With its impressive fuel economy estimates, stylish cabin, and easy third-row ingress, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder remains a solid choice for anyone shopping for a seven-passenger crossover SUV. In overall though, you might find come of its competitors appealing. Its date of release according to various pundit’s reports should be anticipated during the 2nd Q of 2017.
The 2017 Pathfinder appeal is further taken a notch higher with its premium interior design, user-friendly electronics interface, easy ingress and egress, good fuel economy, and impressive performance.
Although its ageing is slowly creeping, the vehicle remains a top choice for seven-passenger SUV’s shoppers. Three years ago marked its evolutionary journey after duping its track-based roots for a more civilized and family-friendly unibody underpinnings. After the surgical operation, the Pathfinder gained a solid V6 power, and a well-trimmed interior. But that was then, well, for 2017, the vehicle is still offering the same features but now with a bit of modernity and appeal.
Interior wise, the build quality and materials are nothing to complain about as they are among the industry’s best. Although several add-ons come for an extra, the standard model as it is, is competitive. But frankly speaking, we think some of the technologies and equipment should be provided as standard amenities. For instance, buyers who opt for the base model will have to either forget about Bluetooth connectivity or get it for an extra.
Some disappointments to expect in the Pathfinder include a modest cargo volume, no advanced safety features, and limited third row space. Hopefully, the segment offer better-driving and well-appointed alternatives. They include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Dodge Durango, and the perennially successful 2017 Toyota Highlander.
Available Trims – 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
The seven-passenger 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is available in four trims: base S, SV, SL, and the plush and well-appointed platinum. The Pathfinder Hybrid is reviewed separately.
Interior Colors & Exterior Changes – 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
The base S trim bundles adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a six-way manual height-adjustable driver seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, auxiliary audio jack, a six-speaker premium sound system, a reclining 50/50-split third-row seat, automatic climate control (tri-zone), rear privacy glass, and a 60/40-split folding 2nd-row seats.
Upgrading to the SC trim gets you an eight-way power driver seat, keyless ignition and entry, automatic headlights, foglights, an auto-dimming steering wheel, remote start, a leather wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, an individual tire pressure display, satellite and HD radio, a front row hook, a USB input, and upgraded audio system.
Opting for the SL trim gets you chrome exterior accents, an adjustable height-power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated second-row and front rows, a heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring a four-way power passenger seat, and driver memory settings.
The optional Technology package available for the SL includes a 360-degree parking camera, a panoramic sunroof, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a DVD playback capability, an 8” touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio connectivity, and a navigation system.
At the top of the food chain is the Platinum trim. it comes equipped with a rear seat DVD entertainment system, ventilated front seats, a power adjustable steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, and leather upholstery.
2017 Nissan Pathfinder Engine Specs
Beneath its skin is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 260 hp and 240 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is routed to either the front wheels or optional four wheels via the Continuously Variable Transmission system. Opting for the AWD also gets you locking rear differential and hill descent control that fixes power distribution in a 50/50 front wheels to rear wheels fashion.
Test drives conducted by Edmunds yielded a lackluster 8.0 seconds for a 0-60 mph acceleration. Although it is too early to speculate about its fuel consumption, EPA projections for the 2016 model stand at 20/27/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the front wheel drive.
When fully loaded, it is expected the new Nissan Pathfinder for 2017 will achieve a maximum towing capacity of about 5,500 pounds.
2017 Nissan Pathfinder Price & Date Of Release
An MSRP starting from $29,830 is all you require to own one Pathfinder once it is made available. It is expected to be released during the 2nd Q of next year. The vehicle is also available on lease term before you finally decide to commit.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 6.2 in. (114.2 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 5.2 in. (197.2 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 5.2 in. (77.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 173.8 cu.ft
Cargo volume: 79.8 cu.ft
Curb weight: 4,189 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 7.2 sec
MPG: 20/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Arctic Blue Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Cayenne Red Metallic, Glacier White, Gun Metallic, Java Metallic, Magnetic Black Metallic, Midnight Jade Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 5000 lbs
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