In its competitive market, the Nissan Pathfinder is the only vehicle to utilize the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), referred to by some as a single-speed transmission, or step-free transmission and a pulley transmission. It is an automatic mechanism with the ability to change without effort through a continuous range of operative gear ratios. It can be compared to those used in an ATV or snowmobile.
Despite the presence of a CVT, driving the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder could create the impression of using a 6-speed gearbox. Similarly, when the throttle is depressed during hill climbing, you will experience a surge in the rpm to 3000 from a relatively stately 2000 rpm. This is one indication of the changes made to the programming of the Pathfinder CVT, to a degree of seeming like a regular gearbox.
Driving the Pathfinder
The suspension of the 2017 Pathfinder has also experienced various revisions, significantly related to the shocks, springs and damping rates, which are immediately and satisfactorily detected. A ride is created that is more stable and secure, with less pitch and roll and with pot-holed roads negotiated with ease and even, elegance. Unlike instances in former Pathfinder models, the 2017 model is completely capable and requires less effort with the steering wheel, making rough surface negotiation significantly less work.
Staying with the steering; this has been improved to permit less effort in wheel turning, thus allowing the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder to track and traverse roads without any difficulty. The steering operation continues to be hydraulic, with on occasion feedback being felt from the torque by way of the wheel when a hard throttle is utilized in 2WD mode. However, for those who enjoy driving on twisting roads, they will enjoy the ride.
Viewing the Pathfinder
The exterior appearance of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, shows that detailed updating has given the vehicle a sharper, cleaner look, making it a good-looking piece of mid-sized SUV machinery! With its new style bumpers, hood, grille, and taillights, as well as the wheels, mirrors and HID headlamps with daytime LED running lights, this Pathfinder offers the picture of a controlled road predator.
Perhaps for many, the main news revolves around the new 3.5-litre V6 engine, generating increased horsepower to 284, with a maximum towing capacity of 2,722 kg. Fuel consumption has an improved economy rate of 12.1 L/100 km city, 8.9 highway and 10.7 combined. Peak torque remains steady at 4,800 rpm, therefore, some gas pressure is needed for maximum effect, but in city and town, Pathfinder power is more than comfortable.