2017 Nissan Pathfinder

#55
in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL
$30,290 - $43,760 See Inventory Prices

7.7

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Probably the most distinctive feature about the Pathfinder lineup is that each newer facelift issignificantly dissimilar from the previous. Naturally, the Nissan Pathfinder SUV didn't break the convention. Historically, Nissan Pathfinder has been one of the forerunners during the American SUV craze upsurge. Presently, the new incarnation of the Nissan Pathfinder tries, and struggles, to keep up with the rapidly changing SUV trends.

The SUV flaunts a mighty 3.5L V6 engine. It delivers an impressive 284 hp ofpower and an acceptable 259 lb.-ft. of torque. It relies on a CVT automatic transmission.


7.6/10
Features

 

7.1/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.6/10
Exterior

 

7.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV competes with the likes of Traverse LS and Pilot LX. JeepGrand Cherokee is yet another major competitor to the 3-seater SUV from Nissan. Frankly,there isn't anything that the Pathfinder could outsell over its competitors. Nonetheless, the 7-seater has a pocket-friendly price-tag and an impressive towing capacity.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Features

7.6/10

A total of 4 trims are available for the Nissan Pathfinder. Moreover, there is an option to pick among a forward-wheel-drive system and an all-wheel-drive system on all the 4 trims. Compared to their FWD counterparts, AWD trims are $1.7k expensive. The 4 trims are namely S, SV, SL, and Platinum.

Trim S SV SL Platinum
MSRP $30,290 $32,980 $36,100 $42,070
MSRP

 

(4wd)

$31,980 $34,670 $37,790 $43,760
Key

 

Features

  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • EZ Flex Seating System
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System
  • Piano Black interior trim
  • Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • NissanConnect
  • 8.0" color display with multi-touch control
  • SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info, and sports)
  • Smart Auto Headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Rear Sonar System
  • Nissan Intelligent Key
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • NissanConnect
  • 8.0" color display with multi-touch control
  • SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info, and sports)
  • Motion Activated Liftgate
  • Heated outside mirrors with reverse tiltdown feature
  • Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection (MOD)
  • Welcome lighting
  • Leather-appointed seats and door trim
  • 8.0" color display with multi-touch control
  • SiriusXM Travel Link (weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info, and sports
  • LED low-beam projector headlights
  • Chrome body side moldings
  • Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof
  • Tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness
  • NissanConnect with Navigation and Services
  • Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers, including Acoustic Waveguide technology
  • Wood-tone interior trim

S and SV trims flaunt an advanced drive-assist display as well as NissanConnect. The SL trim comes with motion activated liftgate, welcome lighting and leather-appointed seats and door trim.

All the 3 trims flaunt a SiriusXM Travel Link subscription. Platinum, the high-end trim, boasts LED low-beam projector headlights and dual-panel panoramic moonroof as standard features. Moreover, the trim comes with an exclusive wood-tone interior trim.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Engine

7.1/10

The transmission is programmed to mimic the feel of gear changes, but the steady engine noise when accelerating is a little different at first. The Nissan Pathfinder's 284-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 minimizes the differences more than four-cylinder engines typically do; acceleration is swift and the CVT quickly responds when passing and merging.  -cars.com

Engine and Transmission

The new incarnation of the Nissan Pathfinder flaunts a robust V6 engine. Its ride has an impressive 284 hp of power and 259 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal. Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo bests Pathfinder with 293 hp of power. On the other hand, Chevrolet Traverse LS leads the pack with the most torque of 266 lb.-ft.

Models Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
MSRP $30,290 $30,395 $30,595 $34,100
Engine 3.5L V6 3.6L Pentastar V6 3.5L V6 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT
Transmission CVT automatic 8-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 284 hp 293 hp 280 hp 281 hp
Torque 259 lb-ft 260 lb-ft 262 lb-ft 266 lb-ft

Nissan Pathfinder SUV employs a CVT automatic transmission. Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, on the contrary, comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Both Honda Pilot LX and Chevrolet Traverse LS rely on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting.

Acceleration

Frankly, there's nothing impressive about Pathfinder's performance or acceleration. The ride hits the 60 MPH mark in 7.3 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 15.6 seconds. Though it beats Cherokee Laredo in both feats, other class rivals offer better performance benchmarks.

Models Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
0-60 MPH 7.3 sec 7.6 sec 6.2 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.6 sec 15.8 sec 15.1 sec 15.7 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.6L 3.5L 3.6L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.6 8.4 8.0 8.4

Chevrolet Traverse LS accelerates to 60 MPH in 6.9 seconds but covers a quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. Honda Pilot LX offers the best, in the class, acceleration with a requirement of 6.2 seconds for hitting a speed of 60 MPH. The ride covers a quarter-mile in mere 15.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Handling as well as steering in Nissan Pathfinder SUV is average at best. The bumps experienced on the road made their presence felt inside the cabin. The ride quality is harsh, especially on uneven surfaces. 

