2017 Nissan Pathfinder


Ranked #9 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP $30,290 - $43,760
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Key Spec of 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


284 hp @ 6400 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Intuitive infotainment system

Dull driving dynamics

Refurbished exteriors

Strong V6 engine

Boring interior layout

A more powerful engine is paired up with an improved suspension

Decent fuel economy

No smartphone integration option

8-inch infotainment screen is now standard

Available suite of safety tech

Towing capacity increased to 6,000 lbs

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is available for sale with a starting price of 30,290 and is sold in four trims- S, SV, SL, and Platinum. This year, it gets few changes under the hood and a light refresh on the exterior. The 3.5L V6 engine in the Pathfinder now makes 284 hp and 259 lb-ft. of torque but the best part is it retains the same MPG figures although making more power. Thanks to the extra power, the Pathfinder now takes 7.6 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH.

The Pathfinder's towing capacity has also increased to 6,000 pounds. Nothing about the interior design or seating configuration is going to prove to be a deal-breaker. A new 8-inch touchscreen display is made standard on all trims but lacks the latest smartphone integration. In view of safety, the Pathfinder earned good safety ratings from the safety agencies and also comes with a decent list of driver-assist features. The Pathfinder gets direct rivalry from the Toyota Highlander, the Honda Pilot, and the Ford Explorer

Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)$39089$42070114 Listings
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)$40658$43760179 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.9Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#9 in Midsize Suv

#12 in Suv


S$30,290 onwards
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  • Cloth upholstery
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Led running lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rearview camera
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control
SV$32,980 onwards
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  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Eight-Way power driver seat
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
SV$32,980 onwards
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  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Eight-Way power driver seat
  • Foglights
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
Platinum$42,070 onwards
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  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Led headlights
  • Power-Adjustable steering wheel

Used Nissan Pathfinder For Sale

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Price Rise, $1000
1 Dec 2022
Plainfield, NJ

2018 Nissan Pathfinder S

S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $217/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,054 Below market
RMV: $21,044
Mileage 44,867 mi.
Listed On 05 Nov 2022 (140 Days)
Seffner, FL

2017 Nissan Pathfinder S

S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $230/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,263 Below market
RMV: $22,257
Mileage 47,843 mi.
Listed On 26 Sep 2022 (180 Days)
Price Drop, $2300
28 Oct 2022
Broken Arrow, OK

2016 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $154/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,494 Below market
RMV: $14,905
Mileage 104,384 mi.
Listed On 02 Aug 2022 (235 Days)
Price Drop, $4000
9 Nov 2022
Carson City, NV

2017 Nissan Pathfinder S

S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $214/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,646 Below market
RMV: $20,469
Mileage 71,574 mi.
Listed On 06 Aug 2022 (231 Days)
Burlington, NJ

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,277 Below market
RMV: $23,276
Mileage 47,091 mi.
Listed On 06 Jul 2022 (262 Days)
Price Drop, $1500
7 Oct 2022
Corbin, KY

2016 Nissan Pathfinder S

S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,529 Below market
RMV: $15,529
Mileage 112,339 mi.
Listed On 14 Sep 2022 (192 Days)
Charleston, SC

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $183/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,917 Below market
RMV: $17,408
Mileage 104,304 mi.
Listed On 18 Oct 2022 (158 Days)
Price Drop, $1400
15 Dec 2022
Indianapolis, IN

2018 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Est. $211/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,513 Below market
RMV: $20,113
Mileage 77,163 mi.
Listed On 18 Nov 2022 (127 Days)
Sherwood, AR

2017 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

Est. $202/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,228 Below market
RMV: $19,128
Mileage 141,729 mi.
Listed On 22 May 2022 (307 Days)

Colors and Styles

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Brilliant Silver

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven and it manages some decent capability for off-road duty and towing- The Car Connection

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder bridges a gap between a 4x4 and a minivan. It isn't rugged as before but delivers strong on-road performance thanks to the updates in the powertrain this year. When it comes to interior quality, the Pathfinder lacks plushness but offers ample passenger space. Being a family hauler, the Pathfinder has also earned respectable safety ratings and packs decent driver aids. 

One of the main benefits of owning the Nissan Pathfinder is low ownership costs. The estimated true cost to own is $7,530 per year which includes fuel, depreciation, repair, maintenance, etc. Compared to its rivals, the Pathfinder has very low maintenance and repair costs. The average cost per mile is calculated to be $0.5, which is slightly less than the segment leaders. 



