The Nissan Pathfinder is a bit like that song you keep skipping over in a playlist, but never really want to delete. It has sat in Nissan’s extensive line up since its introduction in the 1980’s.
In 2016, the Nissan Pathfinder finds itself being restyled to fit a new silhouette. Rather than the off-road-capable machine it was introduced as, it is now a more watered-down (not a bad thing) SUV.
While the SUV isn’t completely redesigned, there are key updates that come with the new model year for 2016.
The new 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is more drive-able, safer and more powerful. These new changes are essential, especially with the Pathfinders competition. The Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Toyota High Lander will make up some of the opposing market.
To stay competitive with the new SUV’s in town, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has made some impressive leaps. The big engine remains under the hood, fuel economy gets an approval, and dynamics are improved.
Those dynamic improvements come courtesy of a re-worked steering system and suspension. That should help the driver feel more connected to the vehicle while you head down the road.
One thing I found interesting about the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, is the absence of a hybrid. It is getting more commonplace for SUV releases to include a hybrid version, so not seeing one is more surprising. The new 2016 Nissan Pathfinder may get a hybrid cousin soon, but as of right now, none in sight.
A number of improvements have been made to the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, which is good given its history. The SUV moves away from its odd-ball past and into a more stable market.
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The Exterior-2016 Nissan Pathfinder:
Nissan’s bold grille is instantly recognizable. While I do wish they would incorporate that bold grille into the rest of the design, it seems comfortable here.
The headlights are large and pretty much complete the otherwise plain face of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder.
SUV’s are growing up it seems; The front fascia and overall design of SUV’s is getting more professional looking. The front end is smiling less.
In its previous forms, the Nissan Pathfinder was extremely confused, and confusing to look at. The grille and head lights were sharp and pointy, while the rest of the front was round and bubbly.
Going down the side of the car, the bubbly-ness continued and featured vertical door handles on the rear doors. Old Nissan Pathfinders looked like two cars taped together but I have no idea which ones.
This makes me happy that the new SUV is much more symmetrical. While it still has a bit of ways to go, it is a step in the right direction.
For quite a while, Nissan has had a generally unexciting line up. Clearly there are exceptions, but the re-worked Pathfinder is setting itself up to be a strong brand staple.
Previous Nissan Pathfinders had some body-on-frame off road capability, but Nissan decided to take this Pathfinder in a new direction.
The rear end of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is very typical Nissan. It is clearly an SUV, but it retains some Nissan touches. The rear window is large, and the small wing and black bumper make the rear look athletic.
The Interior-2016 Nissan Pathfinder:
While the exterior is pleasant on the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, I can’t say the same about the interior. Nissan is well known for having some pretty underwhelming interiors, and this one is no different.
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a very new car, but it already looks outdated on the inside. The loads of buttons and knobs do not look updated at all in a world controlled by touch screens and simple dials.
Bits and pieces of the buttons look like they were from a scrap bin in the factory. From every angle it just looks…Old.
I don’t want to keep repeating the same old complaint, but the interior of a new vehicle should be up-to-date, competitive and stylish. I admit I am picky with interiors, but Nissan knows how to do better.
The exterior of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is decent, but the interior is sub-par. Maybe Nissan customers like not having a lovely interior and don’t really care, but come on…At least the infotainment system is updated.
Regardless, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder can fit in 7 passengers comfortably.
The Performance-2016 Nissan Pathfinder:
While the interior is the vehicles biggest down fall, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is engineered quite well.
The 3.5 L V6 engine will still power the 2016 Pathfinder, but 56 percent of the engine is completely new. Changes include a new aluminum block, direct injection, new manifolds and compression ratios.
The 3.5 L will also be finding its way into other Nissan models like the Maxima and Altima.
Usually adding more power to the engine means the fuel economy suffers. Luckily, Nissan engineers know how to make good engines.
27 miles per gallon on the highway and 20 miles per gallon in the city is what you can expect from the FWD 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. As for the all-wheel-drive version, you can expect 26 highway and 19 city MPG.
Like I said, Nissan re-worked the suspension assembly, so the driver gets more feedback. Also, the steering ratio is improved 11 percent.
From an engineering standpoint, the new 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a win. On an interior stand point, it’s not.
|Vehicle Type:||Crossover SUV|
|Power Plant:||3.5 L V6|
|Gearbox:||7 speed automatic|
|MPG:||Up to 27 Highway/20 City (Eco)|
|Length:||199 inches (5.05 Meters)|
|Width:||77 inches (1.95 Meters)|
|Height:||70 inches (1.77 Meters)|
|Wheelbase:||114.2 inches (2.90 Meters)|
|Top Speed:||120 MPH (193 KPH)|
|Seating:||Up to 7 Adults|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||7.4 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$31,200 (est).|
Sum It Up:
Nissan made a good three-row SUV, but they could have made a great one. This in unfortunate, since it seems every manufacture has up’ed their game. The release date for the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder was in fall 2015.