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.