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Despite the rumors about the possible 2021 Nissan Pathfinder redesign, the latest reports are suggesting that the current generation is about to remain in production for another year or two. Those are the latest reports about one of the oldest mid-size crossovers on the market. The current generation has been around since 2012, which is quite a long time for today’s standards. Still, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. The Pathfinder still has a couple of strong points.
Although it may look outdated in terms of aesthetics and interior look, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will be a quite practical vehicle. Besides the spacious cabin, it will also offer a powerful engine and good towing capacity. Also, count on a quite decent list of standard equipment, as well as on a quite large cargo area. Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we expect to see this model on the market in a typical time of year.
How Spacious Is the Pathfinder?
When it comes to size and proportions, the Pathfinder is a typical mid-size crossover. With slightly over 114 inches in wheelbase, you may count on typical interior space. There are three quite comfortable rows of seats, as well as a decent cargo area.
When it comes to the first row, there are almost 42 inches of legroom, which is more than enough for a decent comfort. Moreover, this model features some of the best seats in the class, which are massive and supportive, perfect for long rides. The second row is also quite generous in space. You may count on slightly under 40 inches of legroom and a comfortable rear bench as well. The third row is typically tight for the class. With 30.7 inches of legroom, it seems okay for shorter rides but generally, it is best to be left for the kids.
The cargo area is also quite spacious. This crossover offers more than 16 cubic feet behind the third row and nearly 80 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume. Those are pretty much average numbers for the class.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Styling and Interior Design
This is where Pathfinder gets most critics. Once a capable SUV, this model switched to a unibody platform in 2012. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any particular change since then. There was an update a couple of years ago, but the model essentially looks the same. Although a crossover now, it features a quite boxy, SUV-like shape, while the front end definitely looks outdated. The Pathfinder would look nice if we are in 2010. Today, it looks way outdated.
The same thing goes for interior design. Although the cabin is spacious and comfortable, and materials are fine, the dashboard design definitely belongs to another era of the automotive industry. It looks way too SUV-ish, while the lack of modern hi-tech features is also notable.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
This will definitely remain one of the strongest points of the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder. The new model will carry on with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on a pretty solid acceleration and overall performance. Moreover, this crossover features some of the highest towing ratings in the class. When properly equipped, this model can tow up to 6.000 pounds.
Many drivers don’t like a CVT gearbox, but the one that comes in pair with this engine may look okay, as it simulates traditional automatic transmission shifts. Also, you may count on typical advantages of the CVT gearbox, which primarily refers to the aspect of fuel economy. This crossover returns quite respectable 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
When it comes to standard equipment, we don’t expect that many things will change in the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder. Base models will carry on with a familiar list that includes things like an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, and tri-zone climate control. In higher trims, you can also get features like navigation, premium audio system and more.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with systems like rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, and adaptive cruise control are available.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
The 2021 Nissan Pathfinder release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of 2020. We don’t expect bigger changes in terms of the price, which currently starts at around 32.000 dollars. AS we already mentioned, some reports suggest a complete redesign, but we are pretty sure that this won’t happen so soon. Simply, there are no 2021 Nissan Pathfinder spy shots nor official confirmation at this point.