2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 MODEL
$31,680 - $44,610
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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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The midsize SUV segment is filled with old tuff mountain goats softened to modern city runabouts. The Nissan Pathfinder is one of them. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is now fully adapted to its modern role as a daily workhorse with a spacious cabin that can seat eight people and but just like the other vehicles in the segment, still has a small third-row which can be good for a kid but still feels a little cumbersome for an adult.

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The All-New 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

The cabin packs plenty of gadgets: an 8-inch touchscreen, heated seats, heated steering wheel, and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. The cabin is adequately insulated (although, road noise filter in). Still it lacks the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is a point of concern after checking out the competitors.  However, since the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder model, they have stiffened the spring rate for better body control but the suspension continues to pamper occupants.

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Pros

Value-oriented SUV

Profound Towing Capacity

Roomy interiors with cushy cabin especially first-row

Notable fuel economy

Cons

Droning engine noise

Firm ride qualit

Cramped third-row

Lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

What's New?

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder comes unchanged.


2020 Nissan Pathfinder Latest Update

Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31680

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

1-speed cvt

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

198.5 in.

width

77.3 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4287 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

137.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1699 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/26/22 mpg

highway range

507 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
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2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Caspian Blue Metallic color 2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Gun Metallic color 2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Pearl White TriCoat color 2020 Nissan Pathfinder in Scarlet Ember Tintcoat color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.0

Interior

7.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Nissan Pathfinder S

S

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$31,680 - $33,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $31,680 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 7
S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $33,370 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV

SV

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$34,470 - $36,160


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $34,470 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 7
SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $36,160 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV Rock Creek Edition

SV Rock Creek Edition

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$35,465 - $37,155


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV Rock Creek Edition 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $35,465 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7
SV Rock Creek Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $37,155 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SL

SL

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$38,090 - $39,780


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $38,090 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 7
SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $39,780 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SL Rock Creek Edition

SL Rock Creek Edition

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$39,085 - $40,775


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL Rock Creek Edition 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $39,085 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7
SL Rock Creek Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $40,775 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

Platinum

power
284 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$42,920 - $44,610


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $42,920 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 7
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $44,610 MSRP (19/22/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


The Pathfinder comes with a single engine-transmission pair, a 3.5L V6 mated to a CVT gearbox. The duo performs adequately for its intended role and more importantly, delivers exceptional fuel economy. The Pathfinder is available with 4-wheel drive for handling those occasional tricky situations.

All versions of Pathfinder can tow an impressive 6000 pounds – highest in the segment. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is going head-on-head with the likes of Honda Pilot, the Korean Kia Telluride, and all American Ford Explorer.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Rear View

7.5/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Features

7.5/10

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder starts at $31,680 for the base trim while the top-end Platinum trim retails at $42,920. The powertrain remains the same throughout the range with an optional 4-wheel drive ($1600) available on all trims. What you pay decides the interior appointments and exterior cosmetics. There are four trims available namely S, SV, SL, and Platinum. If you do not opt for the AWD version, then the SUV will come standard with the front-wheel-drive drivetrain. 

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (3.5L Direct Injection Gasoline V6 2WD)

$31,680

$34,470

$38,090

$42,920

MSRP (3.5L Direct Injection Gasoline V6 4WD)

$33,370

$36,160

$39,780

$44,610

Key Features

SiriusXM Travel Link with 3-year trial access

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Automatic Emergency Braking

Remote Engine Start System

LED low-beam projector headlights

20" x 7.5" aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System

Intelligent Cruise Control

Nissan Navigation System

Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers, including Acoustic Waveguide technology

 

EZ FLEX® Seating System with 2nd-row 60/40 split fold-flat bench seat

Blind Spot Warning

Intelligent Around View Monitor

Climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled)

 

LATCH AND GLIDE

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Leather-appointed seats (1st and 2nd row)

Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof

 

3rd-row 50/50 split fold-flat reclining bench seat

Fog lights

Heated front seats

Tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness

The S and SV trims flaunt an advanced driver-assist display as well as NissanConnect. While the SL trim comes with motion-activated liftgate, welcome lighting, and leather-appointed seats and door trim.

