Used Nissan Pathfinder (2005 - 2014) Costs

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 07 Mar 2014
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3 out of 5

Running costs

You'll get an average fuel consumption figure of around 31mpg from the diesel but only 24mpg in town, but nevertheless overall Nissan Pathfinder running costs are acceptable. From late 2006 the diesel engine was modified to ensure it met the latest emissions rules which made it slightly thirstier. Insurance ranges from group 13 for S and SE trim levels (also for the later Trek and Sport models) and group 14 for SVE and T-Spec (and later Aventura diesel).

V6 engines have group 16 insurance. Servicing at Nissan dealers is good value but maintenance intervals of 9,000 miles are quite short. From the 2010 model year changes, the Pathfinder averages 33.2mpg and emits 224g/km of CO2. That means it slips into VED Band K. Opt for the auto though fuel consumption climbs to 31.4mpg and 238g/km of CO2. That means the pricy VED Band L.

Both cars attract the maximum 35% rate of company car tax. So how does that compare with some its competition? Not too well. The automatic-only Land Cruiser averages a few miles more per gallon at 34.9mpg while emitting 214g/km of CO2. That means it's eligible for the same road tax banding but it slips into the lower 34% company car tax banding.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£2,909 - £2,909 *


£1,805 - £2,206 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 128p and diesel 131p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

9,000 miles.


Three years/60,000 miles.

Road tax (12 months)

£325.00 - £570.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

It might not come as a surprise that Nissan Pathfinder emissions are high. The Pathfinder may now only come with a diesel engine but it is still a polluting model. The dCi unit emits 224g/km of CO2 and averages 33.2mpg. Opting for the automatic sees CO2 rise to 238g/km and economy fall to 31.4mpg.

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