The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder gets no significant changes for 2020 and only slightly higher prices as it carries over ahead of an expected redesign to match new and updated competition in three-row SUV family haulers.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder comes in four trims with a single engine choice and front- or all-wheel drive. The 2017 update included a revised V-6 and electronic variable valve timing for more power. It comes with an efficient continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that has been smoothed out over the years, good enough to get 20 mpg city, 27 highway, 23 combined in front-wheel drive, according to the EPA. Take away 1 mpg for all-wheel-drive models.
Nissan published prices for the Pathfinder on Tuesday and an entry-level Pathfinder S will cost $32,725 after a $1,045 destination charge. Whipping out the calculator, that’s only $150 more than a 2019 model. While you might expect pricier trims only grow more expensive, that’s not the case.
Upgrading to the SL trim will set you back $38,090, which is only $70 more than last year’s model, and adds LED low-beam headlights, heated exterior mirrors, heated first- and second-row seats, a motion-activated liftgate, and a surround-view camera.
Finally, the range-topping Platinum trim starts at $42,920, which is only $50 more than last year’s model. This trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, climate-controlled front seats, a Bose 13-speaker premium sound system, and a dual-panel moonroof. All prices exclude the $1,045 destination and handling fee, and all trims are available with front- or all-wheel drive. Buyers looking for the greatest amount of comforts and features will face a $45,655 price tag for a Pathfinder Platinum with 4WD.
All models are powered by the same 284 HP (286 PS) 3.5-liter V6 engine, working alongside the automaker’s Xtronic transmission. According to Nissan, the Pathfinder’s standard maximum towing capacity is a best-in-class 6,000 lbs (2,721 kg), as long as the vehicle is properly equipped with the required hardware.
When properly equipped, the Pathfinder is rated at 6,000 pounds (2,721 kilograms). That’s enough for towing two-axle recreational trailers, which is more than enough for a vehicle of this size. A wide range of technologies and convenience features are offered for 2020, including the Rock Creek Edition package we’ve detailed in a previous story.
2020 Patherfinder interior includes Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System with Latch and Glide, a second-row tilt and glide seat that allows easy 3rd-row access with a child safety seat still installed. Available tech includes blind-spot view monitor, Bose 13-speaker premium audio system, dual panorama moonroof, motion-activat ed liftgate with liftgate position memory, and navigation.