Nissan Pathfinder Trims


The seven-passenger 2019 Nissan Pathfinder has a lot going for it. With more interior volume than the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, or Toyota Highlander, as well the lowest base MSRP in that group, it should be a natural consideration for anyone shopping for a three-row SUV. This year’s Pathfinder also packs in more standard safety technology than ever before and boasts the highest possible safety ratings from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Its four trim levels – the S, SV, SL, and Platinum – are all offered in a choice of the standard front-wheel or optional four-wheel drive. Each trim has its own set of included features and comforts, which expand as the level rises. We’ll run through each of the trims and their highlights below.


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The S Trim

The most affordable Pathfinder version contains everything you need for safe, comfortable road trips and daily driving, plus a little more. The EZ FLEX Seating System makes it easy to maneuver passengers between the second and third rows, or to split and fold those bench seats to accommodate oversized cargo. With three separate zones of automatic climate control, everyone stays as warm or cool as they wish, and the in-cabin air filter keeps them breathing cleanly. The NissanConnect infotainment system has an 8-inch touchscreen for controlling your music, information, and apps, and there are six USB ports in the vehicle. Roof rails come standard, and they can be accessorized for transporting extra cargo or sporting equipment that may not fit inside the vehicle. Standard safety features on the S are highlighted by a rear sonar system, backup camera, automatic emergency braking, and a reinforced body with crumple zones and steel door beams.

The SV Trim

The next-highest trim, the SV, gets remote start and the exterior upgrades of automatic “smart” headlights and fog lights. Inside the SV, there’s a power driver’s seat, and leather-wrapping on the steering wheel and shift knob. This trim is eligible for the heating option on the front seats, steering wheel, and exterior side mirrors. The infotainment system stays the same, but the safety factor is increased with the addition of adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, and a blind spot monitor. The tire pressure monitoring system also conveniently shows readings for the individual tires (whereas the base trim’s system just gives a general alert of an improperly inflated tire).

The SL Trim

At this level, the leather seats come in, as well as LED projector headlights, stainless-steel kick plates, a hands-free rear liftgate, the Nissan navigation system, and power-adjustable lumbar support and a memory feature for the driver’s seat; the front passenger seat receives basic four-way power-adjustability. Heated side exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals are now standard, as are heated first- and second-row outboard seats and steering wheel.

Top of the Heap: the Platinum Trim

The loaded Platinum trim offers a sweet list of amenities all around, including a Bose audio system with Acoustic Waveguide Technology and 13 speakers. The front seats are now perforated leather with a cooling feature, and there’s a dual-panel panoramic moonroof to brighten the cabin. Other standard features at this level are a tow-hitch receiver with a seven-pin wiring harness, chrome body side moldings, and steering wheel memory.