The Nissan Pathfinder was introduced in 1985 as a compact sport utility vehicle, and it has since grown into a midsize SUV and now a midsize crossover SUV. It has been one of the most popular sport utilities in the United States, earning a reputation for offroad capability, durability and dependability. The first-generation of the Nissan Pathfinder was a two-door SUV based on the Nissan Hardbody pickup truck to compete with other small SUVs on the market at the time. The Pathfinder was one of the first vehicles in the SUV or pickup truck segment to offer shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, allowing the driver to shift into four-wheel drive as the vehicle was moving.
The Pathfinder underwent some facelifts during the first decade before the second-generation appeared in 1995. The Nissan Pathfinder at this point became a more refined crossover built with unibody construction and no longer related to the pickup truck line. A facelift in 2001 saw this Nissan Pathfinder grow in size and receive a larger, and popular, V6 engine. It was in that year that the smaller, still truck-based Nissan Xterra was introduced as an SUV fitting below the Pathfinder.
The most popular Nissan Pathfinder on the used car market is the third-generation (R51 series), produced from 2005 to 2014. The Pathfinder returned to a body-on-frame construction method. This larger, more family-friendly, and more capable Pathfinder proved to be a popular choice among SUV buyers. It shares components with the Nissan Titan, Armada, and other trucks and SUVs in the Nissan lineup. In 2008, the third-generation Nissan Pathfinder saw a facelift and extension of its wheelbase to bring the styling up to date and has continually received interior updates to match trends in the market.
The Nissan Pathfinder tends to retain value fairly well as trade-ins and used options are not as plentiful as are some other, similar SUVs, due to owner retention rates for the Pathfinder.
There are 8,250 used Nissan Pathfinders in our used car listings, including the Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra and Nissan Maxima. 53% of these vehicles have only one previous owner and 84% have no accident history.