Soon enough, the new generation of Nissan’s mid-size crossover will enter its second production year. Considering all the improvements that were introduced with the recent redesign, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will come without more important changes. We count on a familiar design, though there is always room for minor updates, such as new color options, new standard features and similar things.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same. We are about to see the same overall design, which has a lot of good things to offer. This SUV features a pretty nice cabin, with plenty of passenger and cargo space. Also, we like its smooth ride, as well as a pretty decent fuel economy. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to the lack of athleticism.
Considering that there will be no bigger changes, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Design
The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will represent the second production year of the generation and therefore, we have no doubt that the overall design will remain the same. We are about to see the same layout that debuted recently. Even though the new generation also rides on the good-old D platform, it has been significantly upgraded with new technologies, as well as with a new chassis and suspension setup. As a result, the ride is smoother than before, though we can’t say that this SUV is particularly athletic, even though the steering has been revised ad now works much better.
In terms of the styling, the next year’s model might bring things like new color options but the overall look will certainly remain the same. The new model follows the brand’s latest design language and also looks bolder and more aggressive. Still, the overall shape isn’t significantly different, while dimensions also remained pretty similar to the previous generation.
Some of the biggest improvements that have happened with the recent redesign were made on the inside. There is a completely new cabin design and we have no doubt that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will continue in the same way. You may count on a well-designed cabin, which features pretty impressive build quality, as well as pretty impressive materials.
Besides great quality and upscale look, this cabin is also pretty generous with space. The first two rows are very generous with space, while the front seats are some of the best in the class. The third row is typically tight for this segment but can be pretty useful.
The cargo area offers around 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 45 cubic feet behind the second row and 80.5 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s about average for the segment of three-row SUVs.
As we already mentioned, there is always a chance to see some novelties in this aspect. However, most things will certainly remain the same. Therefore, base models should come equipped with keyless entry, tri-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four USB ports, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo. Among options, expect to find things like remote start, panoramic roof, a 9-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, two additional USB ports, a 13-speaker Bose sound system, and wireless device charging.
The same is with driver-assistance features. Base models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, driver drowsiness monitoring etc.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
Under the hood, the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will continue in the same way. This mid-size SUV comes with a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which in this case puts out around 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. A big change came in the form of a new 9-speed automatic transmission, which replaced the uninspiring CVT from the previous generation. As a result, the ride is smoother, the acceleration is quicker, and the overall driving experience is better.
Base models will continue with the front-wheel-drive setup, while the AWD will be available. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on something like 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the segment. The max towing capacity goes up to 6.000 pounds.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the base price will remain very similar to the current model, which starts at around 34.500 dollars. Key competitors should be models like VW Atlas, GMC Acadia etc.