2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L (car review)

Completely redesigned for 2023, the Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L is the pinnacle model in a two vehicle line-up. Sitting above the Ti, it’s big, luxurious and ready to take on whatever you can throw at it.

Aside from riding on 20-inch machine finished alloy wheels, it’s inside where the beefy looking SUV gets the most goodies, over and above its sibling. Among those is a 12.3-inch advanced drive assist digital instrument cluster.

Offered in a 7-seat configuration, the first two rows are quilted leather (row three grabs a synthetic version). That second row are heated captain’s chairs, no less, and can slide, recline and lay down, to suit your needs in terms of load and passenger space.

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Up front, the 12-way driver and 4-way power adjustable pews are heated and ventilated, while an intelligent rear-view mirror and ambient lighting and a panoramic glass roof with a built-in tilt and slide sunroof complete the range-topper’s goodies list.

If that’s not enough, the steering wheel has tilt and telescopic power adjustment, you can remove the second row centre console (and its cup holders), and there are two ISOFIX and tether options in row two, while row three even features one of each.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L

That’s in addition to the 9.0-inch touchscreen display with sat-nav, Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, voice recognition and a kick arse Bose 13-speaker premium sound system with dual subwoofers. There’s a 10.8-inch head-up display too.

The audio experience is exceptionally good, and it’s legitimately hard not to find yourself feeling like you’re at a concert for one (especially if you’ve managed to ditch the family so you can listen to something with some proper punch – like Thunderstruck by AC/DC).

You’ll also find DAB+ digital radio, a wireless charging bay and more ports than you can poke a literal stick at, including one USB-A and one USB-C up front (data and charge), along with USB-A and USB-C ports in the middle row for charging.

Row three grabs a single USB-A and there are two 12V outlets, one up front and one in the boot. Back up front, there are  generous sized coffee cup holders, and tri-zone climate control air conditioning, with its own bank of real switches.

On the outside, you’ll find lots of chrome and silver, plus LED everything, including headlights, tail lights, daytime running lights, fog lights, turn signals and even the high mounted stop light. The second row and rear windows also sport privacy glass.

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Inside the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L

It’s a magnificent looking beast that’s capable both on and off road, with a 2,700kg braked towing capacity and a tonne of interior cargo space. The boot with row three up is 202-litres, or 554-litres with that row down (row two doesn’t lay flat).

There’s a powered tailgate and the mirrors tilt when you’re reversing. The safety tech list is seemingly endless, and included an intelligent around view monitor with moving object detection, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear view camera.

You’ll also find forward collision warning, emergency braking with junction assist, and pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear auto braking and cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and intervention and driver alert.

That’s in addition to lane departure warning, cruise control, trailer sway control, dynamic stability and traction control, a rear seat alert and a bevy of airbags. The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L also has a a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

On the road (and off it) is where the Pathfinder Ti-L comes into its own though, with a tonne of drive modes to suit your every need, including Eco, Sport, and a number of terrain modes for when you get it on the rough stuff, or go completely off road.

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Inside the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L

Under the hood is a 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve direct injection V6 petrol engine, mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox. It generates up to 202kW of power and 340Nm of torque, which is not bad, given its just over 2-tonne kerb weight.

The fuel economy sits at an official 10.5-litres/100km, which is high compared to rivals. We managed 10.9-litres in a controlled economy run to Crookwell (with the family this time, listening to more middle of the road music), but generally around 11.4-litres/100km.

On the black top open road (i.e. the highway), it’s a car that cruises along very nicely, making for a proper comfortable driving experience. Winding roads down the sides of mountains are pretty easy too, despite the Pathfinder’s 2,000kg-plus heft.

Take it dirty and it does a pretty decent job of most gravel and dirt roads, as long as you don’t try and drive it like a rally car (because it isn’t that kind of vehicle). Slow things down and climb some rocky outcrops and the intelligent 4×4 platform does an admirable job.

Hill descent control does a proper job of easing you back down the mountains too. If the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L has a sting in its tail, it’s the price. At just over $80,000 plus on-roads (that’s around $90K drive away), it suddenly becomes an expensive bit of kit.

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Inside the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L

Backed by a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, you can pick one up in Glacier White, Ivory Pearl (black roof option), Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic (black roof option), Super Black, Deep Ocean Pearl, or Scarlet Ember (black roof option).

You can also choose Boulder Grey with a black roof. You can build your own on the Nissan Australia website, or find out more from your local dealership. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Nissan Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
8
Exterior styling
8
Interior look and feel
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Family friendliness
8.75
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - so much space; drives really well on and off road; lots of safety tech.
Cons - properly expensive; loses load space due to captain's chairs; thirsty.
Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> so much space; drives really well on and off road; lots of safety tech.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> properly expensive; loses load space due to captain's chairs; thirsty.2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L (car review)