2017 Nissan Pathfinder Specs, Review, Price

Nissan has also announced its lineup for the coming year, which includes the latest version of the Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder is one of the company’s longest running products and has almost become synonymous with the Nissan name. It was launched on the market in 1986 as a two-door, off-road vehicle that borrowed heavily from Nissan’s Hardbody pickup trucks. Since its availability to the general public, the Pathfinder has undergone a series of renditions.

Let us dig a little deeper to develop a better understanding of all that the 2017 model has to offer.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder front

2017 Nissan Pathfinder – Stylish Exterior:

Nissan has redesigned the front bumper, hood, grille, and headlights of the Pathfinder to give it a more rugged and masculine look. In addition to this, the company designers have also made minute changes to the taillights and rear bumper of the car. However, according to some these changes are so insignificant that one can barely distinguish between the previous generations and the current model of the Pathfinder.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder rear

2017 Nissan Pathfinder – Engine Specs:

Despite the not so apparent changes in the exterior of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, the engine specifications of the SUV have indeed been significantly improved. The 2017 version uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with direct fuel injection and revised air intake. Apart from this, there has also been the installation of a new piston and low-friction cylinder coating. According to the company, this has increased the output of the engine from a 260 hp, with 240 lb-ft of torque, in previous models, to 284 hp and 259 torque in the 2017 version. The V-6 is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Moreover, this upgrading of the engine has also decreased the time for the crossover to reach a speed of 60 mph from zero mph by about 0.2 seconds. Although official numbers are not available, many unofficial test runs by people put this to be about 7.3 seconds.

However, the fuel economy of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder remains the same as that of its predecessors. In the city, it has a fuel economy of 20 mpg, but if you are driving on the highway, then the value is 27 mpg. These figures are for the front wheel drive, if you are using the all-wheel drive, then the value for the city is 19 mpg and 26 mpg on the highway. The top speed of the Pathfinder is 125 mph.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder engine

2017 Nissan Pathfinder – Interior and Features:

The inner cabin and features have also received a much-needed renovation. Cruise control, emergency brakes, and forward-collision warning have been added to the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. Other features include the installation of a 360-degree camera and touchscreen monitors, which regulate the lift gate. The transmission selector is a traditional joystick instead of levers and buttons.  Besides these additions, a USB port, satellite radio and a blind-spot warning have also been put in. Moreover, there is also a third row in the seven seater vehicle now, which can be accessed without any difficulty.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior


Wheelbase114.2 inches
Length198.5 inches
Width77.2 inches
Height70.2 inches
Passenger Volume151 to 155 cu ft.
Cargo Volume16 cu ft.
Curb Weight4500 to 4700 lb.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder – Price and Release Date:

The company has yet to release an official price tag for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, but many insider reports suggest the base price be somewhere around $31,000.  Much like the price, a release date has also not been confirmed, but it is sure that this minivan alternative will be available in the market in early to mid-2017.

All in all, the Nissan Pathfinder can be very helpful if you want to use it as a family car to run errands or pick and drop your kids from the school. However, it will not satisfy the inner adventurer and car enthusiast in you. Nonetheless, all readers are advised to give this fine piece of automobile innovation and look and decide for themselves.

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