2017 Nissan PathfinderThis past July it was an honor to be invited to the #FindYourNewPath with the all new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder unveiling, which has been on the market for 30 years ( I’m old). This invite came just in time as I am looking to purchase a larger vehicle. If I’m being completely honest with you, Nissan Pathfinders were not my choice of SUV. I love a couple of their car models such as the Maxima and Altima but, I just never fell in love with the exterior look of the Pathfinder.

Walking into the reveal, I was willing to give Nissan another chance. There was some level of excitement to see the new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder model, praying that Nissan upped the ante with the overall look and features. Before the reveal, the new 2017 Pathfinder was touted as having a higher level of performance and style with:

▪   Aggressive New Exterior Styling

▪   New 3.5L Engine for Increased Power

▪   Greater Towing Capacity

▪   Improved Driving Dynamics

▪   Advanced Driver Assistance Features

▪   Available Tri-Zone Entertainment System

▪   Seats 7 (3rd row seat) and has 4 Doors

▪   20/27 City/Highway MPG

All of these upgrades sound great but, before I think of features on any car, the look is what attracts me first.

Boy was I wowed by the improvements that Nissan made to the 2017 Pathfinder. The first thing that made me love this car is the new color! Nissan has two (2) new colors for their premium model: Caspian Blue and Sandstone. Caspian Blue was eye-catchingly beautiful.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Caspian Blue
The all new redesigned 2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Caspian Blue

Since I am a mom to a 2-year-old boy with plans on growing my family, safety, accessibility and interior are the next important features.

Nissan has added an Around View monitor with moving object detection, which basically means there are cameras in the front, rear view mirrors and rear to alert you about your surroundings. AMAZING! It also provides a virtual 360 degree scene of the car in birds eye view. Forward emergency braking for those times when elements in my environment are very distracting or a very talkative toddler.

Another cool and convenient feature is the motion activated lift gate. Just a quick tap of the foot under the back of the vehicle and Voila! The tailgate opens. Parents with small children can find great use with this feature since our hands are usually filled with bags from shopping or our kids.

“A wide range of seating and cargo carrying combinations are available with the 2nd row 60/40-split seat with manual slide/recline/fold flat and 3rd row 50/50-split seat with manual recline/flat fold.”

The 2nd and 3rd row features will be a lifesaver for grocery runs for my personal chef business, and for when I have my two-year-old son, Cayden as my shopping partner. It will also be convenient for when I take my son along with my niece out for playdates whether in the city or out of town fun.

On trips over 30 minutes, which we take often, it is imperative to keep the 2 year old entertained and occupied. Nissan has equipped the Pathfinder with a tri-zone Family Entertainment system that includes 2nd row head restraint-mounted DVD display screens. This means I can listen to my music and Cayden can have child friendly entertainment going on in the back. “The rear displays are now 8-inch QHD designs (versus the previous 7-inch WVGA) and include auto brightness control and USB and HDMI rear source inputs. The rear display can be easily controlled from the front with a more user-friendly display.”

With a fall release date, Nissan has yet to advertise the price point for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. The features I highlighted have convinced me that the all-new redesigned Nissan Pathfinder is in the running to be our new family car.

What features do you prefer when purchasing a vehicle?

This post was written by Shani P. Mother of 2 year -old Cayden, and the 71ateChef. Visit her website or get social with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.