2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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

Updated on: April 2, 2020
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Brought to us 35 years ago, the Pathfinder still remains one of the most sought after SUVs in the market, solely because it provides solid value for money. The Pathfinder, Nissan's contender in this battle of SUVs to gather the top spot remains mostly unchanged from 2018 albeit a few changes here and there. With a peppy V6 engine, a smoother drive and a good third-row space, what remains to be seen is how it fares in this battle of the heavyweights.

Let's find out!

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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 quality

Cramped third-row

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto not offered

What's New?

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder comes unchanged.


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. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

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.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

ev range

390 mi.

highway range

526.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior video
 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review video
 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior video

Styles

 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

7.6

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
23 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 (20/23/27) 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
23 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 (20/23/27) 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
23 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 (20/23/27) 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 (20/22/27) 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
23 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 (20/23/27) 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 (20/22/27) 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 (20/22/27) 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
23 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 (20/23/27) 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 (19/21/26) 284 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.4

Overall Rating


Nissan brings the Japanese principle of reliability, utility, and composure with the 2020 Pathfinder. With stylish, and ergonomically designed interior, this seven-seater Pathfinder is offered in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations. A choice of four well-equipped trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum, ranging from $31,680 to $44,610 are available to accommodate your family needs. Further, Nissan takes care of your specific needs with the available choices and optional packages at hand.

All Pathfinder models are equipped with a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and CVT transmission. Standard maximum towing capacity is best-in-class when properly equipped, giving owners the ability to tow two-axle recreational trailers. Further, the SUV class is flushed with flagships and wide-oriented vehicles from the auto manufacturer resulting in stiff competition. Nissan Pathfinder faces competition from another Japanese, Honda Pilot, the Korean Kia Telluride, and all American Ford Explorer.

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

7.6/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Features

7.6/10

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder uses a single powertrain across its four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All trim share V-6 engine mated with a continuously variable transmission. This seven-seater SUV comes standard with front-wheel-drive with an option to upgrade to an all-wheel version for $1,690.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (FWD)

$31,680

$34,470

$38,090

$42,920

MSRP (4WD)

$33,370

$36,160

$39,780

$44,610

Key Features

SiriusXM Travel Link with 3-year trial access

Add/Upgrade to S

Add/Upgrade to SV

Add/Upgrade to SL

 

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

Starting at $31,680, Pathfinder S includes adequate standard convenience and safety features and moving up the ladder adds a mix of features for added comfort and safety. Moving up to midrange SV, you can add Rock creek Edition package for $995 and can also opt for a Technology package for $980 for a navigation system, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated side mirrors.

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

 

 

SL and Platinum go plush with the inclusion of genuine leather upholstery, heated front- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a hands-free power liftgate, and LED headlights. For luxurious drive, Platinum features a ventilated front seat, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a tow hitch.

What do we recommend?

Nissan Pathfinder is a seven-seater SUV with a clear demarcation of goals biased towards stability and comfort rather than performance and handling. The midrange Pathfinder SV will be a good starting point for a family. It includes popular features like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

7.0/10

With 2020 Pathfinder, a seven-seater SUV, Nissan seems to be targeting a family’s daily driving needs with exquisite comfort. The 2020 Pathfinder is solely motivated by a 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated with a continuously variable transmission. The V-6 engine in itself is punchy and energetic. But in Pathfinder, the power will neither burst you out nor will it result in a blinding drive, just enough to carry you, your family and a whole lot of your junk around with ease.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV has a 3.5L V6 Engine

The CVT automatic transmission comes with a clear purpose, quiet and efficient ride. The CVT is smooth and shifts quickly to fit the daily driving chronicles. However, as you push the pedal, driving up the hill, the engine starts droning and the transmission responds with a delay and takes away all the fun from driving.

Models

Nissan Pathfinder S FWD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

MSRP

$31,680

$31,550

$31,690

$36,675

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD RWD

Transmission

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed shiftable Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

284@6,400

280@6,000 

291@6,000

300@5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

259@4,800

262@4,700

262@5,200

310@3,500 

Among the lot, Nissan Pathfinder is no way powerful but aptly can be adjudged as a daily commuter. Saying that, please don’t undermine your need for occasional driving thrill or rush, the additional power might come in handy. Ford has outdone itself yet again, by producing the segment best power figures from a mere 2.3L Inline-4 engine.

