2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Gets an Upgrade


 2017 Nissan Pathfinder more tech-savvy, more powerful, better to drive and priced from $41,990

 Nissan has revised its Toyota Kluger-rivalling Nissan Pathfinder for the 2017 model year. Changes centre around in-car entertainment, performance and driveability, and the range is on sale now, priced from $41,990.

Three trim levels remain: ST, ST-L and Ti and customers have a choice between front or all-wheel drive. The mighty 3.5 petrol V6 remains as does the four-cylinder/hybrid combination. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only transmission available.

People that generally buy cars such as the Pathfinder have children, and children like to be amused. Even adults like to be amused, especially on long car trips. Thankfully, features such as Bluetooth music streaming is now standard on all models, along with voice control, two USB ports – three if you opt for the posh Ti – so people can plug in their favourite devices and an eight-inch colour touch screen display is now standard across the range.

Tri-zone climate control helps to keep all seven passengers across three rows comfortable as possible, and ST-L and Ti models have heated and cooled front seats.

There’s 10 cup holders, six bottle holders, four 12 volt power outlets and an underfloor storage area behind the third row of seats to help accommodate everyone’s stuff.

There’s also a new driver information display and smart key entry and Ti customers also get a memory function with their smart key, along with a tri-zone entertainment system which is connected to an impressive 13 Bose speakers. New to the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is motion activation for the rear tailgate, where a wave of a foot under the rear bumper will open the boot.

On the safety front, all models get six airbags, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard. ST-L and Ti customers also get emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, Around View – 360 degree views from around the car, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

The 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine has also had an extensive overhaul, with 50 per cent new parts, and a power increase of 12 kilowatts and a torque increase of 15 Newton metres. New outputs are 202kW and 340Nm respectively.

The hybrid drivetrain for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder remains the same.

The CVT transmission has been improved for greater responsiveness, and under hard acceleration there is now the “stepped” feeling of a conventional automatic gearbox. The suspension has also been firmed up and the steering quickened for greater driver satisfaction.

Most obviously, styling has come in for a major overhaul too, with a handsome and chunkier front end with LED headlamps, along with a lightly primped rear and new wheel designs.

Prices for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder range remain unchanged compared to the 2016 models, bar the base ST, where there is a $500 increase.

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