With mid-size proportions, Nissan Pathfinder is crossover SUV which will serve you well if you need up to seven seating positions and want more than average towing capability. Aside from that, Nissan will stand against rivals such as Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer with the powerful V-6 engine which provides strong acceleration but also manages respectable fuel economy. Flexible interior, quiet ride and well-equipped trims are also strong sides of this family hauler. The latest and refreshed version is the 2017 model but the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder should also bring some improvements.
The 2017 model year brought substantial refresh for this model a three year after its redesign. There were some important updates like the more powerful and efficient powertrain. However, Nissan did a good job on the steering system and suspension but also on model’s exterior. Further, a new infotainment system and additional features are also welcomed.
On the other hand, the new 2018 version should bring new color options, more standard equipment and wider availability of some advanced safety features.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder: Styling
Expect nothing more than new color options and possibly the new exterior theme for the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. Nissan made the Pathfinder more SUV-like and attractive with the 2017 model year changes. It now features crisper lines and more angular front and rear fascias. The grille has also been modernized and all Pathfinders come with LED DRLs. The Pathfinder also features muscular bumpers and flowing character line which also add to its visual identity.
Interior, Comfort, Trims:
Inside is, however, where some changes could happen. The Pathfinder already has the calm cabin with well-solved third-row access and comfortable second-row. The materials quality is also competitive but for the new model year, Nissan could go slightly upscale with fresh materials and textures.
On, the other hand, Nissan updated its infotainment system for the 2017 model but some incremental updates are also possible. Nissan should also provide some of the advanced safety features more accessible.
However, we again expect this model in the same trim range which includes S, SV, SL, and top Platinum.
Standard features will include an 8-inch infotainment system, HD and satellite radio, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, but also tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, etc.
In the upper trims, available will also be fog lights, larger wheels, exterior and interior trim inserts, upgraded seats and upholstery, premium sound system, rear seat entertainment and much more.
On the safety front, the model will also include everything that we should expect from this class. There will be forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot system and rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and surround view system but Nissan should add a few new driver aids as well.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder: Powertrain, MPG
Mechanically, the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder won’t change from the current state. Nissan did a good job with model’s suspension and steering system for the 2017 model. The pathfinder now has well-weighted and responsive steering and firmer suspension.
The engine is also more powerful and efficient thanks to added direct injection, new variable valve timing, also new air intake system and some structural improvements. Therefore, we don’t expect changes in power and torque ratings compared to the current engine version. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine can produce 284 hp and torque of 259 pound-feet. It will come with the continuously variable transmission and standard front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive will be optional.
Maximum towing capacity of this model will be up to 6, 000 pounds. On the other hand, the fuel economy will be 23 mpg combined with the front-wheel drive and 22 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder: Arrival and Price
We expect the new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder in late 2017 or early 2018 but Nissan should give us the more precise release date soon. As for the price, expect it to start from about $30, 000 and reach $45, 000 for the range-topping version.