The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder offers room for seven passengers in a spacious and comfortable interior. There’s also ample room for cargo and with the Rock Creek Edition, rugged styling suited to those who want a more adventurous vibe from their family-hauler.
The Rock Creek Edition was introduced for the 2019 model year and is available on the SV and SL trims in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive. It adds $995 to the price of your Pathfinder with unique styling cues inside and out that give this SUV more personality.
There are dark 18-inch wheels with all-season tires along with a multitude of black exterior trim accents. This includes the grille, roof rails, door handles, side mirrors, and license plate finisher. There are also black accents on the front and rear fascias, black molded overfenders, and black badges.
While the exterior gets dark and moody, inside things get a touch of color. There’s Rock Creek Edition two-tone seating and badging with high contrast stitching on the seats, door, console lid, and steering wheel. The interior also has premium metallic trims.
Compared to the standard Pathfinder, the Rock Creek Edition is bolder and more compelling. It takes an attractive 7-passenger SUV and turns it into one that stands out in a parking lot.
This special edition doesn’t change the Pathfinder’s capability, save for one feature. Every Rock Creek Edition comes with a standard trailer tow hitch and harness. This lets you easily take advantage of the Pathfinder’s 6,000-pound tow rating.
Every Pathfinder offers a roomy and comfortable ride for passengers. Front seats are downright spacious and easily accommodate passengers of any size. The second row is also roomy, but things get tight for the third row.
It’s a challenge to get back there, especially for adults, and there simply isn’t much room once you do take a seat. Taller passengers especially will find the space uncomfortable without much legroom and their knees riding too high to be workable for anything more than short trips. This is a space best relegated to the kids.
Behind that third row there’s 16.2 cubic feet for cargo. Fold the seats and there’s 47.4 cubic feet behind the the second row or 79.5 cubic feet behind the first row. Combined with the Pathfinder’s towing capability, it has great versatility for busy families.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 with 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. This is ample power to quickly get the Pathfinder up to speed for highway driving. It’s also responsive when you need extra power for passing slower vehicles.
Infotainment includes a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen so even those who opt for the base Pathfinder will be able to operate the system without struggling to use a too-small screen. What is a challenge is the lack of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are two features that make connecting your smartphone to your car quick and easy.
The system features AM/FM/HD Radio with a 6-speaker audio system, voice recognition, and Bluetooth. Upgrades include a 13-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, and a rear entertainment system that includes a DVD player and two 8-inch screens mounted to the rear of the front headrests.
The Pathfinder is strong on safety with automatic emergency braking standard on every trim. It also does well in crash tests. It is a 2019 Top Safety Pick with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Available with front-wheel or four-wheel drive across the trim range, the Pathfinder comes in with a starting price of $31,680. The Platinum with four-wheel drive sits at the top of the lineup with a price of $44,610. That’s a wide spread of pricing that makes it more likely you’ll find the features you want at a price you can afford.
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has a comfortable interior with plenty of room for cargo along with a wide range of trims. Good safety ratings and affordable pricing make it an attractive choice for families.