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.
Value is the name of the game with this richly appointed eight-passenger trim level. It has a good mix of the basics (manually-adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, cruise control, a 12V power outlet, a rearview camera, and rear privacy glass), plus some higher-end amenities that include automatic LED headlights, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry (Intelligent Key) with push-button ignition, an overhead console sunglasses holder, 60/40-split second- and third-row seats, and four USB ports (two Type-A and two Type-C). The cargo area also features a handy underfloor storage compartment for stowing (or hiding) items.
The infotainment system in this base trim consists of an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free, a six-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Safety is also a high point of the S trim’s appeal, as the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of active driver aids comes standard. Its contents include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, reverse automatic braking, automatic high beams, and driver attention monitoring.
Despite only being one trim level higher, the SV gets some significant upgrades, such as remote start and heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators. It also adds black roof rails, illuminated vanity mirrors, front seatback pockets, two extra cupholders (12 in total), heated front seats with driver’s power adjustments, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. It also gains NissanConnect remote vehicle services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a few extra driver assists (ProPilot Assist adaptive cruise control, intelligent lane intervention, and blind-spot intervention). With the SV Premium Package, this trim will be appointed with a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, second-row fold-down captain’s chairs (which reduce seating to seven), a removable second-row center console with cupholders, and an enhanced transmission cooling system.
The SL raises the bar with the power liftgate plus silver roof rails, rear sunshades, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, a wireless phone charger, an extra 12V power outlet and USB-A port, a power-adjustable front passenger’s seat, first- and second-row leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel. Its multimedia system is improved with a 9-inch touchscreen, built-in navigation, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The safety technology suite has an enhanced version of ProPilot Assist with Navi-link (Nissan’s semi-automatic hands-free driving system), a surround-view monitor, front parking sensors, hill descent control (4WD only), and traffic sign recognition. Like the SV, the SL qualifies for its own Premium Package that starts with the same contents as the SV Premium Package and adds dark-painted wheels, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system.
Adventurous buyers will be drawn to the Rock Creek variant. While this seven-passenger trim lacks some of the SL’s more upscale items (such as ProPilot Assist with Navi-link, front parking sensors, power liftgate, rear sunshades, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, second 12V power outlet, third USB-A port, wireless phone charger, power front passenger’s seat, heated steering wheel, and 9-inch touchscreen with navigation and wireless smartphone connection), it has the enhanced transmission cooling system from the SV Premium Package, an off-road suspension, a special off-road surround-view camera system, all-terrain tires, LED fog lights, a black tubular roof rack, signature Rock Creek badges, a unique front end, and a tow hitch receiver that includes a 7-pin wiring harness. Inside, the Rock Creek has the second-row captain’s chairs/removable center console and exclusive synthetic-leather upholstery with Rock Creek badging and contrast stitching.
The Platinum mostly builds off the SL’s equipment list, adding a hands-free liftgate, a panoramic moonroof, a tow hitch, power-folding side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down, chrome exterior trim, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, interior mood lighting, rain-sensing wipers, position memory settings (for the driver’s seat, steering column, and side mirrors), and a smooth leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seats are clad in semi-aniline leather upholstery with quilted inserts; the front seats add a ventilation feature, and the second-row outboard seats are heated. For tech upgrades, too, the Platinum gets a fully digital dashboard, a household-style 120V power outlet, a head-up display, a fourth USB-A port, and a top-of-the-line infotainment setup with a 13-speaker Bose sound system. The second-row captain’s chairs and removable center console are optional.
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