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At a Glance: 2009 Nissan Pathfinder



The popular Nissan Pathfinder, which expanded its lineup in 2008 with the addition of an available V8-engine, continues in the 2009 model year with revised packaging and equipment availability, including the addition of standard 18-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels on Pathfinder V6 LE models (previously standard on V8 LE models only). Other changes include the addition of standard side and curtain supplemental air bags on all models and a new auto door lock function. Two new exterior colors are also available for 2009.

With standard three-row seating and the choice of two powerful engines, Pathfinder again combines first-class amenities with rugged family adventure capabilities. The refined Pathfinder interior offers a range of amenities, including available leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key™ with twist start, Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

Pathfinder’s 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of toque, which helps it to achieve 7,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity. Also available is Pathfinder’s proven 266-horsepower 4.0-liter version of the award-winning Nissan VQ-series V6 engine. All Pathfinders continue to be built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SUV.

Highlights of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder include:

Body
  • Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs
  • Aggressive front and rear styling, including powerful hood, grille, front and rear bumpers, rear liftgate
  • Aggressive geometric fenders, angled strut-style grille
  • C-pillars with Nissan SUV signature high-mounted rear door handles
  • Highly functional roof rack with integrated front and rear grips
  • Available side running boards (standard on all trims except S)
  • Two new exterior colors (eight total) – Red Brick and Navy Blue


  • Engine and Driveline
  • 5.6-liter DOHC V8 producing 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque (LE-V8); aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, forged steel crankshaft, microfinished crankshaft and camshafts, graphite-coated pistons, 6-bolt main bearing caps, single-stage timing chain
  • 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque (S-V6, SE-V6, LEV6); aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons, Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), silent two-stage timing chain
  • Standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Available XN All-Mode part-time 4-wheel drive system (S, SE)
  • Available All-Mode automatic 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/AUTO/4HI/4LO modes, electronically controlled transfer case (LE V6, LE V8 models)
  • Standard tow hitch
  • Up to 7,000 pound towing capacity with LE V8 model, up to 6,000 pounds with V6 models


  • Suspension, Steering and Braking
  • High-strength F-Alpha platform - fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame
  • Independent all-steel double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Independent double-wishbone rear suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P245/75R16 (S)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/65R17 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (SE-V6)
  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/60R18 BFGoodrich BSW tires (LE V6, LE-V8)


  • Interior Features
  • 7-inch color multi-information display with available RearView Monitor (except S)
  • Illuminated switchgear (all models except S)
  • Available heated steering wheel (standard on LE models)
  • Gated shifter design with grip shifter (all models except S)
  • Standard 2nd and 3rd row flat-folding seats with 7-passenger seating
  • Available Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box hard drive
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key™ with twist start (available on LE models only)
  • Available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available 10-speaker Bose® audio system with 6CD autochanger (1CD with Navigation Package), MP3 capability and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
  • Fold-down front passenger seat (all models except S and LE), 40/20/40 split 2nd row seat with center reclining portion, 50/50 split 3rd row seat
  • Available leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row and 1st row power memory seats on SE-V6 (standard LE models)
  • Power-adjustable foot pedals (all models except S-V6)
  • Standard power windows with driver and front passenger auto-up/down and safety reverse
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear air conditioning (all models except S)
  • Available DVD video entertainment system
  • Wood-toned interior (LE models only)
  • Two available interior colors – Graphite and Cafe Latte


  • Safety and Security
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification with 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Standard supplemental front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
  • Standard roof-mounted supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows
  • 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants, including 2nd row center position
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)


  • Models and Manufacturing
  • Available in 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations and in four models: S-V6, SE-V6, LE-V6 and LE-V8 (4x4 only)
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd Tennessee Plant



  • Information via: Nissan USA
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