Nissan Pathfinder TI-L AWD SUV 2023 Review

Is the Nissan Pathfinder any good

Pathfinder TI-L – I have just spent a week in the all-new Nissan Pathfinder, and I have to say I’m impressed

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L exterior 2First thing you notice is that it is bigger than you realise, both outside and inside.

The top model Ti-L comes with a full shopping list of safety, little luxuries and comfort features.

Front two seats are like a lounge chair, with multiple adjustments available and both heated and cooled.

The middle two seats are equally comfortable and the third row, while ok, are best left to shorter trips for younger passengers.

The model we drove has a clever all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 3.5litre V6 petrol engine. There is no hybrid version though.

Transmission is a smooth nine speed automatic transmission that always seems to be in the right gear.

Economy can be relatively frugal or heavy depending on circumstances.  It will coast easily around town which is a good thing.

Driving the Pathfinder is easy, but the over bonnet view is a little restricted. The internal layout works well and looks impressive.

I can see this being an ideal family SUV that likes to go on snow holidays or tow a smaller boat or caravan.

Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L is priced from $80,277 plus the usual costs.

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L exterior 2


Some Quick Pathfinder TI-L thoughts

  • The first time you sit in the Pathfinder you are impressed by how much room there is inside.
  • Front two seats are particularly comfortable.
  • Flat bottomed steering wheel feels spot on and frames the digital drivers instruments perfectly.
  • Arm rests, footrest etc. all work well.
  • Over bonnet visibility is a little restricted, but it drives much smaller than it is.
  • I would rather manufacturers spend the money on wireless smartphone mirroring and forget about paddle shift levers for all but true sports cars.
  • The TI-L obviously has all the little bling features like reverse tilt foe external mirrors, rain sensing wipers, electric passenger seats, ventilated front seats and more.
  • I wonder how many people actually use sun roofs, nothing against the Pathfinder, just a thought in general.
  • Twin captain middle row seats are opulent, with controls for seat heating, A/C and two different styled USB ports.
  • Third row seats are as you would expect. They are there for limited use and better for shorter occupants. Access is for the skinny, short, or acrobatically inclined.
  • Like most seven seat SUV’s the Pathfinder will spend 99.9% of its time in 5 seat mode I’m guessing.
  • The 3.5L V6 engine is smooth and works well with the 9 Sp AT
  • The combination will allow a lot of run on style cruising around town which helps economy greatly.
  • There is also enough oomph when needed.
  • However, it can get thirsty if driven hard. A hybrid option would fit perfectly.
  • Think of the Pathfinder as a very capable AWD SUV. Its not a true 4WD. Low ground clearance is the major limiting factor.
  • However, as transport for four to the snow it is excellent.
  • Pathfinder will tow 2700kg which is about best in class.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti drive mode 4 pic

What is Good?

  • Extremely comfortable and quiet inside
  • Good road manners
  • Captain chair option

What is not so Good?

  • Petrol can be thirsty.
  • AWD not 4WD
  • No hybrid version

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L profile

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Large Luxury AWD SUVs are popular and expensive. The Pathfinder is on the larger end of the segment.

Buyers could look at  the Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger

Some final thoughts

The all-new Pathfinder was worth the wait.

Think of it more as a capable AWD SUV rather than a true 4WD. It has a sophisticated drive mode select that has different terrain functionality, but the ground clearance will be a limiting factor.

As a family wagon for snow trips its excellent. It will also tow more than almost everything else in the class and that’s handy.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L engine

Nissan Pathfinder


Pathfinder Ti-L MY 2023

Model Price$80,227
Engine3.5 Litre V6 Petrol
Drivetrain9 Speed automatic and 4WD
Power202kW @ 6400rpm
Torque340Nm @ 4800rpm
SafetyFive Star ANCAP
0-100kmh / Top SpeedN/A
CO2 Emissions245 g/km
Economy ADR10.5 l/100km combined cycle
Range (WLTP) / ADR877km
Economy on test12.8L/100k
Servicingcapped price for the first six services
Warranty5-Year Unlimited Kilometre
Roadside Assist 5Yr 24-Hour Roadside Assistance

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L dash

Overall Rating


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose8
AWD / Towing*9 (4/5 AWD – 5/5)
Value for Money8

*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti boot area 4 pic


Overall Length5004mm
Wheels20×8.0 Alloy
Tyres255/50 R20
Max ground clearanceUp to 179mm
Wading DepthTBA
Departure angleTBA
Turning Circle KTK11.8m
Boot Min205Lmm
Boot Max782mm
Kerb Weight2083kg
Payload (kg)667kg
GVM (kg)2750kg
Towing Capacity2700kg
Tow Ball rating270kg

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L 4WD Controls

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