Nissan has finally renewed the long overdue Pathfinder. This steady-selling vehicle is especially capable on rougher terrains, which draws the public even if it’s not the latest design. The public appreciated this car for its being reliable when needed most. Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder’s exterior is not the area that had the most important updates. Agreed, Nissan made a point of updating it in a way that says “ready for the next five years”, but the car’s technology and engine are the segments that feature the truly exciting bits. The trustworthy Pathfinder is nicely upgraded, slightly more high-class and definitely good to go for the coming years.
People doubting whether to buy the latest Pathfinder can check out the preview of the future off-road spectacle, the 2020 Ford Bronco SUV, which comes equipped with a V8 engine. The classic Bronco will make its return and is seen as a startling rival by Nissan for their Pathfinder model.
Enough changed on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder’s exterior. The last redesign took place in 2013, which is quite long ago in the automotive world. Although Nissan once had a Pathfinder model running for ten years without any major revamps, the last Pathfinder didn’t suffice. So let’s see how Nissan checked up the exterior, starting at the front.
Very clear is the new grille and headlights. They don’t run in one line like on the last Pathfinder anymore. Instead, the grille kept it’s relative size and the headlights are a lot smaller. The chrome outline of the grille is now a rounded V-shape, instead of the angular outline on its predecessor. The mesh pattern inside the grille made way for three dark lanes with air holes running over. The headlights have a different overall shape, with a zigzagging bottom line and a new lens design.
On the side, the only, but effective, change are the side mirrors. Whereas the predecessor’s headlights were round and traditional, these are more oval. They now also feature the car’s turn signals and are slightly reminiscent of Ferrari side mirrors.
The rear of the car only got a small amount of alterations. The taillights have the same shape as its predecessor’s, but are now completely red, instead of half clear. This actually feels like a bit of a downgrade, all red taillights are usually seen as old-fashioned.
Eight exterior colours are available.
The interior has not had any big practical changes, but still looks like a million dollars. The center console looks much less cluttered. This is due to the removal of chrome on the buttons and sides and using matte materials. Furthermore, Nissan claims to have redesigned the center console, but that’s not exactly the case. Some material changes have been made, but when comparing the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, the consoles look very similar.
The rest of the interior is simplistic and clean, Nissan hit the right spot with this automotive designing trend. For 2017 there are new metallic and wooden inserts for the door panels and dashboard. These also have a more matte finish, which helps keep the simplistic and clean tone of the interior.
Furthermore there is a new infotainment system with an eight inch screen. The digital instrument cluster now features additional driver assistance and infotainment functions. Optional on higher trims is the Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers, which is also featured in Nissan’s upgraded 2017 Rogue crossover interior.
Now on to the feature of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder where the most changes have been made. Although the 2017 Pathfinder features the same 3.5 liter V6 engine, it now makes use of direct injection. Another new and improved part of the engine is a variable displacement oil pump. Also new are an electronic control module, air intake system and pistons. All these tweaks make the amount of horsepower 284, which is 24 more than last year’s Pathfinder. For a similar car with lower HP output, check out the review of the 2017 Nissan Qashqai crossover, with a 150 horsepower engine.
The engine comes with an automatic transmission that Nissan altered to accelerate more naturally. The car comes standard with front wheel drive, but all 4×4 is available on all trims.
Moreover, there is a reinforced trailer hitch. This enables the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder to tow up to 6000 pounds (2720 kg), which is 1000 pounds (453 kg) more than its predecessor. Finally, the suspension and chassis received an update to increase the rough terrain driving experience.
The infotainment system includes SiriusXM radio capability and TravelLink and Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard. Also standard is a rear view camera
Optional on SV and SL trims and standard on the Platinum is the new NissanConnect navigation system. Voice recognition allows the driver to speak the destination and the navigation directly guides you there. A three year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic automatically keeps the navigation maps up to date.
Another optional feature is Intelligent Cruise Control to follow the car in front. Other options are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. These are either standard or optional on higher trims.
Price and sale date
Prices for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder haven’t increased much. The lowest trim with FWD starts at $29,990. The highest trim with FWD starts at $41,870. The 2017 Pathfinder is available for ordering now.
Europe will not get the 2017 Pathfinder as of yet. Nissan dropped some hints that they would bring the 2016 Pathfinder last year, but didn’t. We think that may be because they are planning to bring the 2017 Pathfinder. Earlier Pathfinders were only available with a diesel engine and if the Pathfinder does come to Europe, that’s what it will feature.