With Prices starting at just over $30,000, the Pathfinder gives you the best value for money

All the 3 trims flaunt a SiriusXM Travel Link subscription. Platinum, the high-end trim, boasts LED low-beam projector headlights and dual-panel panoramic moonroof as standard features. Moreover, the trim comes with an exclusive wood-tone interior trim.

Package

Mobile Entertainment System (only available with Platinum model)

Rock Creek Edition Package (SV and SL model)

Rock Creek Edition Technology Package (SV model)

Rock Creek Edition Premium Package (SL model)

MSRP

$1,700

$995

N/A

N/A

Key Features

Tri-Zone Entertainment System with dual head restraint-mounted 8" monitors, remote control and two wireless headphones

18" x 7.5" dark-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with 255/60R18 all-season tires

Nissan Navigation System

Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers, including Acoustic Waveguide technology

 

DVD video playback capability

Black front grille, roof rails, outside mirrors, door handles, license plate finisher, overfenders

NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM with trial access to 3-year Select and 6-month Premium Plus packages

Dual Panel Panoramic Moonroof

 

Rear HDMI input and USB port for video playback

Unique lower front fascia

SiriusXM Traffic with 3-year trial access

 

 

 

Tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness

Dual power heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators

 

 

 

Leatherette-appointed seats with cloth inserts and Rock Creek Edition badging

Heated front seats

 

 

 

Rock Creek Edition black badging

Heated steering wheel

 

 

 

Premium Metallic Rock Creek Edition interior trim

 

 

 

 

Splash Guards

 

 

We Recommend

Even the base Pathfinder S is good enough but the SL trim provides a delightful package with features like power passenger seats, heated front and second-row seats, blind-spot monitoring, and a power lift-gate. The Pathfinder Platinum is handsomely equipped but those large 20-inch wheels compromise ride quality. According to us, we would recommend the SL model with the Rock Creek Edition Package. 

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

7.0/10

With 2020 Pathfinder, only a single engine-transmission option ensures the performance stays the same across the lineup. The suspension hits the balance between offering supple ride quality and controlling body motions. The steering is not as eager as the Mazda CX-9 but offers effortless driving characteristics and can take on sharp bends with ease.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Has a 3.5L V6 Engine

The Nissan Pathfinder gets only one engine and transmission option – a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission, developing 284 horsepower at 6400rpm and 259 pounds-feet of torque at 4800rpm. This combination provides sufficient power for day to day driving including merging with freeway traffic and overtaking. As the Pathfinder is offered with an Intelligent 4×4 system with a selectable drive mode for choosing in accordance with the weather condition. the drivetrain works flawlessly on slick or snowy roads. Also to keep you warm and comfortable in winter condition, it comes equipped with the Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System.

Models

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

MSRP

$31,680

$31,550

$31,690

$36,675

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

2.3L I4 turbo

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed shiftable Automatic

Power

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

291 hp @ 6000 rpm

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

259 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

262 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

262 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

310 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm

Nissan Pathfinder SUV employs a CVT automatic transmission. On the Telluride, it comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Honda Pilot LX is featuring a 6-Speed Automatic transmission. While the Ford Explorer relies on a 10-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. Talking about power figures, The Ford Explorer produces the maximum number of horsepower figures, 300hp to be exact. Followed by Telluride with 291hp.

Acceleration

Frankly, there's nothing impressive about Pathfinder's performance or acceleration. Even with a punchy and energetic engine under the hood of the Pathfinder. The ride hits the 60 MPH mark in 7.4 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds. Other class rivals do offer better performance benchmarks.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV 0-60 MPH In just 7.4 sec

Talking about highway performance, overtaking and passing power is sufficient but if pushed to its limits the engine does makes you feel that's not a good option. It is designed to meet the suburban or city driving details. The CVT transmission does provide accurate shifts.

