The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder finds itself in a tricky position with almost every re-design. In terms of its features and functionality, the 4×4 is somewhat lacking in both road and off road capability , but blessed with decent performance in both. This fundamental flaw is also its greatest selling point, so Nissan must tread a find line each time they re-design.
The 2009 version features a tweaked engine setup, with a 4.0-liter V-6 roaring away inside, there is plenty of power to put down. Unfortunately, sub optimal suspension and breaking parts result in a drive which feels mediocre on tar-mac.
Slightly sub-par handling aside, the Pathfinder is comfortable on tricky terrain, but not quite so much as the Land Rover Discover, which though admittedly slightly more pricey- is an excellent all rounder. This is the challenge that the Pathfinder faces, but it remains a good value car despite these short comings.
New buyers won’t do much better than the Pathfinder, but that doesn’t mean that there are not better vehicles out there. A subjective look at the market reveals a lot of high quality competition, and in the end the individual must weight up their own requirements. In that respect alone, the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is well placed to win a few hearts and minds in 2009.