The Pathfinder’s starting price undercuts that of the Ford Explorer but is higher than the Kia Sorento- Kelly Blue Book

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is available in four different trims namely S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base S trim starts from $30,290 and it goes all the way up to $43,760 for the top-end Platinum trim. All four trims are available in both FWD and 4WD configurations. Nissan has nicely segregated comfort and technological features in each trim level. To begin with, 18-inch alloy wheels are standard but the top-spec Platinum trim gets access to 20-inch aluminum wheels.

cloth upholstery is standard on lower trims while leather upholstery is available from SL trim onwards. The base S trim has very limited features but as you climb the trim ladder, the list of features keeps on increasing. An 8-inch touchscreen display is standard on all models but does not support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional Family Entertainment package is exclusive only to the Platinum trim that adds dual 8-inch head-mounted screens, a DVD player, and more USB ports. 

Trim S SV SL Platinum
MSRP (FWD) $30,290 $32,980 $36,100 $42,070
MSRP (4WD) $31,980 $34,670 $37,790 $43,760
Key Features Cloth upholstery Adds/ Upgrades to S trim Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim Adds/ Upgrades to SL trim
  Keyless entry Fog lights Heated front seats, steering wheels & mirrors Chrome bodyside moldings
  Tri-zone automatic climate control Rear parking sensors Leather upholstery Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  18-inch alloy wheels  8-way power driver's seat

Upgraded seats with power lumbar and memory settings

Tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness
  6-speaker sound system Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Hill-descent control

NissanConnect with navigation
  LED DRLs Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Sensor-activated power liftgate operation

13-speaker Bose premium audio system
  8-inch touchscreen display  

A 360-degree parking camera system

Heated & ventilated front seats
  Bluetooth connectivity   Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic system LED low-beam projector headlights
        Interior wood trim
        Adaptive Cruise Control

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The SL trim is the best buy for its price if you wish to go ahead with the Nissan Pathfinder. This trim adds some additional features such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, steering wheel and mirrors, sensor-activated power tailgate, hill descent control, and a surround-view camera. It also adds blind-spot motoring and rear cross-traffic alert to the safety features list. We recommend opting for the SL Tech package that adds a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation system, tow package, and NissanConnect Services.

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Engine and Performance


The naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 carries over with a few tweaks, but it’s still a mostly solid powerplant for the Pathfinder- Motor1

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Transmission

The Nissan Pathfinder receives a host of changes to the powertrain for 2017. There is still only one engine available although it is about 10% more powerful and more efficient than the outgoing model. The engine is a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 284 hp and 259 lb-ft.of torque. That's about 24 hp more than the current model. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder engine

It will be paired to Nissan's Xtronic CVT that now includes D-step logic which can simulate gear shifts like a traditional 7-speed automatic. The Pathfinder is available on both FWD and 4WD configurations on every trim level. The response and usability of the drivetrain are among the best in the segment. There's no shortage of grunt from the engine.

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
MSRP $30.290 $31,660 $30,745 $32,680
Engine 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.5L V6
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Transmission CVT 6-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Power 284 hp @ 6,400 RPM 290 hp @ 6,500 RPM 280 hp @ 6,000 RPM 295 hp @ 6,600 RPM
Torque 259 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM 255 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM 262 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM 263 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

The Toyota Highlander houses the most powerful engine under its hood. Therefore, it climbs to the top of the table. Just below it is the Ford Explorer with 290 horses. At 280 horsepower, the Honda Pilot is slightly less powerful than the Pathfinder. It is worth noting that the Pathfinder is the only SUV here with a CVT transmission. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Acceleration

The Nissan Pathfinder is quick from a standstill, which is a surprise, given it's got a CVT gearbox. It takes 7.6 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH and furthermore, covers a quarter of a mile in 15.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 140 MPH. These performance stats are not the best in the segment but the increase in power definitely helped it to improve.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder takes 7.6 sec to reach 60 MPH

Some of the issues that are typically associated with these sorts of the automatic transmission are that when you're taking off from a standstill or moving along slowly and then you suddenly probe the throttle, there's no response. But that's not the case with Pathfinder. While accelerating, this CVT transmission does not make much noise like a traditional CVT, which is really good. 

