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2023 Nissan Pathfinder

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Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

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2023 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $35,320
2023 S 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $37,220
2023 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,140
2023 SV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $40,040
2023 SL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,740
2023 Rock Creek 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $43,140
2023 SL 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $43,640
2023 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $48,290
2023 Platinum 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $50,190


What's New

The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder lineup gains a Rock Creek trim with special off-road hardware and a dash more power. The Pathfinder received a total design just last year.

Choosing Your Nissan Pathfinder

The 2023 Pathfinder now comes in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Rock Creek, and Platinum. Pricing starts at $36,295 including destination and tops out at $47,970 for the Platinum before options.

Engine Choices

As before, the Pathfinder carries a 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. The new Rock Creek gets a slightly more powerful version of the V6 and standard all-wheel drive, which costs $1,900 on the other trims.

Front-wheel drive models are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, whereas the AWD Pathfinder can handle 6,000 pounds.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.5L V6284 hp259 lb-ft23 mpg
3.5L V6295 hp270 lb-ft21 mpg

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The 2023 Pathfinder is a midsize, three-row crossover with standard seating for eight. Second-row captain's chairs, which reduce capacity to seven, are available as part of the Premium Package for the SV ($2,170) and SL ($2,990). The captain's chairs are standard on the Rock Creek and Platinum.

With all rows in use, the Pathfinder offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the third row opens up 45 cubic feet. Load space tops out at 80 cubic feet with both rear rows down. This is the level of capability we expect in a three-row, family-oriented crossover.

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Safety Features

The 2023 Pathfinder starts out with lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, and front and rear automatic emergency braking. Stepping up to the SV brings lane-keeping assist, evasive steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. Subsequent trims also carry a surround-view camera system. A head-up display is exclusive to the Platinum.


The standard infotainment system for the Pathfinder offers an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, four USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Starting with the SL, the Pathfinder carries a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation, an additional USB port, and wireless phone charging and integration. The Platinum adds a 13-speaker Bose sound system and a sixth USB port,

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder S — MSRP From $36,295

The entry-level S comes with cloth upholstery, manual seats, tri-zone automatic control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. There are no options for the S, so upgrading to SV is necessary for any level of customization.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder SV — MSRP From $39,115

The SV gains heated front seats, heated side mirrors, a 10-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote start. The $2,170 SV Premium Package adds the captain's chairs, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, enhanced transmission cooling, and a hitch receiver with wiring harness.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL — MSRP From $42,715

The SL provides leather upholstery, a power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights, and the power liftgate as standard. The SL Premium Package ($2,990) includes heated second-row captain's chairs, the Bose system, and 20-inch dark wheels — as well as the sunroof, hitch receiver, and transmission cooler.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek — MSRP From $44,115

Along with standard AWD and the tweaked V6, the Rock Creek gets an off-road suspension with a 5/8-inch lift, all-terrain tires, and 18-inch beadlock-style wheels. Style elements include a dark grille with mesh surround, tubular roof rails, and embordered leatherette seats. Comfort and convenience features are similar to the SL.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum — MSRP From $47,970

The luxurious Platinum comes standard with everything available on the SL, plus semi-aniline leather seating, ventilated front seats, driver memory settings, a 12.3-inch instrument screen, a head-up display, and a hands-free power liftgate. Only 4WD remains optional.

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The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder in base S trim is too skimpy on features for us to recommend. The SV and SL are more suitable for family travel and can be scaled up without spoiling their value proposition.

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Expert Review

  • Generous internal space
  • Mostly well-equipped
  • Comfortable ride
  • Smooth engine
  • S trim is under-equipped
  • Modest performance
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Vague steering
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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An abundance of space. Nissan has performed a clever trick with the Pathfinder. Parked on the road, it doesn’t look especially large – certainly not compared to lumbering leviathans like Cadillac’s Escalade or GMC’s Yukon. Yet fling the doors open, and you discover a Tardis-like interior capable of seating seven, albeit in varying levels of comfort.

Let’s start in the front, where soft and spacious front seats include 10-way power for the driver if you skip base S trim – we’ll explain in a moment why that’s a good idea. Next to the middle row, where you can opt for squishy captain’s seats or a bench that’ll slide forwards even with a child seat in. We’ll admit the third row is less impressive, but the seating is still comfortable, and you’ll find around 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind this bench. There’s even generous oddment and cupholder capacity throughout the interior, while soft-touch materials boost the quality score even higher.

Equipped for battle. Large SUVs like the Pathfinder wade into battle in a congested market where luxury is increasingly used to justify the disparity between affordable base models and pricey flagship ones. You can park a Pathfinder on your drive for around $36,000, though you wouldn’t really want to. Base S trim is something of a disappointment, with its manually adjustable cloth seats and mediocre eight-inch infotainment screen.

Instead, move one rung up the Pathfinder ladder to the $41,000 SV, which brings largely autonomous highway driving and a heated power-adjustable driver’s seat among other goodies. An additional $3,000 nets you SL’s leather and surround-view camera system, while the $52,500 Platinum includes second-row captain’s chairs. Premium models in the Pathfinder range also get a larger nine-inch infotainment screen.

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Drives how you’d expect. Nobody buys a large SUV expecting a dynamic driver’s car, despite the best efforts of Range Rover and BMW to disprove the rule. As you pilot a Pathfinder, you can feel its 114-inch wheelbase and heavy body being pummeled by both physics and computer-aided interventions. The outcome is a smooth cruiser with a particularly impressive ride on smaller wheels, while sound deadening helps to further insulate occupants from what’s going on outside.

As a payoff for that compliant ride, the driver is also insulated from what’s going on dynamically. The electric power steering is uncommunicative, and the nine-speed automatic transmission has clearly been briefed to focus on fuel economy rather than performance or rapid kickdowns. At least the 3.5-liter V6 has enough grunt to get the big Nissan rolling in good time, while you can tow up to 6,000 lb in the right configuration. Just don’t expect to have any fun in the bends.

Impressive safety. Regardless of which Pathfinder you choose, you’ll receive a generous slew of standard safety equipment. This ranges from automatic emergency braking and active lane control through to blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Avoid S trim, and you also benefit from Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, which can control the vehicle on well-marked highways. This is initially terrifying, but ultimately very helpful during long commutes.

One potential fly in the ointment is the NHTSA’s disappointing four-star safety rating, though the IIHS gave the Pathfinder their highest honor. There’s little that concerns us in terms of occupant safety.

Final thoughts. There are no red flags surrounding the Pathfinder. It's by no means a perfect SUV, with the stingy S trim and weak fuel economy worth noting – though AWD versions manage to improve on front-drive economy figures, bizarrely. The third-row seating is best for small children or wizened oldies, and the presence of a flat-bottom steering wheel does not translate into driving dynamics. We’re also not convinced by the retro styling – those eyebrow-style indicators snaking towards the outside mirrors look quizzical, while the rear window extends too far forwards along the sides for our liking.

Grumbles aside, the Pathfinder is a highly competent entry into a highly competitive market. Its lazy V6 acceleration is smoothly deployed by an economy-focused CVT gearbox, while squishy front seats and a refined ride accentuate the sense of being on board a land yacht. Prices are competitive, space is outstanding, and practicality is impressive thanks to seemingly endless storage cubbies and cupholders. Add the available AWD, and the Pathfinder is a strong choice as a year-round family hold-all.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 284 HP / 259 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 284 HP / 259 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
80.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
149 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
197.7 "
Exterior Width
77.9 "
Exterior Height
70.9 "
Front Headroom
42.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
44.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,317 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Passenger
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Vehicle Security System (vss)
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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