2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Original MSRP Range
$31,980 - $44,910
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
19 - 20 MPG City / 26 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2020 Nissan Pathfinder

What We Like

  • Strong horsepower and torque
  • Adept handling
  • A full suite of safety and driver-assist technologies
  • USB-C ports
  • 6,000-lb tow rating

What We Don't

  • Outdated design
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Some safety and driver-assist systems that are standard on competitors are still optional on the Pathfinder
  • Unremarkable interior


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder?

The Pathfinder picked up a rear sonar system, two more USB-C ports, radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and LED headlights on higher trims as part of a 2019 update. It carries over unchanged for the 2020 model year. See the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder models for sale near you

Which Pathfinder is the Best?

At just under $36,000, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder SV provides most of the popular standard gear and some advanced safety systems. Toss in the All Weather and Tech packages, and you're still out the door for under $38,000 -- though AWD will run you another $1,700. Unless you must have leather seats or the around-view monitor, the SV trim is a pretty good buy. If you're still looking for more features, such as heated seats and a tow hitch, consider the value-oriented packaging of the SV Rock Creek Edition. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Cost?

The Pathfinder follows Nissan's traditional grade structure and comes in four trim levels.

The S trim ($32,727 FWD, $34,415, AWD) comes standard with 18-in painted wheels, hill assist, power outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic emergency braking, cloth seats, a 60/40-split reclining second-row seat, rear door alert, a 50/50 reclining fold-flat third-row seat, cruise control, a rear sonar system, power door locks with keyless remote, power windows, tri-zone automatic climate control, two 12-volt power outlets, six USB ports, push-button ignition, a 4-in color Advanced Drive Assist Display, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker audio system with an 8-in color display. Oddly, the only factory option is heated outboard mirrors.

The SV ($35,515 FWD, $37,205 AWD) trim comes with the S trim's equipment and options and adds to them a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, an 8-way power driver's seat, an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, a programmable key fob, two more 12-volt power outlets, rear sonar parking assistance and remote engine start. Standard driver assists include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The SV All Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and heated mirrors. The SV Tech package adds navigation with upgraded NissanConnect and SiriusXM services, a trailer hitch and a wiring harness.

The SL ($39,135 FWD, $40,825 AWD) includes the SV's standard and listed optional equipment and adds a motion-activated power liftgate with position memory, hill-descent control, first- and second-row leather seating, LED headlights, additional driver's seat power adjustments, a 4-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat, a 120-volt power outlet and a 360-degree monitor with motion detection. Upgrades include a dual-pane panoramic power moonroof, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Bose audio system with an 8-in color touchscreen.

The value-oriented Rock Creek package is available on SV and SL trims and boasts an outdoorsy aesthetic despite offering no real functional off-road benefits. It comes standard with a trailer hitch and trailer connection points, black plastic fender flares, a fake front skid plate and unique badging and interior trim. Unique packages offered for the Pathfinder Rock Creek include the SV Rock Creek Technology package -- which bundles heated seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors for $980 -- and the SL Rock Creek Premium package, which adds a Bose audio system and a panoramic sunroof for $2,110.

The Platinum trim ($43,965 FWD, $45,655 AWD) builds on the SL's standard and optional equipment with a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, wood grain interior accents, a tow hitch with a wire harness, 20-in aluminum alloy wheels and heated and cooled front seats. The only upgrade is the rear-seat Family Entertainment package, which adds a DVD player, dual headrest-mounted 8-in monitors and headphones.

Pathfinder Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Pathfinder 4x4 Platinum$44,910 / $41,7246 Cylinder28419 / 26Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder 4x4 S$33,670 / $31,2946 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder 4x4 SL$40,080 / $37,2436 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder 4x4 SV$36,460 / $33,8836 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder FWD Platinum$43,220 / $40,1566 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder FWD S$31,980 / $29,7266 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder FWD SL$38,390 / $35,6746 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pathfinder FWD SV$34,770 / $32,3156 Cylinder28420 / 27Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Nissan Pathfinder Safety

Is the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder a Safe Car?

The National Highway Safety Administration gave the Pathfinder a 5-Star overall rating for its crash test performance. In testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the current-generation Pathfinder earned ratings of Good in every category except for the small overlap front passenger test, in which it scored as Acceptable. In crash avoidance and mitigation tests, the Pathfinder graded out as Superior.

Every Pathfinder comes with six airbags, automatic emergency braking, rear door alert, an energy-absorbing steering column and front and rear crumple zones. A blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are standard on the SV trim and higher.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$49,259 ($0.66 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Rock Creek Edition
  • Cargo Pkg
  • Rock Creek Edition Tech Pkg


2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs the competition

2020 Toyota Highlander -- The Highlander is all-new for 2020 and is certain to build on what was already a strong offering. Expect loads of active safety tech to come standard. There's also a new hybrid version that'll almost certainly offer segment-leading fuel economy.

2020 Honda Pilot -- With a more refined interior than many of its competitors, the Pilot is not only comfortable, but also excels in creative storage spaces. Honda's full suite of active safety and driver-assist features comes standard on every trim.

2020 Mazda CX-9 -- The CX-9 offers premium styling and a high-end passenger experience. Mazda makes a point to engineer sporty driving dynamics into its vehicles and the CX-9 is no exception.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL -- A 2014-2016 Mercedes-Benz GL has all the room and comfort of a midsize SUV, but it offers more powertrain options and more upscale amenities.

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