Models

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

0-60 MPH

7.4

6.1

7.2

5.8

Quarter mile

15.7

14.7

15.4

14.4

Engine

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

3.8L V6

2.3L I4 turbo

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.6

8

N/A

9.8

The Nissan Pathfinder is slowest among the competitors we compared, doing the 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds while the next slowest competitor is Kia Telluride. For comparison, the Ford Explorer can rocket to 60 in 5.8 seconds thanks to its throaty 2.3L EcoBoost engine.

Ride and Handling

This Nissan SUV rides with composure and it absorbs the bumps well. However, in 2020, Nissan stiffened the springs for increased body control and that has compromised the ride quality a bit. This shortcoming is especially pronounced in the Pathfinder Platinum with 20-inch wheels. Handling as well as steering in Nissan Pathfinder SUV is average at best. The bumps experienced on the road made their presence felt inside the cabin. The ride quality is harsh, especially on uneven surfaces. 

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Side View

Stability around turns is competent but the Pathfinder SUV surely lacks precision. Things are a little better in the all-wheel-drive trims than in those with a forward-wheel-drive system. Anyway, the ride offers a pleasant riding experience on idyllic smooth surfaces.

Braking 

Just like handling, Nissan SUV has an average braking system. However, considering the ride's average performance, the braking power is just good enough. Compared to the competition, the ride has the smallest brake sizes. The Pathfinder stops within 124 feet from 60 mph. That’s might not be the best performance among the rivals here. Ford Explorer trails the best by taking 108ft to stop from 60 mph.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front Brake is 12.6 in.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Brake Front(in)

12.6

12.6

13.4

N/A

Brake Rear(in)

12.1

13

12

N/A

Curb weight(lbs.)

4287

4036

4211

4345

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

129

118

108

During emergency braking scenarios, the Pathfinder is able to come to a halt at a distance of 124ft. This is better than 129ft. and 118ft. required by the Honda Pilot LX and Kia Telluride, respectively. Ford Explorer comes to halt at the shortest distance of 108ft.

Towing Capacity

At 6000 pounds, Nissan's towing capacity is highest among competitors here. Owing to the same powertrain across the lineup, even the base Pathfinder S can tow the same. Most of the other competitors can tow 5000 pounds. 

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Honda Pilot

Kia Telluride

Ford Explorer

Maximum Towing Capacity (lbs.)

6000

5000

5000

5300

Drive Train

4WD

AWD

FWD

RWD

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

Nissan's SUV makes up for its lackluster acceleration with its stellar fuel economy. It delivers 20 mpg in city and 27 mpg on the highway for a combined EPA rating of 23 mpg. We think for this class of vehicle, an ideal engine is the one that delivers excellent fuel economy while delivering effortless performance. Nissan Pathfinder hits the bulls-eyes. After all, the kick in the back will lose its importance while a friendly, less thirsty engine will continue to delight through years.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

MPG (city)

20

19

20

21

MPG (highway)

27

27

26

28

MPG (combined)

23

22

23

24

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

19.5

19.5

18.8

19.2

Range (Cty/Hwy)

390 / 527 miles

371 / 527 miles

376 / 489 miles

403 / 538 miles

The Kia Telluride comes extremely close with only its highway mpg figure trailing the Nissan’s by 1 mpg. The Honda Pilot is thirstiest here with 22mpg combined. While the Ford Explorer comes out to be the most efficient SUV of the comparison.

Also Read:

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Towing Capacity

2020 Nissan Pathfinder City, Highway and Combined MPG and Fuel Range

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

7.5/10

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has a spacious interior (even the third row) and the cabin is well built with good quality materials. The infotainment system offers smooth and crisp responses but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are missing (like other Nissans). The luggage space is less than average. It can seat seven people. The seats provide good support and the driving position is natural. It’s not exactly commanding as the SUV gets a car-like unibody construction but the outward visibility is great. The front seats offer best in class legroom but the hip and shoulder room is average among the competitor. Its second row is also spacious and offers great comfort for those long journeys.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Top View

However, the third row really impresses and it turns out to be useful even for adults. A notable shortcoming about the interior is the lack of sufficient storage space in the center console. Although the overall design feels a bit aged compared to the competitors, the material quality is top-notch (except the fake wood accents) and everything is well put together. Amenities like a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats add to the “feel-good” factor. A tri-zone climate control system is also available.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Passenger capacity

