The ’23 Pathfinder is made in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Rock Creek, and Platinum. Most seat up to eight passengers; however, the Rock Creek has standard second-row captain’s chairs (these are available for the SV, SL, and Platinum) that reduce seating to seven. All trims come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 284 hp and 259 lb.-ft. of torque in all trims except the Rock Creek, where it’s tuned to make 295 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s powertrain partner is a nine-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive is the default in all but the Rock Creek, four-wheel drive (standard in the Rock Creek) is available. While the S trim can handle up to 3,500 pounds, the remaining trims can tow up to 6,000 lb.
The S trim has automatic LED headlights, rear privacy glass, tri-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key (proximity entry), push-button ignition, an overhead console sunglasses holder, a 12-volt power outlet, four USB ports (two USB-A and two USB-C), a cargo-area underfloor storage compartment, and a 60/40-split fold-flat third-row bench seat. The SV gets remote start, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, roof rails, an extra 12-volt power outlet, illuminated vanity mirrors, heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The SL gains a power liftgate, rear sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a wireless phone charger, an extra USB-A port, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, leather upholstery (first and second row only), and a heated steering wheel. The new kid on the block, the Rock Creek, lacks a few of the SL’s more deluxe items (the power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, leather seats, and heated steering wheel), but makes up for that with practical attributes. These include an off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, LED fog lights, a tubular roof rack, a unique front bumper and grille, a tow hitch receiver with a 7-pin wiring harness, second-row captain’s chairs, and the aforementioned synthetic leather seats with trim-specific center panels, Rock Creek badging, and orange contrast stitching.
The Platinum mostly builds off the SL’s standard features, but it comes with the tow hitch receiver (which is optional for the SV and SL). This trim also gets power-folding side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, a hands-free liftgate, a panoramic moonroof, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, interior accent lighting, rain-sensing wipers, position memory settings (for the side mirrors, driver’s seat, and steering column), semi-aniline leather seats with quilted inserts, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a smooth leather-wrapped steering wheel, and stainless-steel kick plates. On the tech front, the Platinum is loaded, getting a digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, a 120-volt power outlet, and a fourth USB-A port.
Nissan is a leader in driver-assist technology, and the ’23 Pathfinder is set up with a number of these features via the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. In the S, this bundle includes intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, reverse automatic braking, automatic high beams, and intelligent driver alertness. The SV gets ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control, intelligent lane intervention, and intelligent blind-spot intervention, while the SL and Platinum come with ProPilot Assist with Navi-link (an enhanced version of ProPilot Assist with special mapping technologies that can better predict the highway ahead), an intelligent around-view monitor, front parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition. The Rock Creek has similar safety aids to those found in the SV, but it also has an intelligent around-view monitor with a special off-road mode to help with navigating rough terrain.
The S has an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The SV and Rock Creek get NissanConnect remote vehicle services and a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the SL receives a 9-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. The Platinum tops it all off with a high-end 13-speaker Bose audio system.
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