2017 Nissan Pathfinder

While much attention has gone to the compact market, there is still plenty of appeal remaining for the midsize SUV segment thanks to models like the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. The Pathfinder packs many perks families will love.

Here’s a breakdown on how the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder compares to other models in its class. For the sake of this comparison, we used the model S.

The Pathfinder is Affordable

Affordability is one of the main considerations most will have when comparing similarly sized SUVs, and this is one area that the Nissan Pathfinder does well in. For its basic model, the S, the starting price is $30,290. This price might seem high to some until you compare how much others in its segment cost.

Using automotive research site AxleGeeks, we found the average price of a 2017 midsize SUV is $35,850. Therefore, this lessens the sticker shock of the Pathfinder when you factor in the average cost of its immediate peers, saving you $5,560.

The Pathfinder is Fuel Efficient

Speaking of costs, one of the biggest factors buyers need to consider with vehicles of this size is fuel efficiency. Since this isn’t the most cost effective segment as it pertains to efficiency, finding a midsize SUV that delivers great gas economy can save you a good chunk of change if you plan on driving a ton.

When compared to others in its segment, the Nissan Pathfinder offers above average fuel economy. In the city, you can expect to receive 20 mpg and on the highway, its fuel efficiency is 27 mpg. Combined, it achieves 23 mpg, earning it a 4.5 percent advantage over of its competitors.

You can see an applicable benefit of this when you measure its fuel range. If city driving is what you do mostly you can expect to receive up to 390 miles per tank. Meanwhile, if your aim is highway driving extensively, then the Pathfinder has a range of up to 527 miles. In both cases, you can go further per tank—14 miles more in the city and 20 miles more on the highway—resulting in lower fuel costs over the life of ownership.

The Pathfinder Delivers Average Power

One of the big draws to midsize SUVs concerns their power. Manufacturers understand that along with interior versatility, the SUV’s performance capabilities are an important factor in many buyers’ minds.

To this end, the Nissan Pathfinder doesn’t provide jaw-dropping performance. The base engine offering for the Pathfinder S is the 3.5L V6 engine. This engine delivers a good boost of power, best represented by its 284-horsepower output. For most readers, this will be more than enough to give a good kick-start when tackling a steep incline or providing the power you need to maneuver around slow drivers.

The power is also enough to handle some of your hauling needs. With 259 ft-lbs of torque, the SUV can tow up to 6,000 pounds. This is the most impressive end of its capability when you consider the average towing capacity for the Pathfinder’s class is 3,500 pounds.

Overall, while there are more powerful options available, especially as it pertains to horsepower, the Pathfinder makes up for it by delivering excellent towing capacity to handle most of your jobs.

The Pathfinder is Versatile

Outside of its affordability and sporty exterior design, the biggest draw of the Pathfinder is its interior versatility. Simply, Nissan crafted an SUV that meets the demands of its diverse customer segment.

One of the ways it achieved this is by offering three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. In the first and second row, it offers more head and legroom than its competitors. In the third row, it is a tighter fit than some of the other third-row seating models available, as the Pathfinder has 2.5 inches less of headroom and 1.2 inches less of legroom. These differences are negligible though for most people.

Nissan equipped the Pathfinder with many convenience options to make your commutes easier. There are a rear A/C and heater for passengers to choose their own climate settings; there’s the available option of heated second-row seats, and passengers can keep their devices charged with the 120-volt outlet.

In addition, Nissan appointed the Pathfinder with touches of luxury. In its interior, you will discover superior touches of craftsmanship such as chrome accents, wood trim, and the available leather seating.

Concerning storage, the Pathfinder disappoints some. It has 16 cubic feet of trunk space and 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, with the second and third-row seats folded. To demonstrate how it lacks compared to other models in its class, the Chevrolet Traverse has 116.30 cubic feet of cargo room while the Toyota 4Runner has 89.70 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

The Pathfinder Comes Equipped with Ample Safety Features

Similar to all Nissan models, the Pathfinder comes with Nissan’s Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies. This suite consists of features like forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and moving object detection. What’s beneficial about these technologies is they work to give you more information about your surroundings so you can make quicker and wiser choices when driving.

Furthermore, Nissan equipped the Pathfinder with the Around View Monitor. This monitor uses four cameras to give you a 360-degree view of your surroundings. This makes it simpler to do everything from backing out of a parking spot to conducting maneuvers on the road such as changing lanes.

Our Take

The Nissan Pathfinder delivers in key areas buyers enjoy: affordability, versatility, and fuel economy. What’s more, unless you are seeking a midsize SUV with a sports car engine, you’ll find the Pathfinder to provide enough boost and capability to give your drives the power you want.

The biggest drawback of the Pathfinder concerns its interior spacing. If you require much in the way of cargo capacity, then there are better options available—like the Chevrolet Traverse.

Overall, the Pathfinder achieves a sporty look mixed with most of the features SUV buyers are looking for.

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