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2017 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder was new.


Interior: 7.8

Auto journalists mostly think that the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder’s interior leaves something to be desired, with a mediocre design and lack of style. In other areas, seating and cargo capacities are marginally acceptable. One redeeming aspect is the user-friendly infotainment system, which is now a standard feature. The third row of seats is easy to access, and while adults may fit with more ease than they might in rivals' third rows, the seating still isn't especially comfortable.

  • "There are plenty of padded surfaces, and the overall look, particularly with the available two-toning (which may be light-colored enough to make it hard to keep clean) and wood trim, is quite upscale." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Generally speaking, the 2017 Pathfinder's interior remains mostly the same, and as a result it looks and feels drab and dated, what with its button-heavy control panel and rather plain dashboard. Other automakers have proven that style has a place in mainstream vehicles, and Nissan needs to get with the program." -- New York Daily News
  • The Platinum trim level I drove had excellent leather on the seats but faux wood trim that made me wince with its obviously artificial nature." -- Cars.com


The 2017 Pathfinder seats seven in three rows on standard cloth upholstery. Options include leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Access to the standard third row is easy, and some adults might fit with ease, although with their knees up. Seating room is adequate in the first two rows, but the seats themselves are too firm to provide much comfort.

The Pathfinder has two complete LATCH seating systems (outboard seats in the middle row), and two others with only a top anchor (one in the middle position in the middle row and one in the third row). According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the only real problem is that the lower anchors are too deep in the seat.

  • "As before, the Pathfinder's third-row seat is standard across all trim levels. It's strictly for small fry, although access is easy (including the unusual and appreciated ability to slide the second-row seats forward even with a child seat installed). Space in the first two rows is fine, but we found seating comfort somewhat lacking; the seats are unchanged from the 2016 model, and we found them overly firm and felt like we were sitting on them rather than in them." -- Car and Driver
  • The tallest drivers may wish for more headroom and legroom, but most will find it adequate, and step-in height is low. There's good room in the 2nd row - though adults ride slightly knees-up - and the seat slides fore and aft several inches to balance legroom with the 3rd row. … Unlike many 3rd rows, it's not for children only, as my 5'9 frame fit quite comfortably, though in a knees-up posture." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the convenience side of things, Nissan has improved the 2017 Pathfinder's third-row access. On the passenger side, a new tilting/sliding mechanism for the second-row seat allows easier access to the rear bench even with a child seat installed." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, the NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, a rearview camera, voice command recognition, hands-free text messaging, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a USB port.

Optional features include a panoramic moonroof, a 13-speaker Bose premium sound system, proximity key entry, remote start, navigation, a surround-view camera, automatic collision notification (which alerts authorities if your vehicle is in an accident), stolen vehicle location, rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and a DVD player with rear headrest screens.

Reviewers are impressed with the Pathfinder’s infotainment system, which now comes standard and is controlled with an 8-inch touch screen. They find the controls easy to learn and use, and praise the navigation system’s graphics and functionality. They also appreciate that the Pathfinder still utilizes physical knobs for some controls.

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  • "Inside, the touchscreen grows an inch, to 8.0 inches, and gets new connectivity features, as well as pinch-to-zoom and swipe functionality. Happily, Nissan (for now) continues to resist the call of auto-industry aesthetes and trend slaves to banish all dashboard buttons and knobs; as a result, the Pathfinder's audio and climate controls are far easier and less distracting to use than those in some competitors." -- Car and Driver
  • “Much better executed is the standard 8-inch touch-screen and Nissan's brand new icon-based NissanConnect multimedia system that is lightning fast and easy to use at a glance, with no prior familiarization. The navigation system finally looks updated and modern, in contrast to the types used in other Nissan vehicles. I can't wait for this system to proliferate through the Nissan lineup." -- Cars.com
  • The infotainment controls are unusually easy to decipher and use. The infotainment system deserves some praise. Not only are there volume and tuning knobs (an increasing rarity), but also six physical station-select buttons (which - these days - warrants a '!'), and the navigation controls likewise have buttons and are located in an easy-to-reach, easy-to-decipher separate panel (double '!'). Climate controls are mounted a bit low, but consist of rotary knobs for temperature and fan speed, less-convenient repetitive-step pushbuttons for mode." -- Consumer Guide


The Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, 47.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 79.8 behind the first row. A power liftgate is optional. While the Pathfinder’s cargo room is sufficient, it is less than most rivals’, depending on the seat configurations. Max cargo volume with the second and third rows folded is excellent for the class.

  • "Both the 2nd- and 3rd-row seat backs fold down to create a large, flat-floor cargo area." -- Consumer Guide
  • Cargo space for the Pathfinder is unchanged but still decent. You get 16.0 cubic feet of room behind the third row, or 79.8 cubic feet with both second and third rows stored. … This actually puts the Pathfinder on the smaller side of the three-row field." -- Cars.com
  • The 2016 Pathfinder also has just 16 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row. With the second- and third-row seats folded flat, it offers a useful but comparatively modest 79.8 cubic feet. Most competitors offer more maximum space." -- Edmunds (2016)

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