Nissan’s well-known mid-size SUV has just been redesigned. Therefore, the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will represent the second production year of the generation, which clearly indicates no bigger changes. Still, we are about to see some interesting novelties and that particularly refers to the new Rock Creek version, which will be a light off-roader in the Pathfinder’s lineup. It will come with slight upgrades regarding suspension, powertrain, tires etc.
On the other hand, the rest of the lineup will remain the same. You may count on a crossover that has a lot of great things to offer, starting from a well-designed and comfortable cabin, lots of standard equipment and a capable powertrain. We also like the model’s max towing rating, which is higher compared to most rivals. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go the high starting price and lack of athleticism.
We expect to see the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the biggest novelty for the next year will be the introduction of new Rock Creek trim. This will be a light off-roading version of the SUV, with some pretty interesting upgrades. We should mention things like slightly upgraded suspension, increased ground clearance, all-terrain tires, revised grille and bumpers, etc. Also, it’s worth mentioning that all-wheel-drive will be standard, along with a slight power increase.
The rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. This will be the second production year, so we don’t expect to see any notable changes. The styling follows the brand’s latest design language, characterized by the latest iteration of the V-Motion grille design. The suspension setup is on the soft side and ensures a smooth and comfortable ride. However, it sacrifices handling and the overall athleticism a lot.
When it comes to interior design, the new Rock Creek will bring things like badges and exclusive color schemes. The rest of the cabin will continue in the same way. we are about to see a familiar layout, which offers great overall quality. The materials are really nice, and there is also a lot of attention to detail.
Besides great build quality, this SUV is also quite spacious. Traditionally, Nissan makes some of the best seats in the segment. The front row is very spacious and comfortable, while the second row also accommodates adults with ease. On the other hand, we can’t say the same for the third row. It offers 28 inches of legroom, which is typically tight for the segment of mid-size SUVs.
The cargo area offers around 16.6 cubic feet behind the third row, which is typical for the class. You may count on about 45 cubic feet behind the second row and 80.5 cubic feet behind the first row, which are also average ratings in this segment.
Considering that this is going to be the second production year of the generation, we don’t expect bigger changes in terms of standard and available equipment. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like keyless entry, tri-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo. Things like a panoramic sunroof, a 9-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, two additional USB ports, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, and wireless device charging should be offered as options.
The same is with driver-assistance features. All models should come standard with a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, front and rear collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, driver drowsiness monitoring etc. Things like ProPilot Assist, surround-view camera, head-up display and road sign recognition should remain reserved for higher trim levels.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will continue with the same powertrain. It will feature a 3.5-liter V6, which puts out 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the previous generation that used a CVT, it now comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which significantly improves the ride quality. Furthermore, the max towing capacity goes up to 6.000 pounds, which is more than you get from models like Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot. Also, the fuel economy goes around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is slightly above average in the mid-size SUV segment.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the new Rock Creek version will come with a slight power boost to 295 horsepower, as well as with standard all-wheel drive.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 36.000 dollars.