2017 Nissan Pathfinder
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.
Gone is the intimidating, rough-and-tumble sport-utility look. This one is in line with the family wagon.
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.