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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review | CarMax

The Nissan Pathfinder SUV was a trendsetter when it was launched in 1987 and has evolved with the times since then, up to its current and fourth generation. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is an excellent choice for you if you're looking for an SUV with style and a can-do approach to confident driving. While we currently do not have many 2020 Nissan Pathfinders on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future.

If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Nissan Pathfinder with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Nissan Pathfinder at CarMax.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $20,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $23,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $25,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Nissan Pathfinder review:

Key Specs and Features


  • The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder with the 2WD, 3.5L V6, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2
  • Equipped with 4WD, the 2020 Pathfinder with the same 3.5L V6 and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined (21 mpg for the Platinum trim).2

Cargo Space:

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Trunk | CarMax
  • 79.5 cubic feet

Towing Capacity:

  • Standard 2020 Nissan Pathfinder towing capacity is an estimated 6,000 lbs. on all 2020 models when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Up to seven
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Backseats | CarMax

Engine Options:

  • All trims include a 3.5L V6 generating 284 hp.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Engine | CarMax

Tech Features:

The following features come standard starting with the base 2020 Nissan Pathfinder:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rear door alert
  • HD/SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Rearview monitor


The Nissan Pathfinder has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Choose your adventure level

While the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is a very practical vehicle, it likewise boasts plenty of standard features for you and your passengers to enjoy. And as you move up the trim line, the benefits get better and better. Going from the S trim to S AWD adds hill-descent control, the SV gets you roof rails, and with the SL you can expect a tow hitch receiver with a seven-pin wiring harness. Finally, you arrive at the Rock Creek Edition, a nod to the ruggedness of the Pathfinder heritage which includes a standard trailer tow hitch and harness as well as splash guards. Whether you're camping, transporting, shopping, or road-tripping, you're good to go in the 2020 Pathfinder.

2. Nissan's technology portfolio

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Dashboard | CarMax

With Nissan's 360-degree parking monitor (standard on the SV and Platinum trims), you can select from split-screen close-ups of front, rear, and curbside views, giving you extra confidence when parking. It also gives you an on-screen alert when it detects moving objects near your vehicle. Intelligent cruise control, standard on the SV and up, watches the flow of traffic for you to help keep a set distance between your Pathfinder and the car ahead of you. And if you happen to get too close, the automatic emergency braking activates for you.

3. Rear door alert

Designed by two who also happen to be mothers, the rear door alert combines door sequence logic, an instrument-cluster message display, and multiple honks from the car horn to remind drivers to check the rear seat after parking the vehicle. Starting with the 2018 Pathfinder, this feature is standard across the board. This not only helps remind you about your backseat passengers, but the leftovers you stashed back there on the way home from dinner, a jacket you might have forgotten, or that gallon of milk from the store, too.

4. Impressive towing chops

Do you have a boat, camper, or even an equine pal in a horse trailer? Active lifestyles require a vehicle that can keep up, and the Pathfinder stands at the ready. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder can tow an estimated 6,000 lbs. on any trim with the V6 engine when properly equipped.3

5. All of the interior touches you crave

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The quiet and refined cabin of a 2020 Nissan Pathfinder belies the adventurous spirit underneath, giving you much-needed rest from the chaos of everyday life. Grab your friends and fill up your Pathfinder all the way to the easy-to-access third row and you'll find you're still able to carry a discussion from the driver seat to the rear. Or, even if you're driving solo, you can sit back and enjoy some of your favorite tunes from the Platinum trim's premium Bose audio system.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Third Row | CarMax

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

S: Includes sliding/reclining second-row seat, Bluetooth, eight-inch touchscreen, six-speaker sound system with CD, HD radio, and satellite radio, USB port and USB-C port (one of each in the front and back), and reverse parking sensors.

SV: Adds roof rails, adaptive cruise control, power-adjustable driver seat, blind-spot warning, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

SL: Even more luxury touches are included, like leather upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, heated front and rear seats, and a navigation system.

Platinum: This trim boasts some of the most premium touches, including a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, premium Bose audio system, and ventilated front seats. As an option, you can also add a rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch displays.

Available Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Caspian Blue Metallic
  • Glacier White (S, SV, SL)
  • Gun Metallic
  • Magnetic Black Pearl
  • Midnight Pine Metallic (SV and above)
  • Mocha Almond Pearl (SL and above)
  • Pearl White Tricoat (SV and above)
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat (SV and above)


  • Cargo space is 79.5 cubic feet
  • Three rows and seven seats
  • Infotainment: Bluetooth, eight-inch touchscreen, six-speaker sound system with CD, HD radio, and satellite radio, and four USB ports (two Type A and two Type C)
  • 10 cup holders and six bottle holders

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Nissan Pathfinder:

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $20,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $23,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $25,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

  • 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
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Safety and Reliability

Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the Nissan Pathfinder:4

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Nissan Pathfinders with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Nissan Pathfinder.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 3.5/5
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance $542

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.3

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder received an overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls.Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles:

If you're interested in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Honda Pilot

This crowd-pleasing three-row SUV is flush with technology and driver-assist features. The perennially practical Honda Pilot is a great choice for anyone seeking a spacious, comfortable interior and an effortless ride. Standard features of the 2019 Honda Pilot include:

  • Active noise cancellation
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Five-inch touchscreen
  • Seven-speaker audio system

Toyota 4Runner

Variety is the name of the game for the 2019 Toyota 4Runner and this three-row SUV offers plenty of options with its TRD Pro trim, which includes new Fox® shock absorbers, a new skid plate and roof rack, a JBL® sound system, and a sunroof. Want to go stealth mode? The Limited Nightshade Edition features a black-out color scheme for 2019 models. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner includes these features and more as standard:

  • Rearview camera
  • Heated mirrors
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Eight-speaker sound system

Hyundai Palisade

Replacing the Hyundai Santa Fe XL model, the brand-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade has three rows and seating for up to eight. With more than ample space, a robust powertrain, and innovative styling in the cabin, the 2020 Palisade is a head-turning and handsome SUV. You'll enjoy the innovative layout inside the cabin as well as the advanced technology while your passengers will enjoy the generous legroom and easy-to-access third row. Standard options on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade include:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Push-button ignition

The Bottom Line

Are you ready for a bold SUV that is able to meet your needs and keep up with your lifestyle? The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is as versatile as it is classy, and with comfortable seats and all the features you're looking for, you'll be smiling every time you get behind the wheel. Looking to learn more? Check out these related articles:

1Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 12/01/2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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