The mid-cycle refresh for the 2017 model year of the Nissan Pathfinder includes a modified V6, retuned chassis parts, as well as upgraded technologies.
The Nissan Pathfinder has always been a rugged model in the Japanese automaker’s lineup – up until the fourth generation made its way onto US shores with a decidedly more mainstream approach. That move seems to have been successful, moving away from the rugged credentials towards a family-friendly approach. The formula is the same for the 2017 MY update, with Nissan only upgrading the areas that will make the seven-seater SUV better for daily use. For example, we have an upgraded powertrain – Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 now has direct injection for a total of 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque – up 24 hp and 19 lb-ft compared to the predecessor.
FWD is standard, AWD is optional and there’s also the choice of the Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Some other mechanical components have been improved: front and rear shocks are stiffer, rebound springs combine with the front struts and rear rebound spring rates have jumped 25 percent. The electric power steering system is 11 percent faster and the model also has some styling changes to brag about. The front and back have been modified, for a subtle improvement. Inside, the standard eight-inch touchscreen packs the newest NissanConnect infotainment software, with navigation for pricier versions. There’s also a new motion-activated liftgate and Nissan keeps the same trim levels – S, SV, SL, and Platinum.