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2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
27

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Overview

The standard features of the Nissan Pathfinder S include 3.5L V-6 284hp engine, 2-speed Xtronic CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2017 Nissan
Pathfinder SUV

Starting at: $30,290

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    Financing Offer : 0.0% APR for 36 months on select Nissan Pathfinder models

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    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 36 monthly payments of $27.78 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.0% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $41.67 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26.03 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $24.2 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.22 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $17.05 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $14.71 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    $1,500 cash back on select 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 15 deg
  • Departure angle - 22 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 178mm (7.0")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 16 deg
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest - w/storage
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - bench
  • Reclining 3rd row seat
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 284hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Engine torque - 259 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 96.0mm x 81.0mm (3.78" x 3.19")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,947kg (4,292lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,715kg (5,985lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 2,722kg (6,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,042mm (198.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,961mm (77.2")
  • Exterior height - 1,768mm (69.6")
  • Wheelbase - 2,901mm (114.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.9m (19.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,074mm (42.3")
  • Rear legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • 3rd row legroom - 780mm (30.7")
  • Front headroom - 1,072mm (42.2")
  • Rear headroom - 1,001mm (39.4")
  • 3rd row headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,443mm (56.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,425mm (56.1")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,067mm (42.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,542mm (60.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,534mm (60.4")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,450mm (57.1")
  • Passenger volume - 3,398L (120.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 453 L (16 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,260 L (80 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Roof rack - rails only
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 284hp @ 6,400RPM
  • Torque - 259 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - continuously variable automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 23mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/65TR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/65TR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear - RearView Monitor yes

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV S Search New $30,290   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  20 / 27  
S 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV S Search New $31,980   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  19 / 26  
SV 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SV Search New $32,980   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  20 / 27  
SV 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SV Search New $34,670   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  19 / 26  
SL 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SL Search New $36,100   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  20 / 27  
SL 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SL Search New $37,790   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  19 / 26  
Platinum 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Platinum Search New $42,070   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  20 / 27  
Platinum 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Platinum Search New $43,760   284-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  continuously variable auto  19 / 26  

Reviews

Driving Impression

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

Nissan says that 57 percent of the parts are new in the 3.5-liter V6, totally believable, with direct injection instead of port injection, electronic variable valve timing, new air intake system, and a mirror-bore coating process for the cylinder walls to reduce friction. Compression climbs from 10.3:1 to 11:1. It takes these kinds of changes to increase horsepower by about 10 percent, to 284, and torque nearly the same, to 259 pound-feet.

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is unchanged, and we have mixed feelings on it. Nissan’s D-Step shift logic enables the CVT to mimic the distinct shifts of an automatic, which is good, as it removes most of the high revving of a CVT. But it’s sometimes slow to respond. When it’s been running casually at low revs for a while, and you suddenly need power, the CVT won’t quickly allow the engine to give it to you.

Which is a shame, because we like the new engine and want to feel it more. Nissan says it’s about .2 seconds quicker from zero to sixty, and we guess that time to be around 6.5 seconds, pretty quick for an SUV of this weight.

The suspension has been stiffened, with the front shocks 11 percent stiffer and the rears 7 percent stiffer. The front struts get rebound springs, and the rear rebound springs are 25 percent stiffer.

The changes work. The ride is still comfortable, and the handling is more controlled, as the new suspension reduces body lean a bit. The hydraulic-electric power steering is fairly quick and well-weighted, and it has decent on-center feel. There’s some torque steer in front-wheel-drive models, but not in the all-wheel-drive versions, which send most of the power to the front wheels until it’s needed in back for traction or stability. The driver can select front-wheel drive only, maximizing fuel efficiency, or a locked all-wheel-drive mode to distribute power equally front and rear. Meanwhile, the system moves power from side to side, as needed.

The Pathfinder has less ground clearance than a Subaru Outback (whose CVT is the best), but it handles ruts with stability, while the locking center differential provides more traction offroad than most rivals.

