2017 Nissan Pathfinder Review


The original Nissan Pathfinder was one of the first cars which sparked the entire SUV craze in North America. It’s always been a top contender in its respective segment, but with updates and changes being introduced with each subsequent model, Nissan has evolved the Pathfinder into a more daily driving, family friendly vehicle compared to its original rugged, off-road roots. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder sees substantial upgrades in the form of a more powerful engine, a mild facelift, better towing capacity, additional features, an improved steering and more evenly tuned suspension.

REDEFINING VERSATILITY

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder continues the trend of offering something slightly different and unique by being probably the only large, three-seater SUV which drives like a stationwagon rather than a large, cumbersome SUV. We mean that in the best way possible. The improved suspension offers amazing body roll control and incredible turn-in for a large SUV. The fact that Nissan has managed to keep the Pathfinder’s robust appearance and its off-road capabilities without compromising on-road performance is quite the accomplishment.

ENGINE & DRIVE

All models of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder are equipped with a 3.5L six cylinder engine. It’s Nissan’s own in-house developed engine, outputting 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission helps to keep the acceleration smooth, while also being more fuel efficient. The selectable 2WD, 4WD or Auto allows the CVT to distribute power accordingly.

Overall the 2017 Pathfinder is a pleasure to drive with smooth and effortless power, confident and precise handling and effortless cruising. The tight turning radius and around view monitor make for easy manoeuvrability despite the size of this three row SUV.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers some pretty impressive fuel economy considering the size of the vehicle. Posted rates of 12.4 L/100km in the city and 9.2 L/100km on the highway for the Platinum version we tested were right on the mark, as our 200km test drive yielded a combined fuel economy of 12.1 L/100km.

2017 sees the Pathfinder increase its maximum towing capacity to 6,000 pounds, a figure which very few large three row SUVs can match.

TRIM LEVELS

This large seven-seater SUV offers four different trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. If you’re just looking for a dependable daily driver or even a workhorse, the 2017 Pathfinder S or SV models make a lot of sense. They’re affordable and actually come with more features and equipment than what most of the competition offer on their higher-end models. Even the base S gets LED running lights, a tri-zone climate control, rearview camera, roof rails, keyless ignition, keyless entry, etc. The list goes on and on.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more however, you can have the SL or even the flagship Pathfinder Platinum. The SL comes with the most advanced safety systems such as hill-descent control, rear cross-traffic alert and the like, but also includes the bump up to leather upholstery and better quality interior materials. It’s definitely the luxury version of the SV with many added features. The Platinum however, blows all other trims out of the water when it comes to equipment. It adds LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and ventilated seats. It can also be equipped with an optional Family Entertainment package with two 8-inch touchscreen displays mounted on the headrest, a DVD player and USB and HDMI ports.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The fact that the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers genuine off-road capabilities in addition to being an already great road car places it above the competition. It’s the only option if you’re after an SUV of its caliber, and we highly suggest you take one for a test drive to check out the interior versatility and see just how great the drive feels. You’ll definitely be impressed.

The two wheel drive base model S starts at $32,498, while the top of the line Platinum model is priced at $48,478 and includes all the available options.


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About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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