After the recent redesign, the Pathfinder is competitive again in a highly demanding segment of three-row SUVs. The recent overhaul has brought a lot of novelties, starting from the new styling, new interior design, more technology features and, importantly, new transmission. Considering all the novelties, it’s hard to believe that bigger changes could happen in the next year. The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will represent the second production year of the generation and, therefore, we expect nothing but minimal updates. Still, keep in mind that some sources speculate about the hybrid version. The officials are still quiet on this matter.
All in all, you may count on a familiar SUV, which has a lot of great things to offer. We like its spacious and comfortable cabin, with some of the best seats in the class. Furthermore, the list of standard equipment is long, while the ride is smooth and refined.
As no bigger changes are expected for the next year, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder will arrive sometime late in the year.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Design
Design-wise, we expect no bigger changes for the next year. We are about to see the same layout that came with the recent redesign. To remind you, the recent redesign brought a lot of novelties, even though some things remained the same. The new model still rides on a good-old D platform, but a platform that has received significant upgrades, particularly in terms of the new chassis and suspension setup. As a result, the ride is now smoother and way more comfortable.
Of course, this redesign has also brought new styling, so the Pathfinder now looks bolder, more aggressive and much better than before. Therefore, we don’t expect to see changes for the second production year, though there is always a possibility to see things like new color options, appearance packages etc.
The same thing is with the interior design. The recent redesign has brought a completely new layout, which is characterized by more attractive aesthetics, better build quality, finer materials and other improvements. We presume that the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder interior will continue in the same way, with a cabin that combines quality materials and modern tech features in a pretty good way.
This cabin also offers plenty of space and high level of functionality. We particularly like the front seats, which are among the best in the class. They are massive and supportive, with plenty of adjustability options. The second row is also very generous with space and accommodates adults with ease. The third row is also quite functional.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row, 45 cubic feet behind the second row and 80.5 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is about average for the segment.
Considering that we are talking about the second production year of the generation, we expect no bigger changes in terms of standard and available equipment. So, base models should come standard 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. The list of available tech features should include 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, as well as remote start and a panoramic moonroof.
The same thing goes for safety features. So, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams etc. Things like ProPilot Assist, surround-view camera, head-up display and road sign recognition should be on the list of options.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Engine
The new generation of Nissan’s mid-size SUV continued with the same 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 284 horsepower. On the other hand, a big change came in terms of transmission, as CVT was replaced with a new 9-speed automatic. As a result, the new Pathfinder provides a much better driving experience and we have no doubt that the next year’s model will continue in the same way. This combination ensures around 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the segment.
Some sources speculate about the introduction of a hybrid version for the next year. If that happens, we presume that the Japanese manufacturer will offer a system based on the company’s new ePOWER technology. The officials are still quiet on this matter.
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, with a starting price of around 35.000 dollars. The competition in this segment is fierce, and some of the leaders are models like Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse etc.