The Pathfinder seems outdated by many standards these days and there is no doubt that a complete overhaul will happen in the near future. Most likely, it will happen in about two years, which indicates that the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder will probably be the last model year of the current generation. This means we shouldn’t expect to see bigger changes in this case. Most likely, we will only see a couple of tweaks in terms of standard equipment. The rest is about to remain untouched.
Once a genuine Bof SUV, the Pathfinder is a crossover these days. The current generation switched to a unibody platform, but the model actually kept some of its characteristics, especially when it comes to utility. This model features some of the highest towing ratings in the class but has a couple of more things to offer as well. This particularly refers to the powerful engine, which features quite a decent fuel economy at the same time. Also, the cabin is quite roomy. On the other side, there many things that make this model outdated, starting from a firm ride, outdated dashboard design, lack of modern tech features etc.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder shouldn’t change, as it will probably represent the last production year of the current generation. This means you may count on a good-old D platform, which offers a lot of interior space but doesn’t deliver particularly smooth ride. The current generation still feels a little bit SUV-ish by today’s standards. On the other side, the overall appearance seems okay. The overall shape is a little boxier than you would actually expect from a modern crossover, but the overall impression is actually pretty good. Also, the front face has been updated a couple of years ago, so you may count on a relatively fresh iteration of the famous V-motion grille.
When it comes to interior design, the current model is a bit of a mixed bag. On one side, there is a little bit outdated interior design. This particularly refers to the dashboard, which looks SUV-ish and seems like it takes a lot of inspiration from BoF models like Armada. Also, most materials are hard plastics, which isn’t something you would expect from a modern crossover.
On the other side, we like the fact that there is a quite decent amount of legroom and overall interior space. With more than 114 inches in wheelbase, the Pathfinder is still bigger than many competitors. The first and the second row are pretty generous, while the third also seems quite decent and can accommodate adult passengers as well. In terms of cargo space, you may count on about 16 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall cargo space goes around 79.5 cubic feet. Those are pretty typical ratings for the class.
This is where we could see a couple of novelties in the next year. Still, we presume that most of the things will remain the same. So, base models should come with 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, which seems more than decent. Still, don’t count on modern tech goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. In higher trims, you can also get goodies like navigation, a 13-speaker Bose stereo, rear-seat monitors etc.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Additionally, you can get things like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system etc.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
Things will definitely remain the same under the hood of 2021 Nissan Pathfinder. You may count on a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which in this case delivers quite respectable 285 horsepower. The engine comes with a CVT gearbox, which has a highly positive effect on fuel economy, as this crossover returns around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is better compared to most rivals. Also, this engine offers pretty strong numbers in terms of towing capacity. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6.000 pounds, which are some of the highest ratings in the class.
2021 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
Considering that we are talking about probably the last model year of the current generation and if we consider that there are no bigger changes to come, the 2021 Nissan Pathfinder should hit the market in the last quarter of the year. Also, we don’t expect to see bigger changes in terms of the price, so base models should go slightly under 32.000 dollars.