The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is supposed to be a car aimed at big families and providing roominess, safety and entertainment for loads of children on a long trip. Who better to review it than child-bearing Amelia? She will know the true value of a large family SUV. And her sensible side loves that it is a hybrid. But that’s all on paper. Let’s see it in practice.

Pathfinder Hybrid Specifications

Engine Size: 2.5 Litre + 15kW Electric Motor
Max. Power: 188kW 
Max. Torque: 330Nm 
Fuel Type: Petrol + Electric
Fuel Consumption: 8.7L/100km
Transmission:  CVT Automatic 

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The 7-seater is a great car for a big family, especially in higher trim levels. However, they did not forget to give some fun to the person behind the wheel. The 2017 Pathfinder is firmer than the previous model and it gives far better feedback to the driver. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still tanker-sized and definitely not a racing machine, but it is more driver oriented than the previous one. This being said, it is also reasonably capable offroad.

Key features of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Amelia reviewed:

  • Hill Start Assist
  • 7 Seats
  • Large sunroofs (yes, two of them)
  • Split rear entertainment system
  • Easy access to all seats
  • Heated and vented front seats
  • Pinch-to-zoom touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Reversing camera
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Foot activated tailgate
  • Brake assist
  • Collision warning system
  • Full auto braking
  • Intelligent cruise control
  • Intelligent surround view
  • Moving objects detection
  • Brake assist
  • Better fuel efficiency

So, how does it compare with some of its competitors? Pretty well actually. It’s top spec gives more tech, the front seats are larger than those in most cars, the third row seats give more room than in most cars, even though they are smaller than the other 5 and the car comes with plenty of safety perks.

All in all, if you are looking for a large family car with 7 seats, you can’t go wrong with the Pathfinder.

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