The Nissan Pathfinder is another typical SUV but when I was researching the towing capacity, I was quite surprised by the ratings that were specified and thought that a resource guide was needed.
There wasn't much change in the towing specs for the Pathfinders over the years but the towing capacity did vary from generation to generation and it would be worth checking out what your specific model is capable of, just in case.
Overview of the Data For the Nissan Pathfinder:
Engine Choices: The engines did not differ much from 2000-2019 and in fact, most of the time a 6 cylinder was used, except for 2008-2012 models that did have a 8 cylinder option.
The engine that was equipped was not specified in any of the towing tables for the Pathfinders and it really didn't make all that much of a difference for the most part, except for those 2008-2012 models.
Configurations: There weren't many variations in the way of total capacity due to 2WD vs 4WD models but their was a big difference in capacity for 2000-2004 models when comparing the specs to manual vs automatic transmissions.
It was 1,500 lbs. which is a lot more towing capability and can make a huge difference in what you can pull.
Towing Capacity: The towing capacity for the Nissan Pathfinders was pretty similar from 2000-2019 and really didn't differ much. The towing capacity ranged from 3,500 lbs. to 7,000 lbs. all-in-all but the average capacity for most models hovered around 5,000-6,000 lbs.
The towing capacity for the Nissan Pathfinder's made from 2017-2019 was an even 6,000 lbs. maximum, with a max. tongue weight of 600 lbs. The maximum GCWR was set at 11,000 lbs. even for the model, making calculations fairly simple.
There were no engines specified in the 2017-2019 Pathfinder towing charts, as you can see but they are equipped with a 3.5L (V6).
It is important to note that for model years 2017-2019, Nissan requires that a trailer that weighs over 3,500 lbs. must have it's own braking system installed in order to safely tow the load with your Pathfinder.
The maximum towing capacity for the 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinders was set at the 5,000 lb. mark, according to the owner's manuals, which is quite a bit lower than the 2017-2019 and 2008-2012 models.
With 10% of that load being 500 lbs., that was the maximum tongue weight that was suggested, along with a lower GCWR of 10,000 lbs.
The 2008-2012 Nissan Pathfinders had a little bit different towing capacity from other years, set at 6,000 lbs. and 7,000 lbs. maximum weight. The difference is due to the engine configuration, one being a V6 and the other being a V8 model.
The max. tongue weights are set at that normal 10% figure and the GCWR was also different, set at 11,133 lbs. for the V6 model and 12,570 lbs. for the V8 model.
Nissan Pathfinders that were made from 2005-2007 had the same towing capacity (6,000 lbs. max.) for both the 2WD and 4WD models.
The maximum tongue weight was also the same at 600 lbs. max. and the GCWR was set at 11,133 lbs. max.
The 2000-2004 Nissan Pathfinders had a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. maximum for models equipped with manual transmissions and a 5,000 lb. max. towing capacity for automatic transmissions.
The tongue weight limits were set at the 10% mark yet again, having a maximum weight for manual transmissions set at 350 lbs. and 500 lbs. max. for automatic transmissions.
The GCWR was set at 8,000 lbs. and 9,500 lbs., the lower rating for the manual transmission models and the higher one for models equipped with the automatic transmission.
It is important to note that some model years have different recommendations when towing trailers over specific weights.
Some examples of this are when towing a trailer over 5,000 lbs., a weight distributing hitch is needed or a brake system on the trailer needs to be equipped if the weight is over 3,500 lbs. and so on.
Refer to your Pathfinder's owner's manual for specif requirements on certain trailer weight accessory requirements.
Resources For The Nissan Pathfinders That May Come In Handy:
Below is a list of all of the Nissan Pathfinder owner's manuals that I found online and gathered data from to get all of the needed information on the Pathfinder's towing specs. Other people might find it useful as well.
- 2020 Owner's Manual
- 2019 Owner's Manual
- 2018 Owner's Manual
- 2017 Owner's Manual
- 2016 Owner's Manual
- 2015 Owner's Manual
- 2014 Owner's Manual
- 2013 Owner's Manual
- 2012 Owner's Manual
- 2011 Owner's Manual
- 2010 Owner's Manual
- 2009 Owner's Manual
- 2008 Owner's Manual
- 2007 Owner's Manual
- 2006 Owner's Manual
- 2005 Owner's Manual
- 2004 Owner's Manual
- 2003 Owner's Manual
- 2002 Owner's Manual
- 2001 Owner's Manual
- 2000 Owner's Manual