As the days begin too cool things off reaching the end of the year, inclement weather and challenging driving conditions are sure to follow. From daily errands to family road trips, the mid-sized 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and larger Armada would certainly help take on the fall and winter seasons resourcefully, safely and comfortably. The reviewed Platinum trims Nissan provides will make traveling that much more luxurious as well.
2017 Nissan Pathfinder 4WD
Ever since the Pathfinder SUV was introduced to the world in 1985, it has continued to set the standard for the segment for more than 30 years. Considering its sleek exterior, chrome accents, roof rails and numerous internal upgrades, virtually everything has changed except for its regal status in the industry. The impressive 3.5-liter V6 engine and its 284 horses under the hood are controlled by the unrivaled 2WD, 4WD, and Auto Modes, plus XTRONIC CVT for smoother power transmission.
Pampering accessories including heated leather seating, tri-zone automatic temperature control, BOSE Premium Audio System, sexy wood-tone trim, Bluetooth streaming, and the signature Latch and Glide technology for easy accessibility make up to seven passengers ride in style. To keep things tech savvy, one VTR jack, 12V outlets, and one 120V outlet provides electric powering for numerous devices as well. Considering the plethora of safety features such as the Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Forward Emergency Braking, Nissan does a fine job maintaining Pathfinder’s legendary status at a reasonable price under 45K.
MSRP: $43,560 including destination charge and all options as reviewed
Gas mileage: 19 city/26 highway/21 combined
2017 Nissan Armada Platinum 4WD
The Armada shares many of the technological advancements the Pathfinder possesses, but is larger and packs more brawn inside and outside. Starting with the engine, the flexing 5.6-liter, 32-valve Endurance V8 engine packs 390-horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque with a 7-speed automatic transmission. This power enables drivers to haul the necessary cargo to make any trip that much more adventurous with 8,500-lb maximum towing capacity and up to 1,584 pounds of maximum payload. However, this amount of brawn comes with a cost; its only drawback is the thirsty average of 15 miles to the gallon.
With its muscular frame sitting on chromed 20-inch, 8-spoke wheels, maneuvering is eased by the gracious Around View Monitor with eight sensors making up the front and rear sonar system; everything from parking to detecting objects become a lot easier especially in crowded parking lots. This luxurious vessel’s cabin is also lined with leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker BOSE system, and hours of entertainment thanks to the two, seven-inch WVGA color displays equipped with two wireless headphones. Considering the long list of safety features, exterior embellishments and other technological enhancements the Armada delivers, anyone desiring a large SUV to literally sit them high on the throne needs to look no further.
Base price: $61,735 including destination charge and all options as reviewed
Gas mileage: 13 city/15 highway/18 combined
For more information, visit NissanUSA.com.