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2018 Nissan Pathfinder: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 28, 2017
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Model Preview

Throughout the past few years, the Nissan Pathfinder has seen some dramatic changes as it moved from rugged, off-road-ready SUV to a more cushiony crossover. Following a relatively dramatic restyling in 2017, we anticipate the 2018 Pathfinder being essentially a carryover.

No major changes are expected to the recently refreshed Pathfinder body. While familiar, the latest iteration has plenty of details that make it stand out from the previous model. The changes include an all-new nose as well as new sheet metal, body lines, headlights, and grille. Inside, the changes include a new infotainment system, standard Advanced Drive-Assist Display, updated cloth seats, and more.

Powering the new Pathfinder will likely be the same revised 3.5-liter V6 as the current model. This engine is rated at 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque and mates with the third-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission that delivers power to either the front wheels or all four wheel via Nissan’s All-Mode 4x4-i system.

While the refreshed 2017 Pathfinder has yet to undergo testing, the 2016 version performed well with “Good” ratings in all five of the IIHS’ main test categories. New for 2017 is available Forward Emergency Braking, which should meet the IIHS’ requirement to be a Top Safety Pick once it tests the refreshed Pathfinder. Also available on the safety side of things will be intelligent cruise control, moving object detection, an Around View Monitor, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

Nissan has not yet announced an official release date for the 2018 Pathfinder. That said, based on production estimates, we currently anticipate an on-sale date in September 2017.

Since it will be a carryover, we do not expect the 2018 Pathfinder to carry a price much higher than the current model, which ranges from $30,930 to $44,500 (destination fees included).

In this range, the Pathfinder will compete with the Honda Pilot ($31,245 to $47,670), the Toyota Highlander ($31,430 to $44,470), and the GMC Acadia ($29,995 to $47,845).

Learn about the current Pathfinder on sale now »

Pictured: 2017 Pathfinder

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