7

8

8

7

Passenger Volume (ft. cube)

133.7

152.9

178.1

152.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.2/60.9/42.2

40.1/62.0/40.9

40.9/61.6/44.1

40.7/61.8/43.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.4/60.4/41.7

40.2/62.0/38.4

40.2/61.2/42.4

40.5/61.9/39.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.5/57.1/30.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

38.1/55.3/31.4

38.9/54.6/32.3

In the front, Pathfinder offers 42.2 and 42.3 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. Both are the most among its class rivals. In the second row, the ride offers 39.4 and 41.7 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. While the legroom is the most one can get, the headroom gets beaten out to Honda Pilot LX, which offers 40.2 inches of the same.

Infotainment

Inside, the SUV has an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s among the better in competition with crisp graphics and fast response. Optional features like parking sensor and navigation (optional) are available from SV trim onwards. The Platinum trim gets 12 speakers Bose audio system. However, Nissan does not offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Has a 8-inch Touchscreen Display

Unlike typical 3-seater SUVs that offer child-only 3rd-row, the last row in the SUV can accommodate teenagers as well as smaller adults. Important interior feats belonging to the ride include:

Key Infotainment Features

  • 6 USB ports and Auxillary Audio Jack
  • DVD Video playback capability
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Bose premium audio system with 12 speakers
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • HD Radio
  • Nissa-Connect 8” touchscreen display

Cargo Capacity

Nissan Pathfinder flunks in offering ample cargo capacity. In fact, the ride offers the least cargo volume to seat 2 capacity of a mere 16 cubic feet. Cargo volume to seat 1 capacity available in Pathfinder SUV is 78.9 cubic feet.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Behind 3rd Row (ft. Cube)

16.2

16.5

21

18.2

Behind 2nd Row (ft. Cube)

47

46.8

46

47.9

Behind 1st Row (ft. Cube)

78.9

83.9

87

87.8

The Nissan Pathfinder has the least cargo capacity among the competition. With all seats up, the cargo area length is 19.8 inches. Ford Explorer has 21 inches and the Pilot has 21.5 inches. However, once the third row is fully folded (can also be folded in 60/40 split), Nissan has the highest cargo area length – 51.1 inches. With the second row folded, cargo area length is 78.9 inches.

Key Interior Features

  • Push Button Ignition
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Tri-zone automatic temperature control
  • Intermittent Rear Window Wiper
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • 8 Cup holders and 6 Bottle holders
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Cockpit Area
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Dashboard
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV steering wheel
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Seats
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV instrument cluster

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

The Nissan Pathfinder had lost almost all its previous ruggedness in its third generation. Nissan realized this and now it gets a bit more muscle. No, it’s not intimidating – lots of subtle curves, calm looking headlights, and friendly-looking front grille will not scare away your kids. The low ground clearance with aerodynamic extensions behind wheels makes it's family intentions clear.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Three Quarter View

The Pathfinder is among the lithest competitor here at 4293 pounds. That’s almost 600 pounds less than the lumbering Ford Explorer. In spite of that, the Pathfinder is also among the lengthiest at 198.5 inches – some clever engineering is at play here.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4287

4036

4211

4345

Length(in)

198.5

196.5

196.9

198.8

Width(in)

77.3

78.6

78.3

78.9

Height(in)

70.6

70.6

68.9

69.9

Ground clearance(in)

7

7.3

8

7.9

Wheelbase(in)

114.2

111

114.2

119.1

Track width(in) F/R

65.7/65.7

66.3/ 66.3

67.2/67.6

66.9/66.9

Ground clearance and wheelbase for the Pathfinder is 7.0 inches and 114.2 inches, respectively. While ground clearance is least in the segment, wheelbase is bigger only than the Honda Pilot LX's 111 inches.