Acceleration

The Pathfinder has a punchy and energetic V6 under the hood. With brisk speeding, the Pathfinder is composed but when put under constant stress the mill saturates with coarse engine notes, surely something which may irk not only the ones driving the car but also the ones who are driving next to the Pathfinder.

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

On the highway, the merging and passing power are adequate but pushing the limits is not an option with this Nissan. The engine surely is devised to meet the likes of suburban or city driving details. The CVT is obedient and disciplined but tends to sway away from its character when Pathfinder is asked for something it is not meant for.

Models

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.4

6.1

7.2

5.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.7

14.7

15.4

14.4

Top Speed (MPH) 140 N/A N/A 143

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L turbo Inline-4

Emission

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

7.6

8

N/A

9.8

The SUV marathon will find the 2020 Pathfinder somewhere lagging behind but a sprint might see this Nissan scoring well. However, for a straight-line adrenaline rush or off-roading needs, opt for anything other than Nissan Pathfinder. The available all-wheel-drive offers better traction and acceleration as well, in case you want to stick with Nissan.

Ride and Handling

Decent driving dynamics of Nissan Pathfinder offers a stable, and composed drive. Mind the words, because the drive may be stable but not subtle. The light-weight steering and body lean are Pathfinder’s constants, make it feel bigger than it actually is. The Nissan Pathfinder sits atop a four-wheel independent suspension combining front struts and rear multilink. The ride can be jittery through rough terrain or occasional bumps otherwise Pathfinder is mostly plush and quiet.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Side View

Composure and stability come ahead of ability and speed for this Nissan. With just 7-inches of ground clearance, the 2020 Pathfinder can drive you through loose gravel trails but not anything of the rough or beaten terrain.

Available four-wheel-drive adds all-weather traction and comes with a flexibility of being locked by the driver in front-drive only, automatic, and all-wheel-drive modes. Though, we would prefer an all-automatic setup which requires less or no attention.

Braking Performance

The family SUV, Nissan Pathfinder comes alive when it comes to sports performance, especially when it comes to braking. This Nissan comes to rest from 60 mph in just 124 ft, exemplary isn’t it? In comparison to its rivals, Nissan Pathfinder stands tall with strong braking performance with reliable feedback. Another downside is the nosedive with the slightest of braking.

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 Rotors Front (in)

12.6

12.6

13.4

N/A

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

12.1

13

12

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs)

4287

4036

4211

4345

60-0 MPH (ft)

124

129

118

108

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinders is equipped with four-wheel ABS which produces a screeching sound during panic stops. The bigger summer tires, traction is improved and supports aggressive braking. The Ford Explorer turns out to be a true performer with astounding braking performance.

Towing Capacity

The Nissan Pathfinder with its V-6 showcases an exceptional towing capacity of 6000 lbs, 1000 lbs more than its rivals, provided it is properly equipped. That’s quite good by class standards.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Honda Pilot

Kia Telluride

Ford Explorer

Towing Capacity (lbs)

6000

5000

5000

5300

The $995 Rock Creek Edition package includes a special tow package which adds a Tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness along with special wheels to maximize the towing ability of the 2020 Pathfinder.

Also Read

How reliable is the Ford Explorer?

Click here to read an in-depth account of the safety features offered in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

The Nissan Pathfinder is competent and holds an upper hand, thanks to an efficient V-6. This three-row SUV manages a respectable fuel economy considering the curb weight and the fact that it is the slowest among its adversaries. The 2020 Pathfinder in all-wheel-drive configuration manages 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined.

The front-wheel-drive Pathfinders showcases a better appetite with slightly better EPA ratings. The top trim, Pathfinder Platinum is the only all-wheel-drive placed with bigger wheels and is rated separately: 19/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined).

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 (Gallons)

19.5

19.5

18.8

19.2

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

390/527/448

371/527/429

376/489/432

403/538/460

Among the competitors, Kia Telluride is rated at 21 mpg combined with all-wheel-drive whereas the Honda Pilot all-wheel-drive with 6-speed automatic manages 21 mpg combined while with 9-speed automatic transmission it manages 22 mpg combined.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

7.5/10

The Nissan Pathfinder has evolved with the right dominant gene and that is comfort. The first and second-row are exceptionally accommodating with seats adequately padded to fit any body-type and sit up-high for great outward visibility. The second-row is easily accessible and slide fore and aft for better third-row accessibility as well. Hoping for captain’s chair in the second-row, Nissan disappoints by skipping any mention of it while other rivals bank upon the same. However, the second-row reclines for a comfortable long journey though at an expense of third-row.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Top View

