The Nissan Pathfinder is Nissan’s three-row mid-size crossover, slotting above the two-row Murano in the lineup and below the big, Titan-based Armada.
The Pathfinder is the utility of choice for customers who need seven seats, but don’t necessarily want the Armada’s towing/hauling capacity, nor its thirsty V8 engine.
Now in its fourth generation, the Nissan Pathfinder last had a major redesign for the 2013 model year, switching from a truck platform to a modern unibody structure. The 2017 update brought a direct-injected 3.5L V6 engine, rated at 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque which powers the SUV to this day. However, a continuously variable automatic is the only transmission available.
Strangely though, Pathfinder still lacks Nissan’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system, but standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear sonar, and an 8-inch touchscreen. A driver-selectable four-wheel-drive system is available with every trim level. Starting prices for the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder range from $32,725 to $45,655.
Pros/ Handsome styling / Spacious, comfortable cabin / Good value
Cons/ Some interior cheapness / Lacking in technology
Bottom Line/ Roomy and comfortable with seating for seven and selectable 4WD, the Pathfinder is a dependable, stalwart road trip vehicle.
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Nissan Pathfinder Pricing
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has a starting MSRP of $32,725 in the United States, including a $1,045 destination fee. Four-wheel drive is available as a $1,690 option on every trim, and a $995 Rock Creek Edition appearance package is available on the mid-tier Pathfinder SV and SL models. Named after a historic U.S. national park, the Rock Creek Edition features unique dark-finished alloy wheels, black fender cladding, Rock Creek badging, and a few other touches.
If you’re eying the top-of-the-line Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD, you’re looking at a $45,655 starting price. Here, the only extra-cost items available beside tack-on accessories are $395 paint options and a $1,700 entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted screens with remote control and DVD/HDMI compatibility.
Nissan Pathfinder Features
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder ships standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear sonar, automatic emergency braking, automatic three-zone climate control, and an 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with Bluetooth phone integration and audio streaming.
Four-wheel drive is available at every trim level, and on the Pathfinder, the system can be engaged manually by the driver using a rotary knob on the center console. This is unlike the AWD system on Nissan’s Rogue and Murano, for instance, which doesn’t allow the same level of user control. Opting for 4WD on the Pathfinder includes standard hill descent control.
Remote start, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are standard from the SV up, and the SL comes with leather seat upholstery, satellite navigation, a motion-activated liftgate, 360-degree camera, and power-adjustable front-row seats with driver’s seat memory settings. Heated front-row and outboard second-row seats are also standard starting with the SL. The top-of-the-line Nissan Pathfinder Platinum adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, 13-speaker Bose audio, and front-seat ventilation.
Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer is new for 2020, and its powertrain options outnumber the Pathfinder’s three-to-one. Two different turbocharged engines are available – a 300-horsepower four-cylinder, and a 365-horsepower V6 (rated at 400 hp in the ST) – and an available hybrid model packs a combined 318 horsepower.
Nissan Pathfinder vs. Honda Pilot
If it’s tech you’re after, the Honda Pilot handily outstrips the Nissan Pathfinder, with automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and more, offered as standard kit. Power and efficiency are comparable between the two. Where the Pathfinder outpaces the Pilot, however, is with regard to upscale feel; it’s simply a nicer place to be.
Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander is arguably the three-row mid-size utility to beat in the U.S., and like the Ford Explorer, it’s brand new for 2020. It’s far more feature-laden than the Nissan Pathfinder, even at the base trim level, and offers an available hybrid powertrain with outstanding fuel economy (for a vehicle its size).
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review Video
|Engine /||3.5L V6|
|Torque /||259 lb-ft|
|Drivetrain /||Front-wheel-drive / All-wheel-drive|