Some cars and trucks just have great names. No random alphanumeric sequences. No made up words like Catera or Azera. Are those cars or prescription drugs? And one of the greatest names of all time is Pathfinder. A Pathfinder is rugged, tough, and intelligent. It will take you anywhere you want to go. It’s what dreams are made of. Pure fantasy. Forget the office, Martha — we’re going on an adventure.
Nissan first introduced the Pathfinder in 1987 as an off-road-ready SUV with a tough look and a daring disposition. Somewhere along the line, the Pathfinder became more domesticated, growing a third-row seat, a smoother ride, and more luxurious accommodations. It also became one of Nissan’s most popular SUVs. Last year, Nissan gave the Pathfinder a redo with a revised look, a new more powerful engine, and more safety features, and today it competes in the ever-expanding seven-passenger three-row SUV segment. Its main competition includes a long list of popular models like the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, and Mazda CX-9.