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COMPARISON: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder – Plenty of Room for Passengers or Cargo

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The Nissan Pathfinder is redesigned for 2017 with lots of improvements that add appeal to this 7-passenger SUV. There’s a new front grille and a matching update around back to give it a more aggressive stance.

It’s a capable family hauler with four-wheel drive so you can take it off-road or just have a better chance of getting the kids to school on time when the snow falls. The system will let you choose two-wheel or four-wheel drive or you can set it to auto and let the car figure out which setting is best.

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There’s a new 3.5-liter V6 that’s more powerful than before and there’s greater towing capacity. Tow up to 6,000 pounds in properly equipped models of the Pathfinder. The new engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission, which is surprisingly quiet and won’t make you wish you’d chosen a competitor with a traditional automatic transmission.

The interior is quiet and comfortable with a smooth ride and plenty of room. Even adults can sit in the third row and they can do it without having to be contortionists thanks to Nissan’s EZ Flex Seating System with Latch and Glide. It lets you slide the second row forward even with a child safety seat installed.

Infotainment comes with an 8-inch color display that includes NissanConnect with HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth hands-free. Upgrade the system for navigation and an optional Bose 13-speaker audio system. Overall, it’s easy to use with icons that quickly guide you to the right menu.

Safety is upgraded with new features like forward emergency braking, intelligent cruise control, and Around View monitor with moving object detection. This gives you a full 360-degree view around the vehicle so you are less likely to hit low-lying obstacles.

Let’s see how the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder compares to comparable SUVs.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4WD

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 264
Torque: 259 lb-ft
Transmission: CVT

Seating Dimensions (inches)
First Headroom: 42.2
First Legroom: 42.3
Second Headroom: 39.4
Second Legroom: 41.7
Third Headroom: 37.8
Thrid Legroom: 30.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 79.8
Behind Second Row: 42.4-47.8
Behind Third Row: 16.0

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 19
Highway: 26

Pricing: $37,220

2017-ford-explorer-xlt

2017 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 290
Torque: 255 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
First Headroom: 41.4
First Legroom: 42.9
Second Headroom: 40.6
Second Legroom: 39.5
Third Headroom: 37.8
Third Legroom: 33.3

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 81.7
Behind Second Row: 43.9
Behind Third Row: 21.0

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 16
Highway: 23

Pricing: $36,620

2016-honda-pilot

2016 Honda Pilot EX

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 280
Torque: 262 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
First Headroom: 40.1
First Legroom: 40.9
Second Headroom: 40.2
Second Legroom: 38.4
Third Headroom: 38.9
Third Legroom: 31.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 83.8
Behind Second Row: 46.8
Behind Third Row: 16.5

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 18
Highway: 26

Pricing: $32,145

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2016-toyota-highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander

Performance
Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 270
Torque: 248 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
First Headroom: 40.7
First Legroom: 44.2
Second Headroom: 39.9
Second Legroom: 38.4
Third Headroom:35.9
Third Legroom: 27.7

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)
Behind First Row: 83.7
Behind Second Row: 42.3
Behind Third Row: 13.8

Fuel Economy (mpg)
City: 19
Highway: 25

Pricing: $34,395

The Pathfinder comes up a little short on cargo capacity so those who are planning on lots of cargo and not so many people would do better with the competition. Otherwise, it’s a pretty tightly matched field without a clear winner in any one area.

Fuel economy and passenger room are very close making the decision of which three-row SUV to buy a bit more challenging. It comes down in large part to amenities. The higher trim levels will cost you more no matter which brand you choose, but you’re looking at something in the low to mid-thirties unless you go crazy with options.

The final decision is going to come down to personal preference and a careful test drive. Be sure you’re comfortable behind the wheel and make sure all three rows will serve as expected.

It’s essential to play around with the configurations. Stow the seats, flip them back up, and try getting into the third row. Be thorough and you’ll know that whichever SUV ends up in your driveway is one you can easily live with every day.

The Pathfinder is a solid choice with four different trim levels. You can even get into one for under $30,000 proving you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy the benefits of a large SUV.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin