The new generation of the Pathfinder SUV brought a lot of changes. The vehicle is redesigned, but some things remain the same. For example, the only engine choice is a 3.5-liter V6. For the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder, we see the expansion in the powertrain sector. A hybrid system is a logical choice. Another option we see in the mid-size segment is a V8. But, Nissan is looking to cut a 5.6-liter unit from the rest of the lineup.
Besides the engine lineup upgrade, the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is not getting any other significant change. The company is carrying over the trim levels and packages. A few more accessories might be added to each bundle and optional additions. The price also stays put for the existing versions. A limited-time offer and trims might be a good ad for the SUV. The competition in the mid-size three-row segment is fierce.
2024 Nissan Pathfinder V6 Specs
Under the hood of the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is still a 3.5-liter V6 engine with the same outputs. But, the company did revisit the system. Instead of the CVT transmission, the configuration offers a nine-speed automatic gearbox. For now, buyers seem happy with the change. A smoother gear change seems to be the only improvement. The outputs of the engine are still 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. It is not bad, since those numbers are expected from the mid-size three-row SUV.
Gas Mileage and Towing Capacity
The fuel economy didn’t get a notable improvement. If you use a front-wheel drive, the Pathfinder returns 21/26 mpg. With the previous transmission, the SUV could do 20/27 miles per gallon. All-wheel drive is optional and makes the vehicle consume more gas (20/25 mpg, compared to 19/26 on the previous model). The towing capacity stays put. The 2024 Pathfinder will be one of the best haulers in the class with 6,000 pounds. Most other SUVs with a V6 can do up to 5,000 lbs. This is a surprise since the Pathfinder is not riding on the ladder frame.
2024 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
One of the additions we expect for the new season is another drivetrain option. The SUV is too big for a turbo-four system. But, the company is about to follow the latest trends in the automotive industry and launch the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. There are more of such systems in the mid-size seven-seat class. To stay competitive, the SUV will definitely need a hybrid setup. Electric batteries will fix one of the biggest downsides – the gas mileage. Also, more power can be squeezed from the system. Still, not everything is as easy as it sounds. The technology is not cheap, and the Pathfinder hybrid needs to keep the performance at the same level.
Which 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is the Best?
The carmaker kept the traditional packages for the new SUV. But, the features are reshuffled and we can find a lot of novelties all across the lineup. So, there are 4 trim levels available for the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder: S, SV, SL, and Platinum.
The entry version offers 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, proximity keyless entry and three-zone automatic climate control. The 8-inch display is the center of the infotainment system, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services.
The Pathfinder SV builds on the previous trim and adds remote start, heated mirrors and heated front buckets. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and the driver’s seat comes with a power adjusting system. The SV also offers adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping assist. The Premium package is available and adds a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate and captain’s chairs in the middle row. With the Tow-prep kit, the Pathfinder hauls 6,000 lbs.
The next one is the SL trim that adds a power liftgate to the list of standard features. The interior is premium with the leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. The touchscreen display is larger and navigation is part of the SL package. The Premium package is also an option here, with larger wheels, heated rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof as notable upgrades.
Top of the Class Model: Platinum Trim
For now, the best from the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is coming with the Platinum package. Even if the company decides to launch a limited edition, it won’t top this offer. The Platinum model includes all the features from the SL, including the Premium upgrade. Genuine leather upholstery is something new, as well as the ambient lighting, power-folding mirrors, and the hands-free liftgate. More USB ports are added, as well as the HUD.
2024 Nissan Pathfinder Price
The MSRP of the existing units in the lineup stays put. That means the most affordable 2024 Nissan Pathfinder S is going to cost just under $36,000. The SV adds $3,000 and the price of the SL exceeds $40,000. The Platinum version might bring more features, making it cost $50,000+ before you add anything to the high-end model.
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