2012 Nissan Pathfinder Press Kit: At a Glance

2012 Nissan Pathfinder Press Kit: At a Glance

Its iconic status was secured with its original groundbreaking, category defining design. Now more than 25 years and several generations later, the Nissan Pathfinder remains an authentic, rugged yet civilized SUV ready for everyday use and family adventures. Pathfinder’s first-class style, which includes a high level of available premium features, combines with a durable, truck-based platform and a choice of two powerful engines to reward owners with both functionality and rugged durability.

The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder is available in 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations and in five models: S V6, SV V6, Silver V6, LE V6 and LE V8 (4×4 only). Enhancements for the new model year include the addition of a an optional power moonroof and DVD mobile entertainment system on the Silver model, standard navigation system on LE models and one new exterior color: Brilliant Silver (replaces Silver Lightning).

Pathfinder’s 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 388 lb-ft of torque, which helps it to achieve 7,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped). The proven 4.0-liter V6 offers 266 horsepower and 288 lb-ft of torque. All 2012 Pathfinders are built on a high-strength, fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the full-size Nissan Armada SUV design.

Inside, the refined Pathfinder interior offers a range of amenities, including available leather-appointed seating, heated steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key®, Nissan Navigation System, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

Highlights of the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder include:


  • 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)
  • Standard fog lights (except S)
  • Standard auto on/off headlights (except S)
  • Available heated outside mirrors
  • Available body color side moldings with chrome inserts
  • Available power moonroof (Silver, LE)
  • Seven available exterior colors – new Brilliant Silver, plus carryover colors Super Black, Dark Slate, Red Brick, Avalanche, Espresso Black 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, SV, Silver and LE V6); 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
  • Available XN All-Mode part-time 4-wheel drive system (S, SV, LE V6)
  • Standard All-Mode automatic 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/AUTO/4HI/4LO modes, electronically controlled transfer case (LE V8 model)
  • Standard tow hitch
  • Up to 7,000 pound towing capacity with LE V8 model, up to 6,000 pounds with V6 models (when property equipped)

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 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 (SV)
  • 17-inch polished aluminum-alloy with P265/65R17 OWL – BFGoodrich Long Trail tires (Silver)
  • 18-inch polished 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)
  • Available heated steering wheel (standard on LE models)
  • Gated shifter design (all models except S-V6)
  • Standard 2nd and 3rd row fold-down seats with 7-passenger seating
  • Available Nissan Navigation System
  • Available Nissan Intelligent Key® (Silver and 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)
  • Available fold-down front passenger seat (SV only)
  • 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 (standard on LE models)
  • Power-adjustable foot pedals (all models except S)
  • 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 RearView Monitor
  • Available DVD video entertainment system (Silver and LE models)
  • 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 sensor 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
  • Standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Available in 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations and in five models: S V6, SV V6, Silver V6, LE V6 and LE V8 (4×4 only)
  • Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna Decherd Tennessee Plant

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