Overview

Marking the 30th year anniversary of the Nissan Pathfinder is the 2017 model year, which comes with a host of updates to keep it fresh midway through its third generation of production. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is available in five trims: S, SV, SL, Platinum, and Midnight Edition. It is designed as a midsize crossover SUV, symbolizing three decades of evolution in which the nameplate started as a smaller, compact SUV and grew into a midsize SUV by the mid-‘90s.

Interior

Possessing three rows large enough for up to seven people, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder provides 157.8 cubic feet of passenger volume. Standard cargo volume is measured at 16 cubic feet, even though you can expand it to 79.8 cubic feet by folding flat the second- and third-row seats. The second row in particular—consisting of a bench-style seat—is referred to as the EZ FLEX Seating System, due to not just its 60/40 split fold-flat ability, but the ability to slide forward and backward to create easy access to the third row. Speaking of the third row, it consists of a 50/50 split fold-flat reclining bench seat. Front seating consists of a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar, and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat. The SV is upgraded to 8-way power adjustability on the driver’s side, and the SL gets additional 4-way power on the front passenger seat and a position memory system for the driver’s seat. Also added on the SL are front-seat heating capability and full leather interior trim. Steering-wheel position memory, power lumbar support for the driver’s seat, second-row and steering-wheel heating capability, first-row cooling capability, and perforated leather covering for the first and second rows are present on the Platinum and Midnight Edition. More comfort and convenience are provided, at the base level, by features such as cruise control, Nissan’s 5-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display to curb distraction, NissanConnect integration of car functions (standard on all trims for the first time), three-month subscriptions to SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, a rearview camera, push-button ignition, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, and a six-speaker stereo system that includes HD Radio and an 8-inch multi-touch color display (also standard for the first time). A sonar-powered rear park assist system, the Nissan Intelligent Key (smart key) system, remote engine start, a remote garage door opener, and auto dimming on the rearview mirror are added on the SV. On the SL, Nissan replaces the rearview camera with a 360-degree camera. And on the Platinum and Midnight Edition, NissanConnect is extended with Navigation and Services, a three-month subscription to SiriusXM Traffic is added, and the six-speaker audio is replaced by a 13-speaker Bose stereo system with acoustic waveguide technology.

Exterior

The new Pathfinder rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels (if it’s the S, SV, or SL) or 20-inch aluminum wheels (if it’s the Platinum or Midnight Edition). The aptly-named Midnight Edition has its wheels painted black—complete with unique special-edition center caps. Also setting it apart from the other trims are a rear spoiler and side mirrors that are painted black, black splash guards, a chrome rear bumper protector, and illuminated kick plates. Base-level exterior features on the Pathfinder include a rear spoiler, roof rails, LED daytime running lights, and side mirrors that have power adjustability, heating capability, and LED turn-signal indicators. A motion-activated liftgate for the trunk and reverse tilt-down feature on the mirrors appear on the SL. And fog lights, a tow hitch receiver, a dual panel panoramic moonroof, and headlight auto control and LED low beams appear on the Platinum and Midnight Edition.

Mechanical

A MacPherson strut front suspension and an independent multi-link rear suspension—accompanied by dual stabilizer bars and Dual Flow Path shock absorbers—keep turbulence on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder to a minimum. Large four-wheel disc brakes—complete with brake assist, anti-locking, and electronic brake-force distribution—are on board to ensure that the Pathfinder stops quickly and efficiently. And electronic hydraulic power-assisted speed-sensitive steering keeps handling sharp and precise.

Powertrain

Replacing the longstanding VQ35DE for the latest Nissan Pathfinder is the VQ35DD: another 3.5-liter V6, albeit with an output of 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. The new V6 is chained to a continuously variable transmission for a smooth ride and optimizing fuel efficiency. Thanks to the revised powertrain, maximum towing capability has been increased to 6,000 lbs. Although front-wheel drive is standard on the Pathfinder, you can opt for the All-Mode 4x4-I intuitive four-wheel-drive system, which maximizes off-road capability. (It comes with hill descent control, in addition to the standard hill start assist control.)

Safety

The new Nissan Pathfinder counts electronic stability control, traction control, active brake limited slip, and front impact, side impact, and side curtain airbags among its standard safety features. Upgrade to at least the SL to add the following: blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and moving object detection. Intelligent forward emergency braking is reserved for just the Platinum and Midnight Edition trims.

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