Worst designed dipstick setup that I've seen in 30 years; same on my 2018. Perfect for introducing debris into your dipstick tube. I bent the dipstick slightly to introduce a curve, and it goes in a bit more smoothly. I'd like to get an aftermarket, cable-type dipstick for a more accurate reading.Worst dipstick ever
The dipstick on my 2017 Pathfinder is the the worst I've ever encountered.
I tried checking the oil while gassing up before our first road trip. With other vehicles, in the almost minute it takes to start pumping gas, the oil settles well enough to get a reading. I tried several times for a few minutes on the Pathfinder but just got a dipstick with oil well above the fill zone. After letting the Pathfinder sit overnight, I got a nice reading right at the top of the fill zone.
In addition to this problem, it is very difficult to get the dipstick back into the port. It is hard to see where it goes even in bright outdoor light. The bend in the dipstick makes it even hard to remove and insert.