Nissan Pathfinder gets Redesign for 2017
The Nissan Pathfinder found its niche in 2013 when it was moved into the still-fairly-new crossover category. And while it has been among the more popular crossovers and a big success for Nissan, the company isn’t sitting on its laurels. Instead, they’ve given the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder a fairly major redesign. The changes aren’t just cosmetic, either.
Pathfinder Exterior Changes
Changes to the 2017 Pathfinder’s exterior include the addition of distinctive wraparound LED headlights with a “boomerang” shape. Add that to new and updated styling and you have a crossover SUV that’ll fit right in with the best crossovers on the market.
Upgrades to the 2017 Pathfinder’s Technology
Keeping pace with the trendsetters in automotive technology, the 2017 Pathfinder adds a bevy of tech features designed to enhance the driving experience and keep you connected while on the road. There are also a number of new safety features, taking advantage of improved driver awareness technology. Some of the safety highlights include Moving Object Detection, Around View Mirror, Forward Emergency Braking, Intuitive All Wheel Drive and Intelligent Cruise Control. And the motion activated liftgate makes it easier and more convenient to load anything from groceries to the whole team’s gear.
Pathfinder drivers will stay connected better with NissanConnect, a feature that allows you hands-free control of everything from the infotainment system to messaging, hands free calling and web surfing. While Nissan has long been on the cutting edge providing these kinds of features to drivers, Nissan has gone the extra mile to make sure they stay up to date on the new connectivity features available.
Changes Under The Hood
Did we mention that the changes aren’t all cosmetic? More and more, crossover drivers are demanding more power and better fuel economy – and the new redesigned 2017 Nissan Pathfinder delivers on all counts. The Pathfinder sports a 3.5-liter V6. Direct fuel injection ensures that it gets plenty of power while still offering superior gas mileage. The new configuration puts out 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. of torque, pushing the 2017 Pathfinder right out to the front of its class in terms of towing capacity. With potential towing capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. when properly equipped, you’ll have no trouble pulling boats, trailers or anything even remotely appropriate for a midsize crossover. Despite all that, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder still gets an impressive 23 mpg combined – 27 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in town.
Some Things Never Change – and Shouldn’t
There’s a reason the Pathfinder nameplate has graced Nissans for more than 30 years. Simply put, Nissan puts out a quality vehicle that is a favorite with drivers and their families year after year. That hasn’t changed, nor will it anytime soon. The new Nissan Pathfinder still comfortably seats up to seven. It’s still one of the most economical crossovers on the market to operate, to say nothing of the fact that it’s one of the most affordable to buy, with a base level MSRP that comes in under $30,000. Even the fully equipped all-wheel drive Platinum model has an MSRP just a shade north of $43,000.
The Pathfinder also continues to be one of the most flexible crossovers on the road. Set it up with the third seat for seating up to seven (and still have more than 16 cubic feet of cargo space) or maximize your cargo space to more than 80 cubic feet.
In short, the Pathfinder will continue to be on the cutting edge among crossovers. It will continue to offer a superior ride, the latest tech features and the combination of power and fuel economy you’ve come to expect from a Nissan Pathfinder. It’ll just do all of that (and more) even better.