatic temperature control. Technology features include an available navigation system and wireless headphone streaming. The Pathfinder was already a top contender for a family-friendly SUV, and with all of these updates and available features, the 2021 Pathfinder is the ideal family SUV because of the many interior features that intentionally include the rear seats.
Nissan has been on a quest recently to completely overhaul the safety features in its vehicle lineup. The 2020 Pathfinder has a number of standard safety features, and the 2021 Pathfinder is going to be packed full of safety features as well. When you are carrying around your most loved people, you expect the vehicle to have the most advanced safety features, and that’s what the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder gives.
The 2021 Pathfinder will keep the same safety features as the 2020 model, like automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, plus more advanced features like a 360-degree camera view and intelligent cruise control. Both the standard and advanced safety features not only help the driver react effectively to obstructions or possible collisions but also stay proactive with extra views and staying on top of changing road conditions.
Nissan has gone above and beyond to ensure the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder is a safe and reliable SUV as you drive around to your many responsibilities and destinations. The Pathfinder has had a history of receiving high safety ratings, and the 2021 model will be no exception. You can be confident that the 2021 Pathfinder is built tough and equipped with top-of-the-line technology to help you drive safely every day.