2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Crossover SUVs are increasingly popular year-after-year. This has forced some automakers to switch their used-to-be well-loved truck-based SUVs over to the more eco-friendly car-based vehicle design. This is so that vehicles like the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder are able to stay relevant in the crossover craze that’s continuing to spread across the nation like wildfire. Sure, this might sacrifice some of the Pathfinder’s traditional, SUV off-road capability and utility. However, the trade-off is a much more fuel-efficient performance, and family-friendly design. Since this three-row crossover’s mission is now to give the family an efficient and reliable ride around town, safety is also more of a concern than before as well. With technology being valued slightly less-than or just as much as safety.

That’s the name of the game for the crossover segment, and the Pathfinder is clearly playing to win.

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47.8 cu. ft.

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27 mpg

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Nissan Pathfinder Safety

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Top Safety Scores

On the safety side of things, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is also doing quite well for itself. It’s received pretty decent safety scores across the board from both the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Plus, it has a host of standard safety features for the base trim, along with plenty of driver assist technology features on higher trim levels.

Safety Scores

In the NHTSA government crash testing, the Pathfinder received a five (out of five) stars for overall crash prevention, four stars in front-impact protection, and five-stars in side-impact protection. The IIHS gave it the best rating of Good in small and moderate-overlap front-impact tests, and another top-score of Good for side-impact, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

Top scores like that make it one of the leading crossovers in the industry.


When it comes to safety features, you’ll find a slew of standard options on the base trim, such as the Nissan Advanced Airbag system with dual-stage supplemental front airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags; roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags with rollover sensor for outboard occupant/head protection in all three rows; Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System; Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS); LATCH System; energy-absorbing steering column; hood-buckling creases; pipe-style side-door guard beams; and zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones.

Like most other vehicles, the more advanced driver-assist safety features can be found standard on the higher trim levels. Getting the Platinum trim gives you access to features like Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, and NissanConnect services, a suite that includes features like automatic collision notification, emergency calling, stolen vehicle locator, and alarm notification.

In other words, the 2017 Pathfinder has everything you need when it comes to keeping you and your family safe on the road.

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Nissan Pathfinder Performance

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Performance

All-Around Good Performance

A revamped V6 engine makes an appearance on the 2017 Pathfinder with horsepower and torque increasing to 24 and 19, respectively. Naturally, this improves the Pathfinder’s acceleration, and thanks to the increase in torque and overall capability, the towing capacity is better as well.

All this without harming the noteworthy fuel-efficiency boasted by the previous model.


The revised engine in question is the 3.5-liter V6 that carried over from last year’s model, able to produce 284 horsepower/259 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to the bump in power from the upgrades.

It’s paired to a CVT (continuously variable transmission), and front-wheel drive comes standard. If you’re worried about bad whether, then all-wheel drive with an integrated four-wheel lock system is optional.


Since that 3.5-liter V6 is the solitary engine choice, fuel-efficiency is pretty even across the trim levels. With FWD models sitting at 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway (not too shabby), and all-wheel drive models sitting at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Towing Capacity

When you take into consideration the horsepower/torque generated by the V6 engine, the fuel-efficiency isn’t something to shrug off. However, when the realization sets in that the 2017 Pathfinder is able to tow 6,000 pounds (when properly equipped), that fuel-efficiency becomes even more appealing. For a three-row crossover of this caliber, that towing capacity is considered above-average for the segment.

Overall, the performance of the Pathfinder isn’t just fuel-efficient; it could be considered stand-up for the segment. Especially with that above-average towing capacity, which gives it some major brownie points with those who are looking to get a little more utility out of their crossover.

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Nissan Pathfinder Design

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Design

Family-Friendly Design

For one of the vehicles that truly ignited America’s SUV craze all those years ago, the Nissan Pathfinder looks quite different today.

It used to have a roughneck appearance. In fact, the Pathfinder was almost just as popular with the off-road community as a Jeep Wrangler or Land Rover, which speaks for its all-terrain credibility and capability.

But with the second generation, gone was the rugged and traditional SUV appearance. Left in its place was a family-friendly crossover. For the third-generation, Nissan decided to switch it back to a traditional truck-based SUV design, obviously deeming that the Pathfinder belonged in the woods. But when crossovers started really taking off in the automotive world, the current (fourth) generation saw the return of the more comfort-oriented crossover design. Officially sealing its fate as a more streamlined, soft-edged, and “safe” looking vehicle that would appeal to families everywhere.

However, it’s important to note that with the release of the 2017 Pathfinder the design is slightly more masculine compared to the previous year. The 2016 model looked like a minivan with a slightly-aggressive stance; whereas the 2017 model actually looks like an aggressive crossover. Thanks to harder character lines and a more muscular design overall. But, it’s actually more aerodynamic than before. Meaning, it’s design can target both aggressive-looking crossover SUV lovers, and those who are worried about fuel-efficiency.

Why is that important? Simple because it’s rare for a crossover’s design to effectively play into both roles successfully.


The interior is a bonus for the Pathfinder. It provides competitive materials quality, with those materials attractively laid out. The overall, seven-person design is very ergonomic when it comes to user-friendliness.

The second row provides 39.4 inches of headroom, 41.7 inches of legroom, and 60.4 inches of shoulder room. Adding-up to a good (and competitive) amount of space and comfort for those passengers. Access to the third-row is made even easier, thanks to the second-row seat’s ability to slide forward farther than other crossover SUVs in this class.

With the third-row seats out of the question, storage space sits at 47.8 cu. ft. When the second-and-third-row seats are taken out of the equation, storage space is at an average 79.8 cu. ft, plenty of room to carry whatever it is you might need.

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