Rock Creek Edition Makes Nissan Pathfinder More Rugged

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Keeping its Pathfinder three-row crossover on shoppers’ shortlists, Nissan revealed a new special-edition model at the Chicago Auto Show, one with rugged looks and more equipment.

The Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition is available on midrange SV and SL trim levels with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Emphasizing its robust nature, models so equipped roll on unique dark-finished 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season tires. The vehicle’s mesh grille, roof rails, door handles and exterior mirror caps are all finished in black, as is the fender trim.

For added versatility, every Rock Creek Edition Pathfinder comes with a tow hitch, appropriate wiring harness and splash guards. All variants are rated to drag up to 6,000 pounds, more than enough for jet skis, a flatbed or small camper.

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Enabling this capability is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with direct fuel injection. It’s rated at an impressive 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque.

The Rock Creek package is priced at $995, though it includes so much standard equipment it actually saves customers more than $1,300 compared to pricing things out separately.

Beyond all that, these vehicles can be had with two options. The Technology Package, priced at $980, includes a navigation system as well as heat, specifically, heated cloth seats, a heated steering wheel and heated outside mirrors.

The available premium package will set you back an extra $2,110, though it brings a 13-speaker Bose sound system and a panoramic moonroof to the table.

Inside, these special-edition Pathfinders feature upscale two-tone seating surfaces. Contrast stitching is used to great advantage on the steering wheel, door panels, center console lid and seats. Premium metallic trim and special badging are also included.

Like other versions of the Pathfinder, Rock Creek Edition models can be had with a number of additional features, things like an Intelligent Around View Monitor and a motion-activated liftgate.

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition is slated to go on sale this spring.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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