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2010 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Announces Pricing on Pathfinder

For 2010, Xterra is again available in four well-equipped models – X, S, Off-Road and SE – making it easier for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyles.

All Xterra models feature an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, along wîth a rugged 'F-Alpha' truck platform for adventure-ready performance. The 'F-Alpha' platform is shared wîth the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SÚV. Xterra is available wîth a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions and in a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.

Xterra again features a distinct 'multi-flex' interior wîth an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features – including an available Easy Clean cargo area, a tie-down channel system, 10 cargo hooks and an available built-in first-aid kit. While maintaining its 'authentic' tough gear positioning, the 2010 Xterra also offers a range of advanced technologies, including Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (A/T models only, XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an 8-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system wîth subwoofer.

2010 Nissan PathfinderRevisions for 2010 include a simplified exterior and interior color selections and new standard equipment – the previously optional Technology Package content is now standard on Xterra SE and OR models and revised X Gear Package content is now standard on Xterra S and SE models (X Gear Package equipment remains standard on Xterra Off-Road models, as well). Xterra SE and Off-Road models also feature a Garmin Navigation system wîth an integrated housing as standard equipment.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling.

Source - Nissan

At a Glance: 2010 Nissan Pathfinder

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
The popular three-row Nissan Pathfinder SÚV again combines first-class amenities wîth rugged family adventure capabilities for the 2010 model year. Along wîth a choice of V6 or V8 engines and 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, the refined Pathfinder interior offers a range of amenities, including available leather-appointed seating, heated §teering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key™ wîth twist start, Nissan Navigation System wîth 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

Pathfinder's 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque, which helps it to achieve 7,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity. Also available is Pathfinder's proven 266-horsepower 4.0-liter version of the award-winning Nissan VQ-series V6 engine. All Pathfinders continue to be built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SÚV.

Revisions for 2010 include revised exterior and interior color combinations wîth one new exterior color, Dark Slate, and the addition of moonroof as standard equipment on Pathfinder LE-V6 and standard Nissan Navigation System on LE-V8. Two new option packages are offered for 2010 – the LE-V8 Value Package featuring DVD player, 7-inch color monitor for rear passengers and moonroof; and the SE Premium Journey Package wîth 17-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, RearView Monitor, roof rack crossbars, 10-speaker Bose® audio system, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and Nissan Intelligent Key™.

The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is available in four models: Pathfinder S-V6, Pathfinder SE-V6, Pathfinder LE-V6 and Pathfinder LE-V8 (4x4 only).

Highlights of the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder include:


2010 Nissan Pathfinder•Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs
•Aggressive front and rear styling, including powerful hood, grille, front and rear bumpers, rear liftgate
•Aggressive geometric fenders, angled strut-style grille
•C-pillars wîth Nissan SÚV signature high-mounted rear door handles
•Highly functional roof rack wîth integrated front and rear grips
•Available side running boards (standard on all trims except S-V6)
•Six available exterior colors – Super Black, Silver Lightning, Dark Slate, Red Brick, Avalanche and Navy Blue

Engine and Driveline

2010 Nissan Pathfinder•5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque (LE-V8); aluminum block wîth cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain
•4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque (S-V6, SE-V6, LE-V6); aluminum block wîth cast iron cylinder liners, microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain
•Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
•Available XN All-Mode part-time 4-wheel drive system (S-V6, SE-V6, LE-V6)
•Standard All-Mode automatic 4-wheel drive system wîth 2WD/AÚTO/4HI/4LO modes, electronically controlled transfer case (LE-V8 model)
•Standard tow hitch
•Úp to 7,000 pound towing capacity wîth LE-V8 model, up to 6,000 pounds wîth V6 models (when property equipped)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
•High-strength F-Alpha platform - fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame
•Independent all-steel double-wishbone front suspension wîth stabilizer bar
•Independent double-wishbone rear suspension wîth stabilizer bar
•Power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering
•4-wheel disc brakes wîth 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
•16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth P245/75R16 (S-V6)
•17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth P265/65R17 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (SE-V6)
•18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth P265/60R18 BFGoodrich BSW tires (LE-V6, LE-V8)

