2017-nissan-pathfinder-reviewThe 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-sized SUV that has received a number of updates for the 2017 model year. It has seating for up to 7 people and is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The Pathfinder comes with a strong V6 engine and a good quality infotainment system. There’s plenty of cargo space although the ride quality can be a bit rough. The interior of the Pathfinder has been described as being lacklustre and the driving dynamics are dull. There’s also not a great deal of passenger space.

New upgrades for the 2017 model are changes to the exterior design including headlights and taillights. The engine is more powerful and the 8-inch touch screen now comes as standard.

Specs

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 3.5 liter V6 engine that makes 284 horsepower which is a little better than last year’s model which made 260 horsepower. It’s available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The engine is connected to an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

CVTs such as the one in the Pathfinder have had a few complaints such as whirring noises during acceleration and delayed power delivery. The Nissan Pathfinder doesn’t seem to be riddled with these same issues and reviewers say that it has good power delivery.

Driving in the Pathdfinder is ordinary. Some say it’s better than past years but that it doesn’t feel engaging and is more like driving a minivan. Acceleration is good with its powerful engine and extra horsepower. It has a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds.

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Interior

The 2017 Pathfinder has a mediocre interior with an excellent infotainment system. Interior space is smaller than you’d expect but it does come with a third-row of seating which is easy to access. Pathfinder’s rivals tend to offer more seating space for the other passengers.

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The Pathfinder has a five star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It includes a rearview camera as a standard feature. Other optional features are adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

Price

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has a MSRP of $29,990. It comes in four trims, the S, SV, SL and Platinum. All trims use the same 3.5 liter V6 engine that makes 284 horsepower. The SV comes with Blind Spot Warning, fog lights and leather appointed seats. It chas a starting price of $35,700. The top trim, the Platinum, comes with 20-inch allow wheels and intelligent cruise control. It has a starting MSRP of $41,870.

Alternatives

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a midsized SUV that unfortunately doesn’t stack up well against its competitors. Some better alternatives are the 2016 Nissan Murano, the 2016 Toyota Highlander or the 2016 Honda Pilot.