Read more about the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Gains Power, Style and a Better Tow Rating at AutoGuide.com.The popular Nissan Pathfinder has been refreshed for 2017. This large, three-row crossover has been extensively revised, sporting new exterior styling, an enhanced powertrain, and, of course, plenty of interior updates.
At first blush, it now fits in nicely with the rest of Nissan’s lineup, as it gains a V-Motion grille and with fresh headlamps. The hood is also more aggressively styled and the front and rear bumpers have been reworked.
Not only do these surface changes improve the Pathfinder’s outward appearance, they also make it more functional. Aerodynamics are better than before, plus there’s enhanced cooling to help keep engine temperatures in check.
Speaking of propulsion, you’ll still find a 3.5-liter V6 onboard, but it’s been overhauled with a host of fresh components. The pistons are new, there’s a reworked intake manifold, the compression ratio now measures 11-to-1 and it finally sports direct fuel injection.
All told, these changes increase horsepower to 284, up from just 260. Torque also swells to 259 lb-ft compared to just 240 last year. As expected, an Xtronic CVT is the only transmission available, though you can opt for either two- or four-wheel drive.