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
0-60 MPH 7.6 sec 7.7 sec 7.0 sec 7.2 sec
Quarter mile 15.9 sec 15.8 sec 15.4 sec 15.5 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.5L 3.5L 3.5L
Top Speed 140 MPH 143 MPH 130 MPH 112 MPH

Owing to its low curb weight, the Honda Pilot is the quickest contender, and right behind its tail is the Toyota Highlander. The Ford Explorer gives a good challenge to the Pathfinder in both performance tests although it weighs nearly 200 pounds more. The Pathfinder finds itself in third place. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Ride and Handling

As for driving dynamics, the Pathfinder isn't anything special. It's not bad per see just that its handling and cornering are vague. Still, not a lot of body roll around the turns, and most customers are going to find it pretty comfortable. Nissan retuned the suspension for better composure and compliance and it is the best it's ever been for the Pathfinder.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder driving view

It is a little bit firmer but it doesn't wallow as much over bumps. There have been adjustments to the steering of the car as well. A bit of a quicker rach which means less effort when you're turning into a corner. It is still a little bit heavy at lower speeds and the turning circle isn't fantastic but still, it's an improvement. The Pathfinder is good for mild off-roading purposes too.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Braking

The braking performance of the Nissan Pathfinder is pretty good. It took 125 feet of braking distance to decelerate from 60-0 MPH. For a vehicle that weighs 4,293 pounds, this braking distance is really good. Brakes are 12.6 inches in the front and 12.1 inches in the rear, both are ventilated. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder brakes

The brake pedal feels responsive and strong. You will experience no brake fade and the time it takes to get into action once the pedal is pushed is also less. During emergency situations, several technologies such as automatic braking assist and ABS help the Pathfinder come to an immediate stop. 

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
Brakes Front 12.6 12.6 12.6 12.9 in
Brakes Rear 12.1 12.8 13.0 12.2 in
Curb weight 4,293 lbs 4,453 lbs 3,982 lbs 4,244 lbs
60-0 MPH 125 ft. 138 ft. 123 ft. 128 ft.

The Honda Pilot is the clear winner in this section as it achieves the shortest braking distance. The Pathfinder grabs the second spot on the table and it is closely followed by the Toyota Highlander whose weight is similar to the Pathfinder. The Ford Explorer has the worst braking performance in this competition. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Towing Capacity 

The increase in power also means a bigger 6000-pound towing capacity. Comparatively, it is one of the best in the segment. If you plan to tow with your Pathfinder, there is a tow mode button that will adjust the way the gearbox behaves. The optional Trailer Tow package adds a trailer hitch receiver and a trailer towing harness. 

Models 2018 Nissan Pathfinder 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander
Engine 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 2.5L I4
Powertrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Towing Capacity 6,000 5,000 5,000 5,000

With no doubt, the Pathfinder is the best SUV for towing purposes as it can tow up to 6,000 pounds. The Ford Explorer, the Toyota Highlander, and the Honda Pilot share the same stage with 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. The update in the powertrain has really helped Pathfinder stand out in the competition. 

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Fuel Economy


Nissan managed to retain last year’s government-estimated fuel economy numbers despite significantly boosting power output- Autotrader

One of the main reasons for buying the Nissan Pathfinder is its impressive fuel economy. According to the EPA, it returns 20 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on a highway, and 23 MPG combined. Going for the 4WD model will drop down the combined mileage by 1 MPG. These figures are mostly on par with other competitors in the midsize SUV segment. 

2018 Nissan Pathfinder isometric view

A fuel tank capacity of 19.5 gallons is equipped in the Pathfinder. Owing to this large tank, a total combined driving range of 458 miles is delivered by this SUV. The 4Wd models can drive up to 458 miles before visiting the fuel station for refueling. Overall, the Pathfinder turns out to be an ideal vehicle that delivers excellent fuel economy while delivering effortless performance.

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
MPG (City) 20 17 19 20
MPG (Highway) 27 24 27 27
MPG (Combined) 23 20 22 23
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons) 19.5 18.6 19.5 19.2
Range (City/Highway/Combined) 390/527/458 316/446/381 371/527/449 384/518/451

The MPG figures of the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are the same as the Pathfinder but the latter boasts a better efficiency than the other two rivals. The Ford Explorer returns 3 MPG less than the Pathfinder and is the least fuel-efficient vehicle here. Also, due to its small fuel tank, it delivers less driving range while the other rivals touch the 450-mile mark. 

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It still offers competitive materials quality, an appealing overall design look and easy-to-use controls- Edmunds

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Seating and Comfort

No matter which trim you choose, you get seven-passenger seating with the middle bench and 50/50 split-fold third row. Cloth upholstery is standard on the lower-ned models while the higher versions get leather-trimmed seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive. Expensive trims also add power adjustability, heated and cooled functions. As for the steering wheel, it is leather-wrapped and power-adjustable only on the Platinum trim.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder dashboard

Passenger space is abundant in the first two rows. The rear seats are wide enough to accommodate adults. Access to the third row is easy enough. While the third row is not that spacious, kids and average-sized adults should fit in comfortably. Inside, things look largely the same as the outgoing model. One of the few changes made is the added space between the cupholders. It's fine that little has changed because the Pathfinder has a great interior layout.