The third-row is strictly meant for children with just 30-inches of legroom. Nissan has traded-off with affordability and roomier SUV’s which are pricier options. The quality of material in the Pathfinder suits the class. Moving up the ladder to SL and Platinum models makes Leather upholstery standard. Also, the available Rock Creek edition adds special black & orange color combo with special badging.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Seating Capacity

7

8

8

7

First Row (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 Row (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 Row (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

Nissan makes use of its infinite knowledge of ergonomics while building 2020 Pathfinder. Although, the third-row features relatively higher load floor, imagine third-row riders sitting with knees up to the chest, even with short legs.

Infotainment

Talking of technology, specifically modern. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder needs to understand the exact semantics. Across all Pathfinders, an 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth and USB connectivity comes standard. Android Auto and Apple Carplay integration are being missed, we hope Nissan just skipped and not skimped it. Also, the touchscreen graphics look outdated.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Has an 8-inch Touchscreen Display

The SL and Platinum add standard Navigation but we would advise using Google maps, Apple maps or any third-party application for a better response and accuracy. For Entertainment, all Pathfinders offers AM/FM/CD audio system with six-speaker stereo along with SiriusXM satellite radio. For audiophiles, the Platinum adds Bose Premium audio system with 13 speakers, including acoustic waveguide technology and DVD playback system.

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 13 speakers
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • HD Radio
  • Nissan-Connect 8” touchscreen display

Cargo Capacity

Overall, Nissan Pathfinder is not as capacious as others in the segment. The Pathfinder carries the least number of carry-on suitcases with just 16 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row. The cargo expands to 47 cubic feet with the third row folded, competitive now.

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder shows versatility with more than enough cargo configurations, thanks to easy-folding second- and third-row seats. The easy expansion of cargo area when necessary is a plus point. On the downside is the uneven load floor when all the seats are down, which makes the sliding in/out longer items a task, a tough one.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder S 2WD

Honda Pilot LX FWD

Kia Telluride LX FWD

Ford Explorer XLT RWD

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

16.2

16.5

21

18.2

Cargo Capacity (Behind 2nd Row) (ft3)

47

46.8

46

47.9

Cargo Capacity (Behind 1st Row) (ft3)

78.9

83.9

87

87.8

From our comparison, the 2020 Ford Explorer and Kia Telluride with a total cargo capacity of almost 87 cubic-feet, behind the 1st row is exceptional.

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

Also Read

Do the prices for the Pathfinder vary with respect to different states?

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Dashboard
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Dashboard
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front Seats
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front Seats
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV gear shifter knob
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV gear shifter knob
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SpeedometerMeter
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SpeedometerMeter
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Steering Wheel
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Steering Wheel

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

To put it straight, the 2020 Pathfinder is a bread and butter family crossover. The rounded exterior remains handsome, somewhat similar to Honda Pilot. The tougher or boxier image of Kia Telluride or Ford Explorer might urge many to buy one. Pathfinder’s large windshield enables great outward visibility.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Three Quarter View

2020 welcomes a Rock Creek edition that aims to add a rugged character with a black grille, roof rails, door handles and other aesthetics. To finish things off, the Pathfinder hasn't changed much in the looks department in the past few years. It's a purebred family SUV which may be affordable but at the end of the day not very interesting to look at.

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)

7.0

7.3

8.0

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

114.2

111

114.2

119.1

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
  • Dual panel panoramic moonroof

Also Read

How has the Pathfinder performed on the sales front?

2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Bonnet
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Bonnet
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV headlight
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV headlight
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Fog Light
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Fog Light
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Rear Light
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Rear Light
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Pathfinder SUV Front View

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder holds impressive safety scores to its credibility. NHTSA gave overall five stars to Pathfinder for crashworthiness, but that includes a star-less for front and rollover crash safety. The other federal agency, IIHS is yet to crash-test 2020 Pathfinder but for curious ones, Nisan Pathfinder was Top Safety pick for 2019.

The standard safety and driver assistance features across all Pathfinder trims include automatic emergency braking, tire pressure monitoring system, rear-view camera, parking sensors, airbags, LATCH, and front and rear crumple zones. The other advanced active safety features like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts come standard on SV and higher trims. While SL and Platinum exclusively feature surround-view camera system.

