The Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder Are About to Get Some Much Needed Updates

The current-generation Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder make up two of the brand’s oldest vehicles. Thankfully, the Frontier and Pathfinder will receive some major updates alongside one another on February 4. Expect the Pathfinder to begin to look like other popular Nissan models such as the Rogue. On the other hand, CarBuzz reports that the Frontier will borrow its styling from the Navara truck available in other global markets.

How old are the Nissan Frontier and Pathfinder?

2019 Nissan Frontier
2019 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

Believe it or not, the current-generation Nissan Frontier dates all the way back to 2004. Throughout its long life in the U.S. market, the truck hasn’t exactly received major updates. In 2020, Nissan decided to give its aging truck a new engine in the form of a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6. Additionally, the truck also received a brand-new nine-speed transmission.

Unfortunately, Car and Driver tested the truck and found that the updated powertrain didn’t change things in a meaningful way. In fact, the publication called it a “resto-mod,” alluding to how old the truck genuinely is.

On the other hand, the Nissan Pathfinder is significantly younger, debuting in 2013. Since then, the model has received some marginal updates but managed to look relatively unchanged. As far as midsized SUVs go, Consumer Reports ranked the 2020 Pathfinder relatively low on its list. Aside from a poor predicted reliability score, the Pathfinder also failed the predicted owner satisfaction rating.

As a result of these major flaws, both models have some serious grown to cover if they want to become competitive yet again in two of the most popular segments in the U.S. auto industry.

What are some of these new upgrades?

Nissan Pathfinder parked on street
Nissan Pathfinder

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If you’ve seen the brand-new Rogue, chances are you’ve seen some of the design elements destined for the brand-new Nissan Pathfinder. This is because CarBuzz reports that the new model will likely look quite similar to the other SUVs offered by the Japanese carmaker in the U.S.

However, the first massive change is expected to be the addition of a hybrid powertrain to the lineup. CarBuzz report that the current 3.5-liter V6 engine will likely carry over to the new model. Whether these changes are enough to revitalize consumer interest, only time will tell.

On the other hand, the Nissan Frontier seems like it will follow a familiar technique with a modern twist. According to CarBuzz, the brand-new Frontier will likely use the Navara truck as its base. As a result, the body-on-frame design will likely carry over into the new model.

Additionally, CarBuzz report that the recently introduced V6 engine will also continue with the new model. As a result, the current 2020 Frontier gives us a slight taste of the performance figures we can likely expect.

Are these models worth waiting for?

If you are about to pull the trigger on a current-generation Nissan Frontier or Pathfinder, you should stop immediately. According to CarBuzz, these brand-new models will officially arrive on February 4.

From there, it won’t take long for them to arrive in dealerships across the country. Given how popular the SUV and pickup truck segment are, Nissan will likely put in extreme efforts to get these new models on the road. As a result, these upgrades are absolutely worth waiting for.