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
Passenger Capacity 7 7 8 8
Passenger Volume (cu-ft.) 148.0 151.7 153.1 139.1
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 42.2/60.9/42.2 41.4/61.5/42.9 40.1/62.0/40.9 40.7/59.3/44.2
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 39.4/60.4/41.7 40.6/61.0/39.5 40.2/62.0/38.4 39.9/59.6/38.4
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 37.8/58.4/28.0 37.8/50.8/32.0 38.9/57.6/31.9 36.1/55.0/27.7

Both the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander seat up to 8 passengers while the Ford Explorer is a 7-seater, as the Pathfinder. The Highlander offers the most cramped second and third row. The Honda Pilot's headroom in the last two rows is better than the Pathfinder. The rear legroom offered in the Ford Explorer is the best in this competition. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Infotainment System

You get an 8-inch touchscreen that is standard across all trims. In its base form, it operates the radio and other basic functions but it can be outfitted with navigation on more expensive versions. However, smartphone connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are missing in this infotainment system. Every trim level gets a 6-speaker stereo while the top-of-the-line Platinum comes with a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder infotainment system

The interface is pretty fast and the graphics are nice-looking. There are some physical buttons provided below the screen for switching menus quicker. The navigation system is only standard on the Platinum trim. It also includes 3 years of XM Travel Link apps for free. Nissan doesn't try to push the styling boundaries on the Pathfinder's controls. It's got a traditional layout with dials for climate and audio controls. Overall, this setup is very simple and ergonomically sound. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Features

Some of the important interior and infotainment features of the Pathfinder include:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel 
  • Power front seats with heated & cooled functions
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Remote engine start
  • Power tailgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • 13-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Navigation system

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Cargo Capacity

Dedicated cargo capacity of 16 cu-ft. is offered in the Nissan Pathfinder. This space expands to 47.8 cu-ft. with the second-row seats folded. Drop all three rows and you get 79.8 cu-ft. of cargo space. These measures are right in line with the competitors. 

2017 Nissan Pathfinder cargo capacity

There is also some storage below the cargo floor. The SV and Platinum trim models get a power liftgate. New for 2017 is a sensor-activated tailgate that opens with a swing of your foot under the bumper. The low-loading lip is an added advantage for easy lading of items.

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 16.0 21.0 16.5 13.8

With 83.9 cu-ft of maximum cargo storage, the Honda Pilot is the most practical SUV here while the Toyota Highlander slips to second place as it offers 83.7 cu-ft. The Ford Explorer's cargo volume is quite decent as it provides 80.7 cu-ft. The Pathfinder is the least practical, offering just 79.8 cu-ft. 

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The most noticeable styling changes are clustered up front- Cars.com

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Dimension and Weight

For 2017, Nissan has updated the exterior styling of the Pathfinder. The main change is the updated front end. The Pathfinder now has a smooth, more massaged look to the front end. The V-motion grille is actually quite a departure from the old angular one. The chrome is a lot thinner and doesn't go all the way to the edges. Only the top-end Platinum model get LED headlights while the lower-end models settle for halogen lamps but LED DRLs are standard on all trims. Even the halogen fog lamps are standard on all models except for the base S trim.

The wheel options are pretty simple in the Pathfinder. All the models get 18-inch alloy wheels while the Platinum trim upgrades it to 20-inch aluminum wheels. Its ground clearance measures 7 inches, which is comparatively lower than its rivals but decent for an SUV. Therefore, getting in and out of the vehicle would be easy. At 114.2 inches, its wide wheelbase speaks for its spacious interior room. The change in the rear end is less obvious. The taillight design has changed slightly though you won't find LEDs on any trim level. 

