The Pathfinder: An Evolving Masterpiece
When you’re looking for a versatile and capable SUV that can haul everything from family members to tons of cargo, you’re looking for the Nissan Pathfinder. While the Pathfinder began its existence as a tough off-roader, over the years its popularity helped it morph into a casual commuter and reliable family hauler that retains the rugged performance of and remains true to its roots.
The Pathfinder is Nissan’s mid-size SUV, larger and more rugged than the Rogue, but still more compact than the enormous Armada. Its spacious interior promises to make any trip a comfortable ride, and its advanced technology will keep you and your passengers informed, entertained, and out of harm’s way. While it has adapted to driver demands to comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers, the Pathfinder still delivers excellent off-roading capability.
What’s New in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder?
After the Pathfinder underwent a complete redesign for 2022, this year’s model builds on those changes, specifically with the Rock Creek model, which emphasizes and improves the SUV’s off-road capabilities. The Rock Creek model has a slightly lifted suspension and all-wheel drive, as well as a specialized front grille and lower bumpers. The 2023 Pathfinder features 18-inch all-terrain tires on specially designed wheels. The Rock Creek model’s V6 engine is upgraded to 295 horsepower. Additionally, the model offers orange stitching in a dedicated cloth-and-vinyl upholstery, as well as Rock Creek badging on the center console and seats.
The Pathfinder nominally uses a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. When properly equipped, it can tow as much as 7,000 pounds.
In the cabin, Nissan focused on a user-friendly touchscreen and infotainment system that grants access to a variety of available features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, HD Radio, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, navigation, and more. The Pathfinder earned high safety ratings, and it comes with a bundle of driver assistance options. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear parking sensors, and more.
The History of the Nissan Pathfinder
Compact trucks were immensely popular in the 1980s, as drivers preferred their efficiency, maneuverability, and overall versatility. Nissan entered the market with their own compact called the Hardbody. With its release, Nissan also announced that they would also produce an SUV built on the Hardbody’s platform, and told drivers to prepare for the Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder arrived in 1987 and quickly found a fanbase among off-roading enthusiasts, sporting a spacious cabin, sturdy frame, and capable powertrain. The initial models were all two-door adventure vehicles, but Nissan had added rear doors by 1990, making it easier to accommodate more passengers.
Over the decades that followed, Nissan loaded the Pathfinder with new technology, more seating arrangement options, and even more interior space. As of 2017, the Pathfinder has refreshed its off-roading roots with enhanced suspension, increased towing capacity, and a brawnier engine.
We Have the Pathfinder at Townsend Nissan
At Townsend Nissan, we want to be your go-to automotive source for drivers in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area. We have a diverse lineup of new and pre-owned vehicles, including a range of reliable Nissan cars, trucks, and SUVs. Take a look at our inventory online or drop by to browse the car lot with one of our insightful team members. When you see something you like, you can take it for a test drive. While you’re here, we would also be happy to sit down and discuss our financing options. Get a head start by completing the pre-qualifying form.