Stability around turns is competent but the Pathfinder SUV surely lacks precision. Things are a little better in the all-wheel-drive trims than in those with a forward-wheel-drive system. Anyway, the ride offers a pleasant riding experience on idyllic smooth surfaces.

Braking

Just like handling, Nissan SUV has an average braking system. However, considering the ride's average performance, the braking power is just good enough. Compared to the competition, the ride has the smallest brake sizes.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 13.0 12.6 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 12.1 13.0 13.0 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4292 4545 4054 4713
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 116 128 126

During emergency braking scenarios, the Pathfinder is able to come to a halt at a distance of 125 feet. This is better than the 128 feet and 126 feet required by the Honda Pilot LX and Traverse LS, respectively. Grand Cherokee Laredo comes to halt at a distance of 116 feet.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

6.9/10

SUV offers an acceptable combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. However, it is the best mileage that one can get from the competition. Both Honda Pilot LX and Chevrolet Traverse LS deliver 22 mpg, while Laredo offers 21 mpg in all.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
MPG (city) 20 19 19 15
MPG (highway) 27 26 27 18
MPG (combined) 23 21 22 22

In cities, the Pathfinder SUV offers 20 mpg. On highways though, it gives out a fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon of gas.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

8.5/10

Not much has changed for the 2017 Nissan on the inside. It still offers competitive materials quality, an appealing overall design look and easy-to-use controls.  -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

With a maximum passenger capacity of 7, the SUV outlasts Cherokee Laredo. However, Chevrolet Traverse LS and Honda Pilot LX offer seating for 8 people. the SUV offers spacious seating than its competitors.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
Passenger capacity 7 5 8 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.2/60.7/42.3 39.9/58.7/40.3 40.1/62/40.9 40.4/61.50/41.30
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.4/60.4/41.7 39.2/58.0/38.6 40.2/62/38.4 39.40/61.0/36.80
Third

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A N/A 38.9/57.6/31.9 37.8/57.5/33.20

In the front, Pathfinder offers 42.2 and 42.3 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. Both are the most among its class rivals. In the second row, the ride offers 39.4 and 41.7 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. While the legroom is the most one can get, headroom gets beaten out to Honda Pilot LX, which offers 40.2 inches of the same.

Infotainment System

Each trim comes equipped with a standard infotainment system with an 8-inch display. The system is intuitive to use and offers swiping as well as pinch zooming features. A 6-speaker audio system along with Bluetooth support and a single USB port is also available.

Unfortunately, there is no support for Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Nonetheless, the infotainment system provides support for voice command recognition and hands-free text messaging. Moreover, there are physical knobs for controlling climate, volume, and radio.

Interior Features

Unlike typical 3-seater SUVs that offer child-only 3rd-row, the last row in the SUV can accommodate teenagers as well as smaller adults. Important interior feats belonging to the ride include:

  • Spacious seating
  • Standard cloth upholstery
  • First and second-row leather seating [Optional]
  • Power-adjustable front seats [Optional]
  • Heated steering wheel [Optional]

Cargo Capacity

Nissan Pathfinder flunks in offering ample cargo capacity. In fact, the ride offers the least cargo volume to seat 2 capacity of a mere 16 cubic feet. Cargo volume to seat 1 capacity available in Pathfinder SUV is 79.8 cubic feet.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) N/A N/A 16.5 24.4
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 16.0 36.3 46.8 70.3
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 79.8 68.3 83.9 116.3

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

7.6/10

The most noticeable styling changes are clustered up front, where the Nissan Pathfinder gets new bumper styling, new headlights and a restyled grille that adopts a variation of the design on some Nissan cars, like the Maxima. While the design is more intricate and detailed than what was there previously, it's also similar enough to the prior Pathfinder's look that the changes could easily go unnoticed by casual observers. In back, the biggest change is a switch to taillights with mostly red housings. -cars.com

Dimension and Weight

The avatar of the Pathfinder is longer than the Cherokee Laredo as well as the Honda Pilot LX. The 8-seater Chevrolet Traverse LS has the most length of 203.7 inches in the competition. Pathfinder flaunts a height of 70.2 inches, most amongst its class rivals.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
Curb weight (lbs.) 4292 4625 4054 4713
Length(in) 198.5 189.8 194.5 203.7
Width(in) 77.2 76.5 78.6 78.50
Height(in) 70.2 68.1 69.8 69.90
Ground clearance (in) 7.0 8.6 7.3 7.2
Wheelbase (in) 114.2 114.7 111 120.9
Track width (in) F/R 65.7/65.7 63.9/64.1 66.3/66.3 67.3/67.0

Ground clearance and wheelbase for the Pathfinder is 7.0 inches and 114.2 inches, respectively. While ground clearance is least in the segment, wheelbase is bigger only than the Honda Pilot LX's 111 inches.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include -

  • Enhanced bumper styling
  • Intricate and detailed styling
  • Restyled grille
  • Taillights with mostly red housings

Towing Capacity

The Nissan Pathfinder offers best in calss cargo capacity and can pull 6000 pounds. The only comeptitors that comes to Nissan is the Chevrolet Traverse that has a towing capacity of 5200 pounds.

