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Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2016 Erick Ayapana
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The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been updated, including a tweaked powertrain that now pumps out 284 hp from its 3.5-liter V-6 thanks to a new direct-injection system. Other changes to the 2017 Pathfinder include revised suspension and more tech, all of which should help make it more competitive against the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and other three-row family haulers. Styling has been revised as well, but is it an improvement over the outgoing 2016 Nissan Pathfinder?

Nissan says most of the changes are found up front. The hood, for example, is all new, while the grille adopts the automaker's signature "V-motion" design, replacing the predecessor's relatively basic front end look. The headlights are more expressive and feature LED daytime running lamps and a boomerang-like shape, though it's not as apparent as the ones found on the Maxima and 370Z. Nissan also redesigned the lower front spoiler, which helped reduce the Pathfinder's drag coefficient to 0.326, down from 0.34.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder front three quarter 03 1© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Nissan Pathfinder front three quarter 03 1

Wheels have been redesigned across the board. The base S model and mid-level SL and SV still come standard with 18-inch wheels, while the range-topping Pathfinder Platinum is fitted with 20s. Out back, the outer edges of the lower bumper has a more sculpted and boxy look, which helps eliminate some of the frumpiness found in the predecessor. The lower trim surrounding the tow hitch is beefier as well, while the taillights have been redesigned with a simpler look that reduces the clear lenses to only the reverse indicators.

Changes inside are minimal. S and SV models get new cloth materials, while all trim levels are fitted with a new 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, one inch bigger than before. Nissan also redesigned the front cupholders, which now accommodate mug handles. The faux-wood trim gets a matte-like finish and bolder pattern, while the front storage bin is now illuminated.

Is the 2017 Pathfinder refreshing to look at? Or is it revolting compared to the outgoing 2016 version? Let us know in the comments section.

Last week's Refreshing or Revolting showcased the 2017 Porsche Panamera, an all-new, second-generation model with sharper sheetmetal and well-executed detailing. MarksMT isn't a fan, stating that the Panamera is now a "cold Porsche knock-off design" with too much "cold VW corporate and not new enough Porsche soul."

On the other hand, Mantisman51 was though impressed. "It is amazingly refreshing. This car takes the best of Porsche design, inside and out, and delivers one of the most elegant cars to come out of Germany."

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