Key Exterior Features

  • LED DRLs
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • Fog Lamps
  • Roof Rails
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Gesture-control liftgate
  • Front UV-reducing solar glass and Rear privacy glass
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Wheel
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV rear view
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Taillight
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV 3 Quarter 2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Tailightiew

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

The highlight of the active safety features in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is the fact that Automatic Emergency Braking is standard across all trims. With that, higher trims get things like blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The SUV has a whole host of passive safety features including dual-stage airbags and side-impact beams. Despite offering a below-average security feature list, the Nissan Pathfinder has an impressive IIHS and NHTSA scorecard. The ride offers Superior front crash prevention and good roof strength. Moreover, it receives a 4-star rollover rating and a 5-star overall NHTSA rating.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Reliability plays a big role in finalizing a buying decision. The same goes for Nissan Pathfinder Reliability as it has been rated 3.5 out of 5.0 points, this makes the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder to rank at 17th out of 26 for midsize SUVs reliability. Also, the annual repair cost is also lower than average at $542 ownership costs. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV comes with an advanced airbag system. Other notable standard safety and security features include VDC, TCS, and TPMS.

Key Safety Features

  • Airbags
  • Rearview Camera
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Blind-Spot monitoring

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is one of the most well rounded midsize SUV with well-equipped, spacious seats (even the third row) and high-quality materials. An efficient and powerful engine pulls the pilot briskly along the road. The Pilot also shows a quicker acceleration of 6.2 seconds from 0-to-60 mph. Also, the Pathfinder has better towing capacity than the Pilot as it offers a 6,000-lb towing capacity compared to the Pilot's 5,000-lb capacity. On top of that, the Pilot comes with Honda’s reputation for reliability and has great resale value too. However, the Nissan Pathfinder is every bit as practical and has an air of toughness.

 

2020 Honda Pilot

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has a range of engine options – from a small I4 EcoBoost to the most powerful in segment 3.5L EcoBoost. It gets handsome styling and spacious, comfortable interior to go with it. The cabin is loaded with tech too. However, the Explorer costs more than the Pathfinder for similarly equipped trim. Also, the Pathfinder is solidly built – not a thing we can say for the Explorer.

2020 Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Kia Telluride

Calling the Kia Telluride a Nissan twin won't be wrong, at least in terms of engine performance, pricing, and fuel economy. No doubt, Kia offers spacious third-row seating. Also, the Kia Telluride offers much better ground clearance than the Pathfinder. An inch higher to be exact which makes it a better drive through rugged terrain. The 2020 Kia Telluride features a much better ride with lots of standard tech and safety features. The Kia Telluride does make up for a better choice over the Nissan Pathfinder.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has long moved away from its off-roader roots and has embraced civil life rather well. The interior is spacious and comfortable, has most of the modern electrical assistance, and nice to have features, and the infotainment is crisp. This Nissan comes with a single powertrain option that’s effective in doing what it’s ought to do – transport your family and luggage effortlessly and efficiently.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

In fact, the excellent fuel efficiency is one of the most impressive things about this Nissan mid-size SUV. It’s slow among competition though. As the Pathfinder is gaining popularity, getting it fixed is fairly simple with replacement parts being neither expensive nor hard to find. Overall, the Nissan Pathfinder SUV is ideal for those eyeing for a 7-seater that can offer spacious seating in addition to a pocket-friendly price tag. The remarkable towing capacity is a much-needed bonus.

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FAQ's

Is the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder a reliable car?

Yes. The Nissan Pathfinder is a very reliable car. The 3.5L V6 under the hood is a workhorse. Nissan already has a reputation for making reliable cars. On average, the maintenance of the Pathfinder costs about $3,491 over a span of 5 years. For a full-size crossover, the costs are very nominal. 

Does the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder have Apple CarPlay?

No, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder lacks the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nissan offers a lot of toys to play within the Pathfinder like an 8” Touch Screen Infotainment System, an upgraded 12-Speaker Bose Audio System, DVD video playback, 6 USB ports, and AUX Port, and SiriusXM satellite radio. 

Is the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder safe?

Yes, the Nissan Pathfinder is a very safe car. IIHS termed the vehicle as ‘Good’ and NHTSA gave the car a total rating of 5 Star which is exceptional by any means. It comes equipped with all kinds of safety equipment as standard.

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