The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and Armada are getting price bumps for 2017, befitting the Pathfinder’s refresh and the Armada’s total redesign.
The 2017 Pathfinder now starts at $29,990, a bump up from the $29,830 a base Pathfinder S with front-wheel drive cost for 2016. From there, however, prices actually go down for most Pathfinder models. A 2017 SV will start at $32,680, down from $33,150, while a 2017 SL will demand $35,700, down from $36,410 for 2016. The 2016 SL Tech and SL Premium are no longer available, and the 2017 Platinum gets a slight price increase from $41,610 to $41,870. All-wheel drive adds $1,690 to any trim level, as it did on the 2016 Pathfinder.
While the 2017 Pathfinder sees a slight increase in base price (and a decrease on some trim levels), the 2017 Armada will be significantly more expensive than the out-of-production 2015. Back then, a two-wheel-drive Armada SV would cost $38,510, while the same model costs $44,400 for 2017. Blame the Armada’s substantial redesign, switching from the F-Alpha platform (shared with the previous-generation Titan) to the Y62 platform that underpins the Infiniti QX80 and foreign-market Nissan Patrol. From the base SV, pricing increases commensurately: Plan on spending $49,150 on an Armada SL and $57,090 on an Armada Platinum, and add $2,900 to each of those prices if you want four-wheel drive.
While the price increase on the Armada is substantial, it befits a more modern platform. Plus, it still undercuts the pricing on some of the Armada’s domestic competition, like the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. Additionally, we're happy to see more off-road–friendly SUVs on the American market, and the Nissan Patrol's excellent reputation abroad will please would-be Land Cruiser shoppers turned off by that model's high price.
Expect to see the next generation of Nissan family SUVs in dealer lots as you read this.