Used Nissan Pathfinder (2005 - 2014) Safety & Reliability

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 07 Mar 2014
Believe it or not, not everyone buys a big 4x4 to climb kerbs at Tesco. Some people actually need a big strong 4x4.

4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

Nissan Pathfinder safety is good. In official Euro NCAP crash tests the Pathfinder was awarded four stars out of five for adult occupant protection. This is average for a large 4x4 and on par with cars such as the Mitsubishi Outlander and Land Rover Discovery. All models get driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags along with ESP+ (a combination of ABS, an electronic stability programme and traction control) plus all seats have three-point seatbelts.

From late 2006 the Pathfinder also comes with hill descent control which helps it crawl down steep hills at a snail's pace.

2.5 out of 5


While Nissan's reliability record is usually good, the Pathfinder shares its platform with a generation of Navara pickup that has been acknowledged by Nissan to suffer from chassis corrosion (rust) that can become severe if left untreated. In some cases this has resulted in the understructure cracking and even failing completely.

Nissan has confirmed that a small number of Pathfinders have also been affected, so we would strongly advise having the undersides of any Pathfinder you’re considering buying checked over by a professional. Examine service and MOT history carefully for signs of previous repairs as well.

Car check problem points


Check the chassis for corrosion - an issue was reported whereby the Navara - based on the same platform as the Pathfinder - could in some circumstances 'snap in half' due to severe chassis rust. For complete peace of mind, visit your Nissan dealer where they'll check and fix this problem for free.


No problems reported.


A recall in 2005 where the propshaft may actually detach from the vehicle. More than 5,000 Pathfinder and Navara models were affected. Another recall in 2006 where steering control may be lost due to a potential fault with a steering shaft joint. This time, more than 7,500 cars were affected.