Interior Features

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
•7-inch color multi-information display wîth available RearView Monitor (except S-V6)
•Available heated §teering wheel (standard on LE models)
•Gated shifter design wîth grip shifter (all models except S-V6)
•Standard 2nd and 3rd row flat-folding seats wîth 7-passenger seating
•Available Nissan Navigation System wîth 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive
•Available Nissan Intelligent Key™ wîth twist start (available on LE models only)
•Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
•Available 10-speaker Bose® audio system wîth 6CD autochanger (1CD wîth Navigation Package), MP3 capability and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
•Available fold-down front passenger seat (SE-V6 only)
•40/20/40 split 2nd row seat wîth center reclining portion, 50/50 split 3rd row seat
•Available leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row and 1st row power memory seats on SE-V6 (standard LE models)
•Power-adjustable foot pedals (all models except S-V6)
•Standard power windows wîth driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse
•Dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning (all models except S-V6)
•Available DVD video entertainment system (LE models only)
•Wood-toned interior (LE models only)
•Two available interior colors – Graphite and Cafe Latte

Safety and Security

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 4.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 266 hp
Torque: 288 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.6 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 310 hp
Torque: 388 ft-lbs

5-speed Automatic
•Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags wîth seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification wîth 3-point front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters)
•Standard supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
•Standard roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows
•3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants, including 2nd row center position
•Front seat Active Head Restraints
•Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
•Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones
•LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
•Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

•Available in 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations and in four models: S-V6, SE-V6, LE-V6 and LE-V8 (4x4 only)
•Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant

Source - Nissan
A crossover SUV manufactured by Nissan Motors since 1986, the Pathfinder originated from Nissan's compact pickup truck platform. It fits nicely in between the similarly sized Nissan Murano and Armada, but is closer in price between the Xterra and Murano. The Pathfinder's biggest competitor is the Toyota 4Runner. The first generation of the Pathfinder was produced from 1985 until 1995 and was produced in Japan and manufactured in Kyūshū, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia and Purwakarta, Indonesia.

The Pathfinder originally arrived on the scene in two different bodies and shared numerous styling and features with the Nissan Hardbody Truck. Nissan wanted to compete with the likes of the new Chevy Blazer, the Jeep Cherokee and the Ford Bronco so the Pathfinder was constructed on a ladder-type frame. The first generation WD21 Pathfinders was offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations and until 1989 they came with a two-door body. The Pathfinder grew to a four-door body in the U.S. early on in 1990, and though some US models came in 2-door bodies, they were quite rare. To make the 4-door version look like a 2-door truck with a camper shell, Nissan designed the door handles to be concealed as part of the 'C' pillar trim, with the conventional door handles on the front doors. Today this design theme is still used on all Nissan SUVs, including the Xterra and the Armada.

Until 1990 the 2-door Pathfinder was available in Canada. Until 1989 the model was available with either the Nissan VG30i 3.0 L V6, or the Nissan Z24i 2.4 L I4. The V6 was upgraded in 1990 from throttle body injection to a multi point fuel injection system. This power plant was know as VG30E and was rated at 153 hp and 180 lb•ft of torque. The Z24i was also replaced with the KA24E in the same year. In various countries this first generation also came with a 2.7 L I4 Diesel Engine known as the TD27 with a turbocharger option to increase power rating.

In 1990 the Pathfinder underwent a revamp with the arrival of the 4-door model. Among the revisions was a revised front grille and a variety of interior trim level options along with numerous exterior packages being offered by dealerships. For 1993 the Pathfinder received a third brake light, and the following year a curved dashboard was introduced.

The second generation of the Pathfinder was introduced in 1996 until 2004. It debuted with a much more rounded styling design and a brand new redesign from the past generation. The model switched from body on frame construction to unibody construction. An engine upgrade this generation landed the Pathfinder with the VG33E with 168 hp and 196 lb•ft of torque.

