2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review, Redesign, Specs
Despite many rumors about the redesign, it seems pretty much certain that the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will come without more important changes. The current generation came about six years ago. It has brought some critical changes to this famous nameplate. The Pathfinder is not what it used to be. Once a capable SUV, this model is rather a modern crossover today. It rides on a unibody platform and delivers smoother and more civilized ride quality. Old-school adventure lovers aren’t a primary target anymore, but rather large families with needs like plenty of space, lots of practicality and a more efficient ride. However, this transition doesn’t go so smooth, so the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will continue with all the drawbacks that bother the current generation. A redesign won’t happen so soon, probably in a couple of years.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Redesign
The overall design of this mid-size SUV will definitely remain unchanged for the next year. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will keep a familiar shape, which still features some of the design characteristics that are typical for body-on-frame SUVs. This mainly refers to the overall shape, which is quite boxy and definitely won’t deliver you some spectacular aerodynamics. This is particularly notable at the end of the roofline, which comes in a typical wagon-like manner, which has its benefits as well, mainly in terms of more cargo volume. On the other side, general aesthetics are pretty familiar. This crossover features the company’s well-known V-Motion design language. It has been updated a couple of years ago and we definitely don’t expect to see anything important to be changed before the redesign. Still, that doesn’t include things like new color options. Same goes to the mechanics, which definitely won’t suffer any change.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
The cabin of this crossover is pretty much a mixed bag. The biggest complaint goes to the materials and overall aesthetics. Most rivals look both more attractive and more upscale. It looks like the Pathfinder still has to get rid of some SUVish design solutions. This especially refers to the dashboard layout, which looks more like a dash of some older-generation truck than a modern crossover. Most materials are hard plastics, though we must say they are durable and will last for decades for sure.
On the other side, the Pathfinder is relatively comfortable. It comes with three rows of seating and capacity for seven passengers. Front seats are pretty comfortable, but second and third rows definitely aren’t for some long journeys. Most of the complaints go for the seating position in these two rows, which is too low and puts your knees in a not so comfortable position. The second row slides for easier access.
When it comes to the cargo volume, this crossover features pretty average numbers. A good thing is that there are 16 cubic feet behind the third row, which is better than many rivals. On the other side, total cargo capacity of 79.5 cubic feet is slightly below average for the class.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Tech and Safety Features
In terms of tech goodies, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will continue with a familiar 8-inch touchscreen. Its infotainment system may not feature the latest smartphone integration features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but it leaves a pretty good impression. Graphics are pretty good, while the screen responds pretty quickly. Also, there is a couple of physical controls for climate and audio purposes, which makes things much easier. Base models are also equipped with things like six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth, while six USB ports make this crossover very practical.
Higher trims are also equipped with goodies like wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start, a panoramic moonroof, a 13-speaker Bose stereo, a 120-volt outlet, a tri-zone rear seat entertainment system, navigation and much more.
The list of standard safety features is relatively decent. It includes things like parking sensors, rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. You can get much more in higher trims. Some of the available safety systems are adaptive cruise control, surround view camera, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert etc.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder will continue with only one engine in the offer. It is a familiar 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 285 horsepower and comes paired with a CVT. Such amount of power guarantees strong acceleration figures and smooth ride. Besides lots of power, you can count on pretty good towing ratings, which go up to 6.000 pounds. These are definitely one of the highest ratings in the class of mid-size crossover. A pretty good fuel economy is another strong point of this crossover. You can count on around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2020 Nissan Pathfinder sometime late in the year. We don’t expect bigger changes in price, so base models should go around 31.000 dollars.