2020 Nissan Pathfinder: Long in the Tooth But Small in Price Increase

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The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder gets no significant changes for 2020 and only slightly higher prices as it carries over ahead of an expected redesign to match new and updated competition in three-row SUV family haulers. The entry S trim level with front-wheel drive will start at $32,725, an increase of $150 (all prices include $1,045 destination, unchanged from 2019).

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The current generation dates to a 2013 full redesign, with a 2017 refresh that brought some front-end styling tweaks, a revised V-6 and updated technology. Among its rivals, the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander are redesigned for 2020, and the Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade are all-new. The Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas all are relatively new, and a redesigned Honda Pilot is expected to be on the way, too. The Pathfinder remains a solid entry, however, and could be a good deal — particularly if you look at any of the 2019s still on the lot.

The Pathfinder offers the S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. For the higher trim levels with front-wheel drive, the SV starts at $35,515, up $100, and the SL at $39,135, up $70. The top-of-the-line Platinum starts at $43,965 and has the smallest price increase of just $50.

All-wheel drive is available on all trim levels for an additional $1,690, the same AWD premium as 2019. The SV and SL also offer a value Rock Creek Edition that adds 18-inch, dark-finish wheels, black cladding on the wheel opening and some black trim pieces for $995, also unchanged from 2019 when the Rock Creek Edition was first introduced midyear.

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All Pathfinders come with a 284-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission and can tow up to 6,000 pounds with the towing package. All also have automatic emergency braking, while adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera system are available.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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