2020 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK (car review)

NISSAN has introduced a special edition to its garage that is loaded with extra goodies; queue the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK. It adds plenty of sporty goodness, both inside and out.

Featuring special edition black fender flares, black exterior door handles, black roof rails, and black door mirror caps (yes, black accents make everything look a bit more special), the Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK doesn’t look plain Jane.

It comes with leather seats, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system. The latter sounds great, and makes for a chill driving experience, along with a panoramic glass sunroof designed to let in loads of natural light.

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It gives a real open feeling to the cabin, turning the feeling up spaciousness up to 10. Sadly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still missing from this limited edition Pathfinder, but we do expect that’s being resolved in the next model.

What you do get though is voice activation, Bluetooth audio streaming, and an MP3/CD player. Front and rear 12-volt power outlet/sockets and AUX/USB ports will assist in keeping power on tap, especially for those iPads in the back seat.

4WD functionality is controlled from the centre console, making it easy to access when the terrain gets tough, but the Pathfinder is ready for it. The drive-assist display is simple to operate and gives you key readouts like tyre pressures and 4WD torque distribution.

Safety is paramount too for Nissan, loading the Pathfinder with an array of tech to keep you and your family safe on and off the road. Intelligent emergency braking with forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors all feature.

There’s a 360-degree view camera, a rear-view camera, rear cross traffic alert and cruise control, as well as six airbags, including full-length curtain bags in the very rear seats, which have seen the Pathfinder grab 5-stars in the ANCAP safety test.

With seven seats across the range, family and friends alike can be accommodated in the Pathfinder. There are plenty of anchor points, and child proof door locks in the rear to ensure that little playing hands aren’t at risk of the doors opening in motion.

These hands will also have access to cup holders in the rear middle console. There are a whopping 10 places to store drinks or bottles in the Pathfinder. Nissan also offer other practical accessories for your vehicle.

A cargo barrier, boot storage compartment and an alloy nudge bar are a sample of the items that can be purchased as optional extras. But it’s what’s under the hood that’s just as important as the interior in the ST-L N-TREK.

The Pathfinder boasts a 3.5-litre V6 engines cranking out 202kW and 340Nm. All this grunt will hurtle the seven occupants down the road with ease. If your looking to tow, there’s a 2700kg braked towing capacity as well.

Fuel economy is a claimed at 10.1-litres/100km. The Pathfinder drives well, it’s light and nimble under foot, despite being a large SUV. Corners are met with ease, and body roll is minimal.

Nissan have done a bang-up job making the Pathfinder better than ever, and there’s no denying it’s well rounded, and meets the needs of Australian families, no matter where you take it, or what you ask it to do.

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK is priced from $60,436 (drive away), and is available in Redstone, Brilliant Silver, Diamond Black, Gun Metallic, Caspian Blue and Ivory Pearl (as tested).

It comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty as standard, along with capped price servicing and 7-years roadside assist.

Our test vehicle was provided by Nissan Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK, contact your local Nissan dealer.


Driving experience
Exterior styling
Interior look and feel
Technology and connectivity
Family friendliness
Value for money


Pros - big cargo space; N-TREK package; easy to drive; 4WD capability.
Cons - no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; fuel consumption.
Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray grew up at a time when owning a Holden Gemini was a thing. Her first car was a VN Commodore and she has been known to take to Germany's autobahn just to dry her hair. She's a little bit crazy about cars, but in a good way, we promise.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> big cargo space; N-TREK package; easy to drive; 4WD capability.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; fuel consumption.2020 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L N-TREK (car review)