Key Safety Features

  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution(EBD)
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control with traction Control
  • LATCH system
  • Front seat belts with Pretensioners
  • Side Impact, Front and Curtain Airbags with Rollover sensor

Also Read

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Honda Pilot

The Pathfinder shares a lot of common traits with Pilot. Both the SUVs offer comparable engine power, fuel economy and are priced similarly. The Pathfinder tops the charts with 6000 pounds of towing capacity, 1000 lbs more than Pilot. Rest all other presumptions are easily met by the Pilot with Pathfinder trailing behind. The Honda offers a superior ride quality and includes more standard safety features. Further, the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes Pilot the first choice.

2020 Honda Pilot

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer costs almost $5000 ahead of Nissan Pathfinder but what it brings forward to the plate will definitely be to your delight. The inclusion of the latest technology with a long list of standard safety features than the Pathfinder makes it an appealing choice. Though the Explorer isn’t perfect, it offers multiple choices in powertrain ranging from raw power to efficient hybrid. Also, the Explorer is a better off-roader and can switch to a comfortable ride than Pathfinder.

2020 Ford Explorer

Nissan Pathfinder Vs Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride seems to be Nissan's twin with equivalent engine performance, pricing, and fuel economy. Though, Kia offers better third-row seating and room than the Pathfinder. Also, the ground clearance of Kia Telluride is an inch higher, making it a better drive through rugged terrain. The 2020 Kia Telluride is a plush ride with lots of standard tech and safety features. Clearly, Kia Telluride reasonably wins the mark to be the better choice when compared with the Nissan Pathfinder.

2020 Kia Telluride

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

Nissan gives you a pretty good value for money, at least in terms of features and interior ergonomics. Although the dated interior is a drawback, Nissan Pathfinder checks many boxes with an efficient and peppy V-6 engine supporting a composed ride. Also, the inclusion of safety features for the price seems justified. Newer technology could allow Nissan Pathfinder to make a better impact and will promote it up the competitive segment.

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Overall Reviews


Jason B. Freeman

Jason B. Freeman 2020 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

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User Overall Rating

Everything but efficient

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Overview Rating

Tons of features come in standard and I don't think any other make is offering so many features in this benchmark.

4/10

Features

4/10

Interior

4/10

Design

4/10

Safety

4/10

Reliability

4/10

Deal Value

7/10

Dealer Review


Patrick C. Davis

Patrick C. Davis 2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

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User Overall Rating

Nissan has made a bomb

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Overview Rating

I could not have asked for better. She is loyal & fierce at the same time.

5/10

Features

5/10

Interior

5/10

Design

5/10

Safety

5/10

Reliability

5/10

Deal Value

7/10

Dealer Review


Thomas M. Jones

Thomas M. Jones 2020 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

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The best AWD

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Overview Rating

No vehicle is perfect and we're just trying to make our way towards that virtual perfection. Judging from the pros & cons, it doesn't disappoint. Now reliability will make a final call I guess.

5/10

Features

5/10

Interior

5/10

Design

5/10

Safety

4/10

Reliability

5/10

Deal Value

8/10

Dealer Review

Top User Reviews


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"Everything but efficient"

Impressive. Precise handling and spot on gas response come in standard with the new 2020 Pathfinder from Nissan. No praises for its efficiency though. Lives upto its size when questioned about mpg.
by Jason B. Freeman

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"Nissan has made a bomb"

The reason I say they have made a bomb is because of the responsive driving experience it results in. The exhaust note is something to brag about and changes past 60mph only to become sportier and beautiful. On the ball pedal response and impeccable steering to tire connection are some of the factors that make Pathfinder the best choice among the rest.
by Patrick C. Davis

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"The best AWD"

* Quite some strength coming right from its V6. * Smooth drive & ride quality. * 4WD comes to rescue right when you need it. * Justifiable distance for a gallon * Handling feels a little stiff in city * Exhaust sound doesn't match the strength(should be more resonant) * Takes a little while to rev up at times
by Thomas M. Jones

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"ONLY CVT IN PATHFINDER"

CVT is good but what if someone wants an automatic transmission with manual shifters. This is how the conversation started with the salesperson after hopping inside for the test drive. I still ask the same question and nobody seems to have an answer for it. I'm not against CVT's but not a fan either. Technology is giving us many advanced features and never asks if we really want them. Its fine to ...
by Alan L. Keener