2017 Nissan Pathfinder named one of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2017 by KBB.com 4 years in a row!

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of the “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. It is the fourth consecutive year that Pathfinder has been included on the website’s annual evaluation and selection of vehicles that “best meet the needs of today’s families.”

Editors credited Pathfinder for “playing a great inside game,” writing: One of the most critical factors when considering a family-focused vehicle is its ability to please the people it carries. The Pathfinder scores high marks in that area thanks to a well turned-out and invitingly roomy cabin that’s designed to facilitate quick, convenient transitions. Arguably the most notable feature on that front is Nissan’s benchmark EZ Flex and Glide System. Standard on every model, it allows a child seat latched to either the Pathfinder’s second-row split-bench or captain’s chairs to remain in place when they’re slid forward, greatly assisting access to the third-row bench.

KBB.com recommends that family car buyers take their children’s car seats and boosters along when shopping to see how they fit and their ease of use with prospective vehicles.

“In a 3-row SUV like Pathfinder, access to the last row is critical in everyday use, both getting in and out of and negotiating around a child seat in the 2nd row,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Our innovative 2nd row seat system, which tilts forward with a child seat still in place, gives Pathfinder a big advantage over other 3-row designs, even before shoppers get behind the wheel for a test drive.”

The “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” evaluation team also noted Pathfinder’s recent major redesign that includes a revised 3.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) V6, producing 284 horsepower while maintaining 26 mpg highway fuel economy and class-leading 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped).

Pathfinder, one of Nissan’s best known and most popular nameplates in its nearly 60-year history in the United States, was reborn for the 2017 model year with more adventure capability, a freshened exterior look and enhanced safety and technology – pure Pathfinder taken to an even higher level of performance, technology and style.

The changes for the new model year began from the A-pillars forward – both with revised sheet metal and the re-engineered 3.5-liter V6 under the new hood design. The new Pathfinder engine utilizes more than 56 percent new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components – including combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold and e-VTC (fully electronic on intake).

Pathfinder’s refreshed exterior for 2017 provides a stronger sense of adventure character and presence by adding Nissan signature design elements, such as the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights. Another significant addition for 2017 is the available Motion-Activated liftgate with liftgate position memory, which is standard on SL and Platinum grades.

Pathfinder’s stylish, adventure-ready interior includes comfortable seating for seven, enhanced user friendliness and updated connectivity features. As in previous years, every 2017 Pathfinder interior is anchored by Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System with LATCH AND GLIDE, a 2nd row tilt and glide seat that allows easy 3rd row access with a child safety seat still installed1.

For 2017, Pathfinder adopts new-generation information technology. The standard 8.0-inch touch-screen monitor, mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive interaction and control of a variety of driver-selectable vehicle systems and settings – including the available NissanConnectSM Navigation. Also available is NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, which features automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, customizable alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts.

The 2017 Pathfinder’s wide range of available convenience features and driving aids also includes standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, RearView Monitor, and available 13-speaker Bose Premium Audio system, Family Entertainment Package with dual headrest 8.0-inch DVD monitors, Nissan Intelligent Key with programmable settings, Remote Engine Start, Dual Panorama Moonroof and Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

Advanced Driver Assistance technology includes new Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC). For 2017, Moving Object Detection has been added to the available Around View Monitor. Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The new 2017 Pathfinder is available in 4WD and 2WD drive configurations and in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum. It is assembled in Tennessee.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

 

Safety Saturday – Blind Spot Warning System Explained

Blind Spot Warning System on the Nissan Rogue

Nissan’s Blind Spot Warning System helps alert drivers if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. Depending on the vehicle, the system uses either radar sensors mounted near each corner of the rear bumper or the wide-angle rearview camera of the RearView Monitor to detect vehicles in adjacent lanes.

If a vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, the system illuminates an indicator light near the A-pillar or in the outside mirror, depending on the vehicle. The indicator light is illuminated on the same side of the vehicle as the vehicle detected in the adjacent lane. If the driver then uses the turn signal to indicate a turn into the adjacent lane where the other vehicle is detected, the indicator begins to flash and an audible warning sounds.