Models 2017 Nissan Pathfinder 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Honda Pilot 2017 Toyota Highlander
Curb Weight (lbs) 4,293 4,453 3,982 4,244
Length (in) 198.5 198.7 196.5 192.5
Width (in) 77.3 78.9 78.6 75.8
Height (in) 70.6 70.0 70.6 68.1
Ground Clearance (in) 7.0 7.8 7.3 8.0
Wheelbase (in) 114.2 112.8 111.0 109.8
Track Width (in) F/R 65.7/65.7 67.0/67.0 66.3/66.3 64.4/64.2

Among its rivals, the Toyota Highlander sits 1 inch higher than the Pathfinder. This comes in handy for off-roading purposes. With a curb weight of 4,453 lbs, the Ford Explorer is the bulkiest vehicle in this competition. This heavily affects its performance. The wheelbase of the Honda Pilot is around 3 inches shorter than the Pathfinder. This is the reason for less legroom in rear rows. 

Exterior Features

Some of the noticeable exterior features of the Pathfinder include -

  • LED headlights & DRLs
  • Front fog lamps
  • Chrome grille
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Halogen taillights
  • Silver roof rails
  • Black window trim
  • Bodyside chrome moldings
  • Manual-folding exterior mirrors
  • 18 & 20-inch wheels
  • Chrome door handles
  • Rear roofline spoiler

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The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA- MotorTrend

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder scored an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA as it performed excellently in all crash tests. In brief, it received four stars for the front crash test, four stars for the rollover crash test, and five stars for the side crash test. The detailed NHTSA scores are mentioned below:

NHTSA Rating

Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 5 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 Star
Rollover Rating 4 Star

Even IIHS gave 'Good' ratings to the Nissan Pathfinder in almost all crash tests. It also received an Acceptable' rating for the front passenger's side test, a 'Superior' rating for front crash prevention, and a 'Marginal' rating for the headlights. Check out the scores below on the table. 

IIHS Rating

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

Given the fact that Pathfinder has got such a strong response from the safety agencies, it is good to say that it is indeed a safe vehicle. For enhanced protection of the passengers, a total of six airbags are installed in the cabin of the Pathfinder. These include dual, front, front side, and side curtain airbags.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder IIHS crash test

Speaking of safety features, a few of them are standard while many of them are available as options. However, compared to its rivals, the driver-assist features offered in the Pathfinder are less. The list of all the safety features available in the Pathfinder is as follows: 

  • Rearview Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Rear Door Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Surround-View Camera
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is slightly more powerful than the Pathfinder but that doesn't create much impact on the Explorer's performance due to its heavy curb weight. Its tow ratings are also less while the MPG figures are the worst in this competition. On the inside, the Explorer's cabin offers more legroom in the third row and is also ahead with regards to cargo volume. Coming to safety, both SUVs earned the same safety ratings but the Explorer packs more driver aids. 

2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot's initial price is more but its power levels are almost similar to the Pathfinder. Taking advantage of its low curb weight, the Pilot is much quicker than the Pathfinder. But, its fuel efficiency and towing capacity are slightly lower. Unlike the Pathfinder, the Pilot is an 8-seater. It doesn't offer enough legroom in the third row but is much practical than the Pathfinder. Moreover, the Pilot is the holder of the 'IIHS Top Safety Pick+' award, which makes it the safest option. 

2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander makes 11 horses more and therefore, its performance stats are better than the Pathfinder. Despite being powerful, its fuel economy is great but is short in towing capacity. The Highlander is also an 8-seater SUV but its cabin is not that roomier as the Pathfinder. However, it beats Pathfinder in terms of cargo capacity. In view, of safety, the Highlander has also earned the 'IIHS Top Safety Pick+' award also has a long list of driver aids. 

2017 Toyota Highlander

Final Verdict

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is an underrated SUV due to its unimpressive ride quality and dull interiors. Nissan tried to spice up the game by giving a light exterior refresh this year and increasing the towing capacity of the SUV too. Its interior offers good passenger space but lacks the modern style that many competitors in its segment are upgrading to. Therefore, if you are looking for an SUV with a pocket-friendly price tag with excellent MPG figures and decent interiors, the Nissan Pathfinder is the one. 


vehicle bio

base price$43760

body style4dr SUV

engine type

displacement213 cu in

horse power284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque259 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission1 CVT w/OD


length198.5 in

wheelbase114.2 in

width77.2 in

curb weight4660 lbs

height69.6 in

ground clearance7 in


passenger volume120 cu ft

cargo volume79.8 cu ft

passenger capacity7 Seats

fuel economy

city/combined/highway19/21/26 mpg

highway range 507.00 mi


basic warranty3yr./ 36,000 mi.

Nissan Pathfinder 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $48,848
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$1,640$1,319$976$611$221$4,767
Taxes and Fees$2,885$241$226$211$194$3,757
Total Cost-To-Own$13,828$8,514$8,088$8,993$9,425$48,848
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