2017 Nis­san Pathfinder

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The Nis­san Pathfinder — avail­able in S, SV, SL and Plat­inum trim lev­els — is per­fect for lon gf am­ily road trips. But don’t suc­cumb to off-road fan­tasies with this one, es­pe­cially when car­ry­ing more than four peo­ple. If you are se­ri­ous about off-road­ing, make sure that the Pathfinder you choose is specif­i­cally out­fit­ted f oro ff-road driv­ing. Choose pas­sen­gers with some off-road ex­pe­ri­ence — no more than four peo­ple. You might need the ex­tra pas­seng er s pace f or o ff-road emer­gency equip­ment and campin gg ear.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling:

It gets good marks for ride and ac­cel­er­a­tion. De­cent marks for han­dling. “De­cent” means cau­tion, es­pe­cially in and around curves.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient:

Gone is the in­tim­i­dat­ing, rough-and-tum­ble sport-util­ity look. This one is in line with the fam­ily wagon.

Body style/lay­out:

The orig­i­nal Pathfinder was based on a fam­ily sedan that mor­phed into some­thing like a rugged war wagon that mor­phed into what now is a pleas­ant fam­ily wagon. It is avail­able in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive in all trim lev­els. Ca­pac­i­ties: It can seat up to seven peo­ple. Carg oca pac­ity with all seats in place is 16 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gal­lons o fg aso­line. Reg­u­lar un­leaded is okay.


I av­er­aged 25 miles per gal­lon on the high­way with one pas­sen­ger and light cargo.


Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes front and rear ven­ti­lated disc brakes; four­wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; trac­tion and sta­bil­ity con­trol; blind-side mon­i­tor­ing; rear cross-traf­fic alert; and side and head air bags. Pric­ing: The 2017 Nis­san Pathfinder Plat­inum with all-wheel-drive starts at $43,560. There is a $250 charge for mostly cos­metic options and a $900 cost for ship­ping it to the dealer. The fi­nal price as tested is $44,685. But this one is sur­rounded by com­pe­ti­tion. You can bar­gain.

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