Is the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Grade too small, too late?

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For years, the Nissan Pathfinder has been a popular and luxurious SUV to consider. But recently it’s been overshadowed by the Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. In a bid to reclaim the throne, the 2023 version of the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek joins the lineup.

The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek has off-road upgrades

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek | Nissan

The 2023 version of the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek arrives just in time to take on its rivals with new off-road enhancements. The Kia Telluride X-Pro and Hyundai Palisade XRT are also coming for 2023, but could just be appearance packages.

With the 2023 Pathfinder Rock Creek build, you get standard all-wheel drive and a 0.6-inch suspension lift. Ground clearance is around 7.8 inches, so we’d like to see a bit more height.

It rolls on 18-inch tires that seem capable of bead-locking. Remember, they only look the part. The wheels are wrapped in Toyo Open country all-terrain tires. Plus, new fuel mapping delivers an additional 11 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel.

How much does the Pathfinder Rock Creek cost?

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Pricing for the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek has yet to be revealed. The Rock Creek package costs $995 with the 2020 model. Additionally, the 2022 Pathfinder starts at around $33,880. Prices should increase to cover mechanical and exterior upgrades.

However, the Pathfinder will still use the same 3.5-liter V6 engine with 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque with Rock Creek trim. On other models, the engine continues to develop 284 hp.

With this engine, the Pathfinder can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 6.6 seconds, which is faster than the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander.

The Pathfinder can also tow up to 6,000 lbs while the Telluride maxes out at 5,000 lbs. That’s plenty of power for hauling campers and other recreational gear.

The intelligent 4WD system with seven-position drive mode and terrain selector includes drive modes for Standard, Sport, Eco, Sand, Snow, Mud/Rut. And Row. It is unknown if the Pathfinder Rock Creek will gain additional modes.

The Black badge sets the Rock Creek apart, and the roof rack can hold up to 220 lbs. According to The Car Connection, the interior features black synthetic leather upholstery with orange contrast stitching.

A 360-degree surround-view camera is standard, along with second-row captain’s chairs, tow hook, wiring harness and LED fog lights.

What’s new for the 2023 Pathfinder

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek rear view

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek | Nissan

The 2023 version of the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek could be the main update for the next model year. But four two-tone exterior color advisories and six new monotone colors will be available. We should hear more about the 2023 Pathfinder when it arrives this summer.

An 8.0-inch Information System is standard, but you can upgrade to a 9.0-inch screen. Wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and wired Andorid Auto connectivity are standard on higher trims. Also, you can opt for a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a wireless charger.

Standard safety features include automated emergency braking with pedestrian protection, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Maybe other standard systems will be added.

We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek model. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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