Nissan claims the re-engineered engine produces 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. That’s an extra 24 hp and 19 lb-ft, which comes courtesy of the engine’s new direct-injection system and combustion chamber design. Also, new pistons help raise the compression ratio to 11.0:1, further increasing power. Every Pathfinder is equipped with a CVT automatic transmission that “simulates shifts” in an effort to make it feel like a traditional auto. We weren’t too perturbed by the CVT when we drove it in the previous generation, but this is a big SUV so the threshold for high-performance satisfaction is low.

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The two trim levels, Premium and Limited, have a 6.2-inch touchscreen, in-dash CD player with eight speakers, smartphone integration and a backup camera. The Limited has dual-zone automatic climate control, while the Premium’s is manual. A new Limited feature is the 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display just to the right of the tachometer, giving readouts for lateral gs, gas pedal position, braking force, steering angle, oil and water temps, and battery voltage. There’s also a stop watch so you can record lap times. The Limited’s Performance Package is also new for ’17 and includes Brembo calipers and larger rotors front and rear, Sachs performance shocks and unique 17-inch aluminum wheels. Start Assist is now standard across the board on manual-equipped cars; it holds the car on inclines so you don’t roll into the driver behind you

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