Inside, the Pathfinder continues to offer seating for seven, with easy access to the third row thanks to articulated second-row seat cushions that flip up before the seat folds forward, allowing the second row seats to move forward almost flat. An additional trick allows the passenger-side second row seat to dip down and slide forward instead if there’s a child seat installed, allowing slightly more restricted access to the third row without removing the child seat.
Of course no refresh is complete these days without a helping of new technology and driver assistance features, and for 2017 the Pathfinder gets plenty of both. Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio is now standard on all trim levels including the base S model. As well, all trim levels get a bigger new infotainment touchscreen (eight inches versus the previous seven-inch screen) with a new user interface supporting swipe and pinch-to-zoom gestures, an improved icon-based menu system, and new connectivity features. I was able to find most of the infotainment functions I was looking for reasonably quickly, even while driving around in unfamiliar territory, so I’ll give the system an initial passing grade. Other available new tech (depending on trim levels) includes a motion-activated tailgate, moving object detection for Nissan’s around-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, forward emergency braking, and forward collision warning, in addition to the previously available blind spot warning and cross traffic alert systems.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder will be arriving at dealerships in mid-September and will be sold in S, SV, SL, SL Tech and Platinum trim levels.