The current Nissan Pathfinder has been with us since 2012 as a 2013 model car, so it’s still fairly young in its generation. Being 2016 however, three years after the crossover was launched, Nissan decided to give it a mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 year by implementing a long list of subtle changes.
Meet the updated 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, which is surely to wet the appetites of soccer moms and dads looking for a nice, comfortable and well-equipped midsize crossover for the fam.
Thanks to some changes to the V6, various chassis upgrades, and new equipment changes, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder marches on to duke with the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander and so-on.
Nissan traditionalists will still be upset to know that the fourth-generation Pathfinder’s roots still remain to be car-based, maintaining the Pathfinder’s classification as a crossover SUV, rather than a rugged body-on-frame SUV truck, which is what the Pathfinder started life as. But what Nissan lost in brand loyalists, they made up for with the Pathfinder’s more family-friendly pitch as the Pathfinder has remained to be a good success for the company.
Beginning with Nissan’s vetted 3.5L VQ V6, the mill remains to be naturally-aspirated, good for 284hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a revised direct-injection fuel system. That’s a 24hp and 19 lb-ft boost in power overall. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive as optional, while Nissan’s hideous Xtronic CVT remains to be the only cog swapper available–if you even call it that.
As for the chassis and suspension, the 2017 Pathfinder gets stiffer front and rear shocks, new rebound springs at the front with a boosted spring rate at the rear. The electronic power steering is also retuned for a quicker ratio for improved maneuverability.
Changes also amount aesthetically, as the 2017 Pathfinder gets a facelift with a much more toned-down and angular face, making for a much easier design on the eyes.
And lastly, equipment and options were slightly reworked with an improved NissanConnect infotainment system, and more.
Prices have yet to be announced, but we can expect those to surface when we get closer to the 2017 model’s actual launch.
– By: Chris Chin