2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder was launched in 1986 having two door, switched to four door from 2013. Despite many of now available changes it looks more like old one, changes viz front bumper, headlights, hood, grille, taillights tweaked, reshaped rear bumper, changes in curves and creases. Some better changes came in form of 3.5 liter V-6 with direct fuel injection, new piston, revised air intake, increase in horsepower from 260 to 284 hp, and increase in torque from 240 lb-ft to 259 lb-ft. Continuous variable transmission with V-6
is less irritative, V-6 shows courage while road noise persist.

Clocking 7.1 -7.2 seconds to reach 60 mph from zero in all wheel drive, which is behind Honda Pilot, though Pathfinder will remain
full of energy in city traffic. Fuel economy in front wheel drive is 20/27 mpg city/highway, while for all wheel drive it will be 19/26 mpg city/highway. Tow rating got improved by 1000 pounds from 5000 to 6000 pounds in all trims. Pathfinder now has sharpen responses mainly due to chassis adjustments as spring rating got increase by 7 and 11 percent for rear and front, quicker ratio to steering, indirectly improving lift.

Equipped with tech features as adaptive cruise control having forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, motion sensor to open and close liftgate, 360 degree view monitor, blind sport warning, rear cross traffic alert, 8 inch touches with connectivity features, zoom and swipe functionality, bluetooth, rearview camera, SiriusXM satellite radio. With no more knobs and buttons, audio and climate controlling becomes easier. Transmission gear selector is a traditional shift lever rather than using buttons, no paddles for manual selection of ratios. Hill descent control knob available behind shift lever.

Third row seat is very small, with easy access, first two row seat space is fine but seating comfort is been missing due to seat firmness. Pathfinder's tow rating, ease to use controls will find place among buyers.

Starting Price $30,000
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front or four wheel drive
Engine DOHC 24-valve V-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission continuously variable automatic
Horsepower 284 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 259 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Displacement 213 cu in
Wheelbase 114.2 in
Length 198.5 in
Width 77.2 in
Height 70.2 in
Curb weight 4500-4700 lb
Passenger volume 151-155 cu ft
Cargo volume 16 cu ft
0-60 mph 7.1 secs.
0-100 mph 19.5 secs.
Top speed 125 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 19/26 mpg
Pros 6000 pound tow rating, fuel economy, straightforward controls
Cons missing seat comfort