Review: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Review: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Staunton area drivers looking for a full-size SUV in the $30-to-$35K price range have a few options, but none that will give you all the features and space - not to mention top safety ratings - of theĀ 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

This SUV is a great value and has proven popular among drivers in Virginia, so come take one for a test drive and see for yourself all that it has to offer. But first, check out our full review:

Features

The 2017 Pathfinder comes in five trims: S, SV, SL, Platinum, and Midnight Edition. The base S model comes standard with an infotainment system with 8-inch color display, 6-speaker audio, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio and wireless tech, Radio Data System, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. It also comes standard with tri-zone automatic temperature control, in-cabin microfilter, and has available HomeLink Universal Transceiver.

Upper trims are available with Remote Engine Start, a Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers and Acoustic Waveguide technology, and a Tri-Zone Entertainment System with dual 8-inch headrest-mounted monitors, remote control, and wireless headphones.

Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Pathfinder a Top Safety Pick, and it earned best-possible scores on all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The Pathfinder comes standard with a rearview monitor, NissanConnect service, Nissan Advanced Airbag System and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. It's also available with a Rear Sonar System, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Moving Object Detection, Around View Monitor, and Forward Emergency Braking.

Interior

The three-row Pathfinder seats up to seven passengers and features 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Plus, all models have the EZ FLEX Seating System with 60/40 split-folding second-row bench with LATCH AND GLIDE for easy maneuverability, and a 50/50 split-folding and reclining third row. With the third row folded, cargo expands to up to 47.8 cubic feet, and folding the second row gives you 79.8 cubic feet of open cargo space.

The Pathfinder is available with leather-appointed seating and trim, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and leather accents.

Engine

Under the hood, the Pathfinder is packing a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission). The powertrain makes 284 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, and comes with standard front-wheel drive or the option for all-wheel drive. If you plan on hitching a trailer or boat to your Pathfinder, you'll be glad to know it can tow up to 6,000 pounds - a 1,000-pound increase from the previous model.

Pricing

Starting at $30,290 MSRP