Autoblog reviews the 2011 Pathfinder and has this to say:
Unlike many of its brethren, the Pathfinder eschews a solid rear axle for a four-wheel independent suspension. You’d think that would equal a smooth ride on the highway, but that’s not the case. In fact, the Pathfinder rides like the truck it is, no doubt due in part to its fully boxed steel frame. Even small bumps in the road send loud thumps through the chassis and into the occupant’s tailbones.
Once upon a time, the Pathfinder was a great vehicle. However, it’s time has passed. It hasn’t seen a major update since 2005. Body on frame midsize SUV’s are pretty much dead in the water – the rise of the CUV has shown that to be true. The fact is, people don’t need to go off-roading while towing huge loads. All that capability gives it poor road manners and too much weight.
The only positive thing I will say about the Pathfinder is that the engine is magnificent. The 4.0 liter VQ V6 is a monster, and is one of the best V6’s in the world. That doesn’t even come close to making up for the Pathfinder’s shortcomings, though.