2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Buyer's Guide

For 30 years, Nissan's Pathfinder has been a fixture in the brand's product lineup. Over the years, it has evolved from a rough and tumble compact trucklet to a capable and spacious family hauler. For 2017, the fourth-generation Pathfinder continues to improve with refreshed styling, more power, and more equipment.

Where last year's updates to the Altima and Sentra were quite noticeable, by comparison, the Pathfinder's facelift is subtle. New LED headlamps with LED accents flank a chunky chrome-accented grille that sports Nissan's new V-Motion design language. A new hood and restyled bumpers cut the Pathfinder's already efficient drag rating to just 0.33, reducing wind noise and fuel consumption. Nissan has also added a new hands-free function for the available power liftgate, plus restyled 20-inch wheels for the top-of-the-line Platinum trim.

Under the hood, the Pathfinder gets an upgraded 3.5-litre V6 engine. It features direct injection for 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, which is up from last year's 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. Both power and torque are produced at lower RPMs, making the engine more tractable. The Pathfinder continues to use a CVT as its only transmission; front-wheel drive is standard on the base S trim, with all-wheel drive as standard on the S AWD, SV, SL, and Platinum.

The added power of the new engine allows the Pathfinder to tow up to 6,000 lbs, which leads the class for midsize crossover utilities. That's 1,000 lbs more than last year's model, as well as 1,000 lbs more than the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. While Infiniti offers a hybrid version of its luxe Pathfinder-derived QX60, the 2017 Pathfinder will not be available as a hybrid.

With three rows of seating as standard, and a unique second-row bench that can tilt and slide with a full-size child's seat attached, the Pathfinder remains one of the segment's most family-friendly models. Upgrades to the 2017 model's cabin focus mainly on technology. A redesigned centre console features a brand new 8.0-inch touchscreen display front and centre. Standard on all models, it can be upgraded with navigation and Nissan's new NissanConnect telematics services on higher trim levels. Where equipped, the Pathfinder's 360-degree surround view parking camera system has been updated to include moving object detection, while adaptive cruise control and emergency autonomous braking are now available. There are new trim options including new cloth upholstery, plus an intriguing wavy-finish wood trim. Also upgraded is the optional rear-seat entertainment system. Nissan has increased the screen size on the dual headrest monitors to 8.0 inches, which are larger by one inch.

The current generation Pathfinder is by far and away the most comfortable and car-like iteration to date. The 2017 model continues to refine the ride and handling of the vehicle with a re-tuned front and rear suspension system that gets stiffer shocks and increased spring rates that aim to reduce body roll. The Pathfidner's electro-hydraulic power steering system is also 11 percent quicker than before to make the crossover feel less bulky and more nimble.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Specifications

There are 5 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $32,598 MSRP
10.1
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
284 hp @6400 rpm
Number of seats 7
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2WD 4dr S $32,598 7 SUV
2WD 4dr S 284 hp @6400 rpm 259 ft-lb @4800 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
2WD 4dr S 197.2" 77.2" 69.6" 114.2"
2WD 4dr S
2WD 4dr S Cloth Seats
2WD 4dr S
2WD 4dr S
4WD 4dr S $35,598 7 SUV
4WD 4dr S 284 hp @6400 rpm 259 ft-lb @4800 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr S 197.2" 77.2" 69.6" 114.2"
4WD 4dr S
4WD 4dr S Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr S
4WD 4dr S
4WD 4dr SV $38,298 7 SUV
4WD 4dr SV 284 hp @6400 rpm 259 ft-lb @4800 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr SV 197.2" 77.2" 69.6" 114.2"
4WD 4dr SV
4WD 4dr SV Cloth Seats
4WD 4dr SV
4WD 4dr SV
4WD 4dr SL $41,598 7 SUV
4WD 4dr SL 284 hp @6400 rpm 259 ft-lb @4800 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr SL 197.2" 77.2" 69.6" 114.2"
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr SL Leather Seats
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr SL
4WD 4dr Platinum $48,598 7 SUV
4WD 4dr Platinum 284 hp @6400 rpm 259 ft-lb @4800 rpm CVT Transmission Four Wheel Drive
4WD 4dr Platinum 197.2" 77.2" 69.6" 114.2"
4WD 4dr Platinum
4WD 4dr Platinum Leather Seats
4WD 4dr Platinum
4WD 4dr Platinum

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Nissan / Pathfinder

Average Rating

2004 Nissan Pathfinder

Trim: LE
by Autotraderca on 10-16-2012
Not best but better
Nissan is always placed next to Toyota or Honda. But I think not this model.
Better Price even better performance.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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1995 Nissan Pathfinder

by stackovrflo on 10-15-2012
My Dad hates this car.
I'm writing this review on behalf of my Dad who never hesitated to complain about this car in the 10 years he owned it. His major complaint was that everything started to break down in the car "overnight". It seemed the moment it hit around the 8 year mark, everything started to "go". I think he would have been better served to have gone with another car in the same class -- the Toyota 4Runner which is known to be very reliable with excellent resale value.
Overall
3.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
2/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
2/5
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2008 Nissan Pathfinder

Trim: S
by Olivier on 10-12-2012
Really good SUV
the nissan pathfinder is a very reliable car and while never let you down. whats fun about the pathfinder is that its big enough to seat 7 people but you can still drive it in town with no problem
my pathfinder has over 200000km on it and i still have not had any major problem with it i recommend the nissan pathfinder to everybody that wants a reliable SUV



Overall
4.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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