Model Nissan pathfinder S Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo Honda Pilot LX Chevrolet Traverse LS
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 6000 3500 5000 5200

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

7.3/10

Despite offering a below-average security feature list, the Nissan Pathfinder has an impressive IIHS and NHTSA scorecard. The ride offers Superior front crash prevention and good roof strength. Moreover, it receives a 4-star rollover rating and a 5-star overall NHTSA rating.

The Nissan Pathfinder SUV comes with an advanced airbag system. Other notable standard safety and security features include VDC, TCS, and TPMS.

Safety Features

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant head protection for all three rows
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dualstage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors

IIHS Rating

Crashworthiness
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Acceptable
Moderate overlap front good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 4 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

Nissan Pathfinder vs Chevrolet Traverse LS

Flaunting an opening bid of $34,100, Chevrolet Traverse LS is the most expensive ride in the class. The ride flaunts a 3.6L V6 SIDI VVT engine, capable of generating 281 hp of power and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride accelerates to 60 MPH in 6.9 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV.

Chevrolet Traverse LS is the bulkiest ride in the segment with a total curb weight of 4713 lbs. Moreover, it requires a distance of 126 feet for halting during emergency braking. The ride offers a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg. However, the ride offers a seating capacity of 8.

Nissan Pathfinder vs Honda Pilot LX

Yet another major competitor to the Nissan Pathfinder SUV is the Honda Pilot LX. The ride boasts a 3.5L V6 engine complemented by a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. Pilot LX has 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of power and torque, respectively to spare. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 6.2 seconds, best among the competition.

Pricing options for the Honda Pilot LX start from $30,595. Honda Pilot LX is the lightest ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 4054 lbs. Nonetheless, the ride takes the most distance of 128 feet for stopping during panic braking scenarios. The 3-seater SUV has the least wheelbase of 111 inches in the competition.

Nissan Pathfinder vs Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

Despite having 293 hp of power and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at its disposal, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo fails miserably at acceleration. The ride takes 7.6 seconds, most in the segment, for accelerating to 60 MPH. The ride features a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine along with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.

Unlike its class rivals, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is able to seat a total of 5 persons only. The ride also offers the least-in-league combined fuel economy of 21 mpg. However, the ride offers the best halting distance of 116 feet when decelerated continually from 60 MPH. Pricing options for the ride start from $30,395.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV is by far the most comfortable ride in the 3-seater lineup. Still, its class rivals have better comfort standards. The ride is criticized for offering a dull handling and steering, which is brushed up in the new iteration. However, there is still a long way to go.

Overall, the Nissan Pathfinder SUV is ideal for those eyeing for a 3-seater that can offer spacious seating in addition to a pocket-friendly price tag. The remarkable towing capacity is a much-needed bonus.

Pros

Inexpensive pricing options

Lively infotainment system

Easily accessible 3 rd -row

Powerful V6 engine

Cons

Flanked ride quality

Substandard reliability and security features

Unimpressive interior

Below-average cargo capacity

What's New?

Refurbished Exteriors - Exterior design gets a touch-up, including headlights and tail lights

Enhanced Driving Mechanics - A more powerful engine is paired up with an improved suspension

Standardized Infotainment - The 8-inch infotainment screen is now standard

Better at Towing - Enhanced towing capacity, totaling at 6000 lbs.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30290

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.1 in. ventilated disc brakes/12.6 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

198.5 in.

width

77.2 in.

height

69.6 in.

curb weight

4292 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

120 cu ft.

cargo volume

16 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.7 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.1 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

526.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Midnight Jade Metallic color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Sandstone color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Pearl White color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Gun Metallic color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Magnetic Black Metallic color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Glacier White color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Cayenne Red Metallic color  2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Caspian Blue color
Midnight Jade Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

7.1

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

8.5

Exterior

7.6

Safety

7.3

Driving

8.6

Comfort

7.8

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Nissan Pathfinder S

S

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$30,290 - $31,980


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $30,290 MSRP (20/23/27) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 7 NA
S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $31,980 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt four wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$32,980 - $34,670


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $32,980 MSRP (20/23/27) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 7 NA
SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,670 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt four wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Nissan Pathfinder SL

SL

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$36,100 - $37,790


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $36,100 MSRP (20/23/27) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 7 NA
SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $37,790 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt four wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

Platinum

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$42,070 - $43,760


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $42,070 MSRP (20/23/27) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt front wheel drive 7 NA
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $43,760 MSRP (19/21/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
cvt four wheel drive 7 NA

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