2023 Nissan Pathfinder Remains An Affordable Family Hauler

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And now it comes with a rugged Rock Creek Edition.

Pricing for the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder has just been announced, and as you'd expect in today's market, there's a reasonably significant increase across the board.

The base Pathfinder S now starts at $35,000 (not including a $1,295 destination and handling fee) or $36,900 with all-wheel drive. That's a $1,590 increase over the 2022 Pathfinder, which started at $33,410. Nissan doesn't list any additional safety or convenience features to justify the price bump, so we imagine it's likely related to supply costs, an issue that's plagued many automakers this year.

The Pathfinder still represents decent value compared to the competition, undercutting the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander (though pricing information for those 2023 models is not available yet). As for the Hyundai Palisade, it still beats the Pathfinder with a $34,950 starting MSRP, and we expect the 2023 Kia Telluride to be similarly priced.

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Stepping up to the SV trim level brings the price to $37,820 ($39,720 with AWD), while the SL trim costs $41,420 ($43,320 with AWD). Nissan also brought the rugged Rock Creek Edition back for the 2023 model year.

We were unimpressed with the previous-generation Rock Creek, but this new model is much improved. It adds 18-inch bead-lock-style wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a 5/8-inch suspension lift, a tubular roof rack, unique exterior trim, and orange accents in the interior.

The Rock Creek is priced above the SV but below the SL at $42,820, including AWD as standard. If we were in the market for a Pathfinder, this is the trim we would opt for, given its rugged styling and affordable price point.

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At the top of the lineup, the Pathfinder Platinum rings in at $47,970 ($49,870 with AWD). Though this is the nicest, most luxurious Pathfinder available, it can't match the Palisade Calligraphy, which offers near-Genesis levels of features for $48,900. If you are looking for the most premium three-row crossover on the market, Hyundai is currently the automaker to beat.

The Pathfinder comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but a nine-inch screen is also available. Other available features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.8-inch head-up display, and a surround-view monitor. ProPILOT Assist is standard on SV and Rock Creek trims, while the SL and Platinum get ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which can predict the vehicle speed before curves and freeway exits.

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The Pathfinder offers seating for up to eight passengers with a total of 80.5 cubic feet of cargo when the second and third rows are folded flat.

All trims use the same 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, now going out through a nine-speed automatic transmission (compared to the previous gen's CVT). The towing capacity is 6,000 pounds, beating both the Palisade and Telluride.

The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder should arrive at dealerships soon.

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