It’s easy to forget the Pathfinder is a big SUV. It’s lighter than some rivals, and feels it. Pitch the Pathfinder back and forth on choppy roads, and it will respond with better control than some rivals. However the low-rolling-resistance tires on some models (intended to improve fuel economy), both 18-inch and 20-inch, don’t have the grip that the chassis can handle. And the firmer suspension adds road feel, in particular over bumps, which might not be universally enjoyed, but it’s never harsh.

Nissan concentrated on reducing vibrations and road noise, and the result makes Pathfinder better than some others in the class. The CVT still drones a bit.

Walk Around

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
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The new front and rear fascia, including the bumpers, are blocky to make the Pathfinder look more like a truck. A bolder chrome grille completes the transition. The lines are otherwise like a car, with a long hood, raked windshield, flowing side creases with chrome touches, and upswept third window. The incongruous shapes somehow blend to make the Pathfinder look smaller than it is. You have to stand up against it to appreciate its enormity.

Interior Overview

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
“”

There’s more incongruity in the cabin, where a glossy dashboard meets semi-matte, soft-touch door panel material. The fabrics are unremarkable and the plastics are hard, smooth and textured; maybe durable and easy to clean, but not exactly lending an upscale feeling, despite some Infiniti influence in other places. For example the new NissanConnect infotainment system with the touchscreen’s pinch and swipe controls, tile icons, and connectivity.

There are only two interior colors, Charcoal and Almond.

The Pathfinder’s size allows for a lot of elbow room, while Nissan does a good job balancing the challenging objectives of comfort, access, space and especially storage. There’s a cupholder in each front door pocket, and two more in the center console along with two big trays; also many bins, map pockets on the backs of the front seats, no less than three bottle holders in each rear door, and cupholders on each side of the third row.

The comfortable front seats have good back support but little side bolstering, while the driver has a lot of adjustment. Our seat time included a long trip on the highway, and we have no complaints. The lack of bolstering doesn’t do a thing for cornering, but the Pathfinder isn’t a vehicle to be tossed around anyhow.

The bench seat in the second row slides back and forth 5.5 inches for legroom, as long as there’s no one in the third row. It slides and folds to gain access to the third row, with a feature that allows child seats to stay in place even while the seat partially collapses, a thoughtful feature moms and dads will love. The child seat system is called Latch and Glide. The kid doesn’t glide with it. The youngest children have to climb out, for the older children to reach the rear.

But the second row is still disappointing, as passengers might find themselves squirming to find comfort, because the rear seat demands a leaned-back, legs-splayed seating position. That seems to be the compromise for the ability to fold far forward for third-row access.

That third row is roomier than most, with short, flat cushions that sit quite low, providing headroom enough for early teens but not fully grown people. It actually rakes back a bit.

With both rows folded, the Pathfinder provides a big 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, still nothing like the massive 116.3 cubic feet in Chevrolet Traverse, but that’s a full-size SUV. With all the seats up, the Pathfinder has only 16 cubic feet behind the third row, (Traverse has 24.4 cubic feet), so when you go family grocery shopping for a week, leave the kids at home. But you’d do that anyhow.

Summary

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
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Significant changes for 2017, starting with a new V6, make the Pathfinder worth a fresh look. The CVT is the only transmission, better than most but not as good as the Subaru Outback’s. The interior has heavy plusses for function and significant minuses for style. If you need seven seats, it’s very good in that department.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

Editor:
Mitch McCullough
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2017 Nissan Pathfinder models include S ($29,990), SV, SL, and Platinum. Pathfinder SV ($32,680) comes well equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-inch touchscreen, HD radio, satellite radio with SiriusXM Travel Link, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Pathfinder SL ($35,700) gets rear park assist, blind-spot monitors, surround view, and rear cross-traffic alerts. The Pathfinder Platinum ($41,870) gets navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, panoramic sunroof, motion-activated power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, and active safety features including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning and emergency braking.

All-wheel drive will add just under $2000.

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