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Trail-Ready Thrills: Navigating the Outdoors with the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Trail-Ready Thrills: Navigating the Outdoors with the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

Words & Photos by Staff

Way way back in 2019, Nissan started preparing the all-new Pathfinder. To give it an edge as a capable off-roader, they added a new trim level called Rock Creek that dressed the Pathfinder for some fun in the dirt. Nissan’s goal for the Pathfinder Rock Creek was to be a rugged, outdoorsy alternative to the mall cruisers the automaker had been selling since 2012. 

The latest-generation 2023 Nissan Pathfinder was already leaps and bounds better than the older model it replaced. Rather than simply applying extra cladding and off-road wheels (which they did), the new Pathfinder Rock Creek sports trim-specific front and rear fascias, a beefier roof rack, much better all-terrain tires, and off-road suspension. Overall, this new trim feels very well thought out.

Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

First impressions are crucial, and the new Pathfinder makes a strong case as a bruiser in the ruff. The Solid Green paint, standard contrasting roof, and amplified cladding around the bottom, combined with more aggressive all-terrain tires and beadlock-look wheels, present a valid choice for consumers in this segment. Other Rock Creek touches include front and rear fascias, which help this package stand out from the run-of-the-mill Pathfinders. Inside, orange contrast stitching matches the Rock Creek stitching on the backrests.

 

With the suspension professionally tweaked by NIssan’s best, much more rugged tires and a roof rack all signal possible sacrifices to interior comfort, but they rarely materialize. The ride quality is just as good as the standard model, too. Nissan struck a lovely balance in upgrading the Pathfinder to the Rock Creek.

 

This new Pathfinder Rock Creek arguably feels like the most capable vehicle in the segment. Unsurprisingly, the Nissan engineers did well packing the Pathfinder Rock Creek with the most robust array of off-road equipment.

Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek

Upfitting & Upgrades

As you read through these new vehicle reviews, we will also supply key, highly suggested, and popular parts and components to make the factory vehicles even better and make them “yours.” So, read more about the parts available for the new Pathfinder Rock Creek.

The first upgrade most people run towards after securing their new/pre-owned vehicles is a set of wheels and tires. These can transform any “factory” vehicle into your personalized ride. The original tire size for the Pathfinder Rock Creek is 265/6018 SL.

*A Plus 1 (+1)’’ Upgrade: These tire sizes do not fit the original wheel diameter of your vehicle and require a custom wheel size. Typically near 255/55R19, but before ordering anything, be sure the parts fit the correct applications.

*A Plus 2 (+2)’’ Upgrade: 255/55 R20 suggested tire size. These tire sizes do not fit the original wheel diameter of your vehicle and require a custom wheel size of 19” or 20”.

*Auxiliary Lighting

So stay tuned for more features from today’s best new vehicles.

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