2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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The Nissan Pathfinder continues its fourth generation without any major changes for 2020. That means it once again has a winning formula with the same strong engine, decent fuel economy, great towing capacity, spacious and comfortable interior, and plenty of driver-assist features for more confident driving. This exciting three-row SUV is perfect for families or individuals who want a vehicle that can do it all.

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Trim Levels

The 2020 Pathfinder is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The S trim is nicely equipped for a base model. It comes standard with three-zone automatic climate control, sliding second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, Bluetooth wireless technology, dual USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and some active safety features. The SV gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and even more driver aids. The SL adds some premium features like leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a hands-free liftgate, and a navigation system. At the top, the Platinum trim comes standard with luxury features like a premium Bose sound system, panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The Platinum trim also offers an available rear-seat entertainment system, which features 8-inch screens on the back of both front headrests. There is also a special Rock Creek Edition of the SL and SV trims. This special-edition version is distinguished by a blacked-out exterior with 18-inch wheels, a trailer tow hitch and wiring harness, plus several options packages to choose from.

Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Pathfinder’s powertrain consists of a 3.5-liter 284 horsepower (259 lb.-ft. of torque) direct-injection V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, but Nissan’s Intelligent Four-Wheel-Drive is available on all trims. The Pathfinder can also tow up to 6,000 lb., which is plenty for most recreational use, such as pulling a small boat or snowmobiles. Despite its powerful engine, the Pathfinder still gets respectable fuel economy. FWD models are rated by the EPA for an estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, while the 4WD ratings trail slightly with an EPA-rated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.


The Pathfinder earned a 2019 Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its fine crash-test performance. Even the base trim comes standard with advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, a rear sonar system, and a rearview monitor. Buyers of the SV trim will get additional features: a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The Platinum trim also adds an around-view monitor.