Review: The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek is built for rough roads

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The latest version of the Nissan Pathfinder has been designed to help it live up to its name.

The all-wheel drive Pathfinder Rock Creek is an off-road-focused model that follows the new trend of rugged three-row crossover SUVs such as the Honda Pilot TrailSport, Kia Telluride X-Pro and Ford Explorer Timberline.

When the Pathfinder was redesigned for 2022, Nissan instilled more of the off-road spirit of the early Pathfinder trucks in it, but the Rock Creek takes that to the next level.

It features standard all-terrain tires and an updated suspension that increases ground clearance from 7.1 to 7.7 inches, tougher front and rear bumper styling, a trailer kit and a tubular roof rack with a 220-pound capacity for carrying equipment.

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The Pathfinder Rock Creek starts at $44,145.
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It also gets water-resistant leatherette upholstery with Rock Creek badging, heated front seats – but no heated steering wheel – second-row captain’s seats, and a 360-degree camera system with different views to make it easier to navigate tight trails… and parking spaces.

Prices start at $44,145, and it comes almost fully loaded with only accessories available on the options list.

The Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter V6 also gets a boost in power from 284 hp to 295 hp and from 259 lb-ft of torque to 270 lb-ft, with the Rock Creek capable of towing trailers with the maximum limit of 6,000 pounds of the model.

The Pathfinder Rock Creek comes with all-terrain tires and an updated suspension designed for light off-road riding.

The Pathfinder Rock Creek comes with all-terrain tires and an updated suspension designed for light off-road riding.
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The effect of the changes is a Pathfinder with an overall firmer feel in all conditions and a marked improvement in its rough road capabilities. It’s still not a rock crawler, but you can ride the Rock Creek all day over ruts and gravel no worse for wear.

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It’s only slightly noisier and stiffer on pavement, thanks mainly to the fat tires, but not so much as to be a turn-off. The Rock Creek also features Nissan’s ProPilot Assist, advanced electronic driver assistance systems with lane-centering adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

A trailer package is standard.

A trailer package is standard.
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Fuel economy takes a hit from the all-wheel drive Pathfinder’s top rating of 23 mpg combined and 27 mpg highway to 21 mpg combined and 23 highway due to the increased rolling resistance of the tires and additional aerodynamic drag caused by the lift and styling changes.

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It further inherits features found in the Pathfinder series reset, including a removable console between the second row seats, a third row suitable for adults, and a roomy load area behind with a deep wheelbarrow storage compartment underneath the floor.

A wheelbarrow-style storage compartment is located under the loadspace floor.

A wheelbarrow-style storage compartment is located under the loadspace floor.
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It may still not be a true off-road truck like its predecessors, but the Pathfinder Rock Creek is “truck” enough for most people and far more useful as a family vehicle than ever before, and the most useful model available today.

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

Base Price: $44,145

Type: 4-door 4-wheel drive SUV for 7 passengers

Engine: 3.5 liter V6

Power: 295 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

MPG: 20 city/23 highway

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