2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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More substantive changes were made beneath the skin.The 3.5-liter V-6 gets direct injection,a revised air intake,new pistons,a low-friction cylinder coating,variable intake-valve timing,and a higher compression ratio. As a result,output increases from 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque to 284 and 259.

As before,the V-6 is teamed with a continuously variable automatic transmission,a technology that Nissan embraces with greater fervor than any other manufacturer. Maybe it’s a result of all that experience,or maybe a CVT is less annoying when hooked to a torquey V-6,but we found the transmission in the Pathfinder to be largely unobtrusive,with simulated ratio changes that help it do a passable impression of a conventional automatic.The V-6’s engine note is still gritty,however, and road noise is prevalent.

 


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