The radar sensors can detect vehicles on either side of the vehicle within the detection zone. The forward limit of the detection zone aligns with the outside mirror of the vehicle and extends rearward approximately 10 feet beyond the rear bumper and approximately 10 feet to the sides.

This advanced safety system is available on many Nissan models. Stop by Nissan of LaGrange and let us show you great technology in action.

New 2017 Nissan Pathfinder engine adds power and torque, without a loss in fuel economy.

The newest addition to Nissan’s acclaimed VQ series of engines adds power and torque without compromising fuel efficiency.

The new VQ35DD engine in 2017 Pathfinder is based on the proven 2016 Pathfinder engine, but it uses more than 50% new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components — including the fuel injection system, combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold, and intake valve timing control.

“Like every area of a vehicle, engines evolve. The key in doing so successfully is in understanding where you are going with the changes,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the new Pathfinder, the goal wasn’t to add raw power, it was to enhance driving feel and confidence across the entire rpm range — whether merging on a freeway on-ramp or pulling a trailer full of watercraft up to a mountain lake.”

 

WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD

The changes begin with the cylinder block. The engine is now cast with a molten iron coating layer (mirror-like finish) on the surface of the cylinder bores. This process, called mirror bore coating, reduces friction between the piston ring and the cylinder wall of each cylinder. Just as important, it eliminates the need for the traditional cast iron cylinder liners (six total), thus making the aluminum cylinder lighter by around three pounds.

“While three pounds might not seem like much outside of racing applications, it allows additional componentry to be added without increasing overall weight,” explained Bunce.

Along with the new combustion chamber design, the engine features new pistons, a new air intake system — which enhances torque and horsepower — and new fully electronic valve timing on the intake side. An electric motor fitted to the valve timing system varies timing continuously to help improve power, driveability, and fuel economy, and to reduce emissions.

The engine also adopts Nissan’s Direct Injection Gasoline system, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system). The system injects fuel directly into the combustion chamber rather than into the intake port. The designated shape of the piston head controls the injected fuel flow to the spark plug. This introduces concentrated fuel around the spark plug, reducing the time needed to burn the fuel. This also helps eliminate residual fuel buildup, resulting in cleaner exhaust.

The compression ratio has also been raised to 11.0:1 (from the previous 10.3:1).

 

MORE PERFORMANCE WITHOUT SACRIFICING EFFICIENCY

The changes increase engine output to 284 hp at 6400 rpm (from the previous 260 hp) and 259 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm (up from 240 lb-ft). The result is more responsive acceleration and re-acceleration when entering highways or passing. And, while adding more horsepower and torque, Pathfinder fuel economy estimates remain 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 2WD models.

Stop in and check out the new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder at Nissan of LaGrange, where You Come First.

New Nissan Trade – 2010 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4×4 – Rare Find with Navigation, Four Wheel Drive, DVD, and Moonroof – Just Arrived

Here is one of the toughest SUVs made. This is the Pathfinder made from 2005 until 2012. This 2010 model is the top of the line LE 4×4. Included on this 2 Carfax Owner Pathfinder at Nissan of LaGrange are factory navigation, factory DVD, power moonroof, and four-wheel drive. That last option is very rare for Georgia. Also has heated seats for the driver and front passenger and heated steering wheel. This Pathfinder is currently awaiting our detail shop, but is currently available for purchase. Only negative we can see is the rear cup holder for the back seat passengers. They are missing on nearly every Pathfinder of this bodystyle. Come by and check it out today or call 706-884-1744.

5 Stars for the Nissan Pathfinder

5 Stars for Pathfinder – Top Safety Rating for 2017

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The updated 2017 Pathfinder has earned a 5-star overall vehicle safety rating as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

The 5-Star Safety Ratings System is designed to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. Vehicles are evaluated for performance in frontal and side-impact collisions and for rollover resistance.

Five stars is the highest possible rating. Pathfinder has earned a 5-star NCAP rating each year since 2014.

More information on NCAP results can be found at http://www.safercar.gov. You can also see and drive the new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder at Nissan of LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia.