The Pathfinder is equipped with all of Nissan's new design language highlights, like the V-Motion grille and C-shaped LED daytime running lights. The design is a lot more rugged, though it currently incorporates a few modern aesthetic features found throughout the automotive segment. Just look at the slim taillights and floating roof. Still, there's more than enough going on for the Pathfinder to have its own unique identity. We particularly like the large Pathfinder script on the trunk. It's almost as if the car is proud to be a Pathfinder for the first time in its life. A panoramic moonroof is only standard on the top-spec Platinum. S, SV, and SL models get 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Platinum comes standard with 20-inch dark metallic alloys.
All models get LED headlights and taillights, while LED foglights are standard on the new Rock Creek trim. This off-road trim is different from all the others and comes with all-terrain tires on 18-inch beadlock-type alloys, a tubular roof rack, and a unique front grille and bumper. The eagle-eyed might also spot that its suspension has been lifted - by 5/8 inches.
The new Pathfinder is 197.7 inches long, 69.7 inches tall (70.9 with roof rails), and 77.9 inches wide. It rides on the same wheelbase as before, which is 114.2 inches long. Though Nissan markets the Pathfinder as an off-roader, most trims are not meant for anything more severe than a nasty gravel road. Ground clearance is a mere 7.1 inches, and the off-road-related figures are okay but nothing spectacular. The approach, breakover, and departure angles are claimed to be 16.1, 21.1, and 15.6 degrees, respectively. That's the price you pay for the substantial overhangs. Thankfully, these figures are good enough to tackle the urban SUV's most ferocious enemy, otherwise known as the mall parking curb. The Rock Creek improves on these figures, but not by as much as you'd imagine, with its ground clearance set at 7.7 inches and its approach and departure angles improved to 18.8 and 22.8 degrees, respectively. The FWD S is the lightest model of the bunch, weighing 4,317 pounds. On the heavy side, we have the Platinum AWD, weighing in at 4,625 lbs.
|Nissan Pathfinder Trims||S||SV||SL||Rock Creek||Platinum|
|Max Width||77.9 in.||77.9 in.||77.9 in.||77.9 in.||77.9 in.|
|Length||197 in.||197 in.||197 in.||198.8 in.||197 in.|
|Height||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.||70.9 in.|
|Wheelbase||114.2 in.||114.2 in.||114.2 in.||114.2 in.||114.2 in.|
|Nissan Pathfinder Trims||Curb Weight|
|S||4,317 - 4,469 lbs.|
|SV||4,331 - 4,484 lbs.|
|SL||4,354 - 4,506 lbs.|
|Rock Creek||4,605 lbs.|
|Platinum||4,470 - 4,625 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 8"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 8"|
In total, there are nine exterior colors and six available two-tone paint schemes and these are all trim-dependent. The base S can be ordered in Super Black, Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, and Glacier White. The SV trim removes Glacier White and replaces it with Pearl White Tricoat for an additional $395. It also adds Scarlet Ember Tintcoat at the same price and the no-cost Deep Ocean Blue Pearl. The SL adds Obsidian Green Pearl at no additional cost. From this trim level, you also gain access to the two-tone options. Obsidian Green Pearl/Super Black and Gun Metallic/Super Black add $395 to the price. Boulder Gray Pearl/Super Black, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat/Super Black, and Pearl White Tricoat/Super Black retail for $790.
The Rock Creek is offered in Gun Metallic, Super Black, Obsidian Green Pearl, Glacier White, Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, and Baja Storm Metallic, the latter unique to this trim. It gets access to the same two-tone finishes as the SL except for Gun Metallic/Super Black, but with the additional $790 Baja Storm Metallic/Super Black added. Mocha Almond Pearl disappears from the paint palette this year.