One thing that distinguishes new 2020 Nissan Pathfinder from the rest in the crowded crossover-SUV class is the powerful 3.5-liter engine. The new model keeps it up with safety improvements and features, like forward-collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring. The exterior is refreshed, a bit more subtle than some previous Nissan models. Interior is very comfortable and enhanced with the new NissanConnect infotainment system, and a larger 8-inch touch screen.
In the segment where most of the 7-seat vehicles offer similar amenities, the Pathfinder stands out with features like a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, rear-door alert, and automatic emergency braking. The price of the new model is in the average range for this class, and the main rivals of the Pathfinder will be Honda Pilot, Buick Enclave, Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer, and Mazda CX-9.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
Nissan is a company who isn’t afraid to take the risk when it comes down to styling and exterior design. Take a look at Juke, for example. Yet, for the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, the exterior changes are far more conservative and reduced. Of course, that’s not a bad thing at all. With the new redesign, the Pathfinder will definitely be more attractive and visually appealing. The proportions are very harmonious, and the overall appearance will stay fresh long enough, that the owners won’t get the feeling that they drive an old-timer.
Moreover, the optional dual-pane moonroof will add an airiness to the interior and make it even more comfortable. Also, the gesture-controlled tailgate is one of the most convenient features, and it will be available on the higher trim levels. The new model comes with the rear parking sensors and a pair of brand-new Type-C USB ports, alongside the four regular Type-A USB ports. Furthermore, you’ll find adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as part of the standard equipment. We should also mention the new paint choice – Mocha Almond Pearl is the latest addition to the palette.
The upcoming 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is a 7-seat midsize-crossover SUV. So, you can expect a lot of space in the first two rows. However, the third row is mostly suitable for the small, and most impatient passengers. Also known as the kids. The reclining second-row seats can slide, and provide easier access to the back. The passengers in the front will adore the standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen, with the user-friendly interface and customizable controls. On top of that, the ergonomics are very well-balanced and include a height-adjustable driver’s seat. The luggage section behind the 3rd-row offers 16 cubic feet of space and expands to 47.8 behind the second row.
Also, when both rows are folded flat, the maximum cargo area is 79.8 cubic feet. As for the equipment, the 2020 Pathfinder come will bring plenty of technological upgrades and gadgets. You can except 18-inch alloy wheels, push-button ignition, 8-inch touch screen, rear parking sensors, and 3-zone climate control available for the entry-level Pathfinder S. Furthermore, a 6-speaker audio System with HD radio and a CD player, forward-collision mitigation and Rear Door Alert are available as well. Although the company is already a class leader in the infotainment section, the new Pathfinder will have the next-gen NissanConnect system. We just can’t wait to see this system in action.
Nissan Pathfinder Platinum
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum trim will surely bring out the best of this midsize SUV. Of course, the luxury comes with the price. The MSRP of the current model is just above $42,000. That is almost $10,000 more than the base model. So, be ready for an even bigger gap for 2020 model. You should have in mind that the Platinium package for Pathfinder includes navigation, premium audio system, new alloy wheels, and other unique features.
In the cabin, you’ll get a heated steering wheel/ front seats/ side mirrors, and the towing package. A list of drivers aid includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and the rear cross-traffic alert. The seats come with leather upholstery and the dual-pane panoramic moonroof is available as well. Platinum boosts the audio segment also, with 13-speaker Bose system. One of the extra features of this model is a rear-seat entertainment system. With all this, we expect that the Pathfinder Platinum will be very close to the luxury segment of the mid-size SUV class.
Under the hood of 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will be an all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6 engine. This will be the one and only engine option for the customers at the moment. The 3.5-liter V6 powertrain can produce 284 horsepower and an equally substantial 259 lb-ft of torque. Such power allows the Pathfinder to tow 6,000, making this vehicle a top choice for those with a 2-axle trailer.
Furthermore, the V6 unit works with regular gasoline. The EPA city/highway fuel economy is 20/27 mpg for front-wheel drive and 19/26 mog for all-wheel drive systems. A CVT transmission will be standard, as well as the front-wheel-drive system. However, customers can opt for the all-wheel drive as well.
Release Date and Price
The MSRP of upcoming 2020 Nissan Pathfinder S starts at $32,500. This price doesn’t include the $1,000 of destination charge. Besides the entry-level Pathfinder S, the new model will have three more trim levels: SV, SL, and Platinum. The SV will come with the starting price at around $35,300. The all-wheel-drive will cost an extra $1,700. The SL costs around $37,100 and the Platinum will have the MSRP starting from $43,600.
However, with the all-wheel drive and the $1,700 rear-seat entertainment system the price can easily go over $47,000. The price of 2020 Pathfinder is on the class average point. The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot have a similar starting price. The Ford Explorer costs slightly more, and Kia Sorento is just under the price of Pathfinder. The Japanese company is eager to introduce the new model as soon as possible. Still, the midsize-crossover won’t be available for purchase at least until late 2019.