Refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is not quite the one

Testing a new car for a week is a lot like dating — exciting and different but without all the emotional vulnerability and wretched insecurity.

The brief courtship with the refreshed 2017 Nissan Pathfinder followed a familiar pattern: initially impressed, ultimately disappointed.

From across a crowded lot, the Pathfinder three-row SUV will catch some eyes, but not in a good way if it wears Sandstone garb like the press car, which both kids and adults called “poo-colored.” But in the right setting — against Lake Michigan and a clear blue sky — the beige metallic color looked more commanding.

Overall the Pathfinder looks wider up front and bulkier in the back, giving it a more trucklike presence reminiscent of the days when it was truck based instead of softened into a car-based crossover. Large 20-inch alloy wheels, standard with the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, buff up the profile.