Pathfinder — the name says it all. This powerful Nissan SUV is the ideal vehicle for forging your own path to adventure, as automobile enthusiasts Nick Lavecchia and Gary Plummer discovered when they tested the Pathfinder’s capabilities in the deserts of California. Ride along with Nick and Gary as they discover what makes the Pathfinder an ideal vehicle for all-terrain adventure.
Find Your Own Way with the Nissan Pathfinder
Upon climbing into Gary’s 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, Nick was immediately impressed. The SUV is as versatile as it is powerful, with room for seven passengers, and ample space left over for cargo. If it’s just you and a friend with lots of gear, the second and third rows fold down for 79.8 cu.ft. of space!
With the class-exclusive All-Mode® 4×4 system, you can lock into four-wheel drive mode for maximum traction on rough terrain, and switch it back to 2WD mode once you hit paved roads again. Alternatively, you can leave it on Auto Mode, and let your Pathfinder adjust the drive as needed.
The Pathfinder’s power comes from a 3.5L V6 engine that emits 259 lb.-ft. of torque. When properly equipped, the 2017 Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 lbs., so it was no trouble for Nick and Gary to bring a pair of ATVs with them. The available hill start assist and descent control come in handy when towing a trailer of any size, as it gives you more control navigating inclines and declines.
As the men rode down the Pacific Coast Highway, they marveled at the SUV’s engineering. The glove box is large enough to carry a camcorder, and an available USB port inside lets you charge it as you drive. The Platinum trim they were driving features an array of amenities to keep you comfortable on any drive. The climate controlled front seats offer both heating and cooling features. Behind the wheel, Gary enjoyed an 8-way power seat, while Nick had a 4-way power seat riding shotgun.
The available NissanConnect™ with Navigation led them through Malibu to Decker Canyon. The dual-panel panoramic moonroof gave an excellent view of the scenery as they drive from the beach and through the mountains. The twisting, turning roads were no match for the Pathfinder’s independent front and rear suspension.