Whenever I begin writing a review with a personal bias, it’s important to state it up front, so here goes: I haven’t much liked the Nissan Pathfinder since its redesign in 2013. It was nice enough, but too bland—especially given its position in the Nissan lineup between the Rogue and the Murano, both of which are excellent SUVs. Knowing that the 2017 model was scheduled for a mid-cycle refresh—which normally consists of a few styling changes, some new mechanical bits, and a few new features—I didn’t expect my opinion to change much.
Boy, was I wrong.
The changes to the 2017 Pathfinder may be subtle, but these well-thought-out tweaks completely transform the Pathfinder’s look, feel, and attitude. Much to my surprise, I like the new 2017 Pathfinder. I mean, I really like it.