1999 brought about another refresh of the lineup, and two years later a new 240 hp V6 engine, the VQ35DE was introduced. The Pathfinder grew larger in size through its facelift to make way for the very compact Xterra. The Japanese and European models continued to used diesel engines. The Pathfinder/Terrano model were not longer available for sale in Japan after 2002. Though the model is still available in North America, the Middle East and Europe.

For 2000 the Pathfinder underwent a pretty serious update that included a new front fascia two grille variants, rear fascia and the interior. Again in 2002 the car once again experienced a facelift that included adding the current Altima-lined Nissan logo along with a zestier grille. A new steering wheel and radio display was also added.

A whole new redesigned Pathfinder appeared at the 2004 North American International Auto Show for the 2005 model year. This was the third generation of the Pathfinder dubbed the R51 series from 2005 until 2012. The model used the Nissan F-Alpha platform, which returned the vehicle to a body on frame construction. This model is powered by a 4.0 L V6 engine VQ40DE, 288 lb•ft or a 2.5 L YD25DDTi, 403 N•m Turbo Diesel.

The full-size SUV Pathfinder Armada was introduced late during 2003. Despite sharing a common name the two models used different platforms and had very few similarities. In 2005 the 'Pathfinder' was dropped from its name, leaving it simply 'Armada'. Outside of North America the Pathfinder has been marketed as the 'Terrano'. Rising to International fame in 2005, the redesigned Pathfinder was sold worldwide, and for the first time in the UK. A third row of seats was added to the Pathfinder line for the first time in 2005. Unfortunately the 2005 thru 2010 models have been subject to a class action lawsuit due to cracks in the radiator that permit coolant to leak into the transmission which results in permanent damage. The only recourse is radiator and transmission replacement.

Introduced at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show was the redesigned 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. It sported newly updated badge positions on the rear lift-gate and the addition of the Titan's 5.6-liter V8 engine rated at 310 hp and 388 lb•ft. The Pathfinder was once again updated for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The model was now available with a Nissan 3.0-liter V6 Turbodiesel engine that produced 240 hp, 406 lb•ft at 2,500 rpm. Owners could choose an upgraded YD25DDTi Turbodiesel with power rising up to 140 kW – up 14 kW with torque increasing to 450 Nm. Certain markets offered a version of the engine with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The R51 Series remains manufactured and sold outside of the U.S.

To set them apart from their predecessors, the updated models received a new look in the front and rear that included a new hood, a new bumper assembly and an updated grille. Both models increased in length about 80 mm and featured a more rounded bumper. Xenon lamps received a new headlamp design with projectors. Hidden under body color moldings in the bumpers were headlamp washers that popped up. New 18' alloy wheels went well with the existing range of 16-inch and 17-inch designs. The V6 models received subtle V7 badge at the leading edge of both front doors and a new side molding across the doors.

Late in 2012 the fourth generation R52 Pathfinder series was introduced as a 2013 model. Completely redesigned the Pathfinder was once again on a unibody design, moved away from body-on-frame, truck-based SUV. The newest model rides on the same platform as the Altima, Maxima, Infiniti JX, Murano and Quest. Much like previous generations, the Pathfinder balanced nicely between luxury and truck-like rugged capability.

Nissan expects that this generation will have a twenty-five percent improvement in fuel-efficiency over previous years. Only offered with a VQ35DE 3.5-Liter V6 engine, the power plant produces 260 hp. In its segment the Pathfinder is currently one of the lightest vehicles, with the FWD model only weighing 4,149 pounds and the 4WD model weighing only 4,290 pounds. Door handles were a thing of the past for this generation. The R52 series is only available in the U.S.

Debuting at the 2013 New York Auto Show was the Pathfinder Hybrid. It is scheduled to go on sale in the early fall in 2013 and is available with a new 2.5 L I4 Supercharged engine.


By Jessica Donaldson
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