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2020 Nissan Pathfinder
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Platinum 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 16/80 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
Horsepower 284@6,400
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2020 Nissan Pathfinder MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Strong engine
  • Third row fits adults in a pinch
  • Easy to drive

Cons

  • Not much cargo space with all seats up
  • Limited driver assistance tech
  • Outdated multimedia system

What's New

  • Carryover for the 2020 model year

Overview

Once a legendary off-road body-on-frame SUV, the Nissan Pathfinder morphed into a car-based midsize three-row SUV in its current generation. In fact, we once called it a "Mallfinder" because it evolved from an off-road enthusiast favorite to a family hauler. After a mid-cycle refresh that brought a more powerful V-6 engine and subtle exterior design tweaks three years ago, we're ready for a completely updated model. We hope the next-gen Pathfinder gets modernized with the latest driver assistance and multimedia technologies found in Nissan's other vehicles.

What We Think

Intriguingly, the added power on the Nissan Pathfinder's updated V-6 engine doesn't result in quicker straight-line performance, but the SUV is rated to tow up to 6,000 pounds. In MotorTrend testing, an AWD-equipped Pathfinder hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and finished the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds at 91.8 mph, similar numbers to the less powerful pre-refresh model. The Pathfinder's car-based underpinnings makes it easy to drive around town, and its V-6 feels powerful. In a 2017 First Test, we also noted that the Pathfinder's interior is surprisingly roomy and is able to fit an average-sized adult in the third row. As with other models in this segment, there isn't much space left with all the seats up.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings with the standard CVT is 20/27 mpg city/highway for all models except the AWD-equipped Platinum trim, which is rated at 19/26 mpg.

Safety

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2020 Pathfinder got the 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS after getting a Good score on all crashworthiness tests except the passenger's side front small overlap test where it got an Acceptable (Good is the highest score). On the headlights test, the standard halogen units got a Poor rating while the optional LED units got an Acceptable rating. In the front crash prevention test, the 2020 Pathfinder received a Superior rating in the vehicle-to-vehicle category (Superior is the highest rating).

Automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are standard on all 2020 Pathfinder models. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control are standard on the SV and higher trims.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

With all sets up, the 2020 Pathfinder has 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding down the second row increases capacity to 47.4 cubic feet while dropping the second- and third rows gets you 79.5 cubic feet.

Technology

An older version of the NissanConnect infotainment system comes standard on the 2020 Pathfinder, featuring an 8.0-inch touchscreen and six USB ports, including two USB-C charge-only ports. Onboard navigation and a 13-speaker Bose audio system are standard on the Platinum trim and optional on the SL grade as part of the SL Rock Creek Edition Premium package. A rear-seat entertainment system with two 8.0-inch screens, wireless headphones, a remote control, a USB port and an HDMI port, is optional on the Platinum grade.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2020 Nissan Pathfinder S

Exterior: 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, chrome-look grille, rear parking sensors
Interior and Convenience: Cloth upholstery, 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, 4.0-inch gauge cluster display, three-zone climate control, six USB ports, keyless entry/start
Safety: Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

Exterior: Fog lights
Interior and Convenience: Eight-way driver's seat, remote start
Safety: Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SL

Exterior: LED headlights, hands-free power liftgate, heated side mirrors
Interior and Convenience: Leather upholstery, heated front seats, four-way power front passenger's seat, heated second-row seats, built-in navigation, 360-degree view parking camera system

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

Exterior: 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof
Interior and Convenience: Ventilated front seats, 13-speaker Bose audio system

Available Options

Available on the SV and SL grades, the Rock Creek Edition adds dark 18-inch alloy wheels with 20-mm wider tires, black mesh grille, door handles, side mirror covers, and roof rails, silver front skid plates, two-tone leatherette upholstery with contrast stitching, a trailer hitch and harness, and mud flaps.

SV Rock Creek Edition Technology package: Adds onboard navigation, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors

SL Rock Creek Edition Premium package: Adds 13-speaker Bose audio system, panoramic sunroof

Nissan Mobile Entertainment System package: Rear-seat entertainment system with two 8.0-inch screens, wireless headphones, remote control, USB port, HDMI port

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2020 NISSAN PATHFINDER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Xtronic Continuously Variable Automatic
Trim
Platinum 2WD
Class
Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
284@6,400
Standard MPG
19/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Nissan announces a Customer Conquest offer towards the purchase or lease of an eligible Nissan to qualifying customers that trade in a Honda vehicle. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 06-30-2021