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

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

by lethalknowledge on 11-15-2017
Very high end car for such a low price!
Ever since I upgraded to this new SUV my drives to and from work have been a pleasure; I no longer hate the drive, I actually rather enjoy it. This vehicle is one of the most comfortable ones I've ever driven and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting luxury at a fraction of the cost!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2001 Nissan Pathfinder

Trim: LE
by Cole5539 on 12-01-2017
Reliable, Safe and Comfortable
I have had two Pathfinders in the last 20 years. I purchased a 2001 LE new and have been driving it ever since. I've kept it in a garage and been the primary driver for the last 17 years. I currently have 333,000 kms and have done nothing more than replace ALL the fluids, an engine seal, CO2 sensors, and filters as required. The transmission is running smooth as is everything else in the vehicle. Love this vehicle and recommend them above the rest.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Nissan Pathfinder

by Pathismylove on 11-29-2017
Super!!!
We have loved this car very much! As we have two children we want our new car to have the plenty of space for all of us and for all our staff. And this car is exactly what we were looking for!
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

by lethalknowledge on 11-15-2017
Very high end car for such a low price!
Ever since I upgraded to this new SUV my drives to and from work have been a pleasure; I no longer hate the drive, I actually rather enjoy it. This vehicle is one of the most comfortable ones I've ever driven and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting luxury at a fraction of the cost!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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