A Closer Look at The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition SUV is as rugged as the name suggests. Plus, it provides everything you love about the Pathfinder but at a much more affordable price. Before we get deeper into the subject, we must ask a promise of you. We know that Rock Creek is an interesting name. Doesn’t it bring to mind the local 70s era light rock cover band? Well, forget it. Instead, we want you to focus on the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition. Nissan conceived this vehicle to connect the dots between the Pathfinder and its outdoorsy and adventurous consumers. This vehicle provides drivers with a ton of special features and aesthetic appeal for a bargain-basement price.

An Overview

The Rock Creek model isn’t available for all Pathfinders. It’s only in the mid-level SV and SL trims. In addition, this new Pathfinder is available in 7 colors. But, no information on what they are. It is, however, important to note that the presentation model was a unique shade of green. In fact, it was just like the midnight Pine metallic option on the regular Pathfinder SL. With this in consideration, color options will most likely be the standard black, gray, and white we expect in vehicles. For those looking to get a little fancy, paint options may include Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, Caspian Blue Metallic, and Mocha Almond Pearl.

No matter which color or trim you pick, some things are just standard. For instance, the Rock Creek offers 18-inch wheels covered by all season tires and a blackout trim package. This color blocking is on the license plate holder, front and rear fascia elements, grille, rearview mirrors, roof rails, and door handles. As further icing on the cake, every vehicle comes with a standard trailer hitch complete with a wiring harness and splash guards to make sure you can tow virtually anything. As long as it’s less than 6,000 pounds. This means the Pathfinder makes it easy for you to tow campers, flatbeds, and small boats. What more could an adventurer ask for?

And this isn’t just wind up your skirt either. The Pathfinder can tow approximately 1000 more pounds than both the Subaru Ascent and the Honda Pilot. It can tow up to 700 lb more than the newest Ford Explorer as well.

The Interior

Because of the price tag on this vehicle, the interior isn’t what we would consider amazing. But, it looks good. One of its best features is the 2 toned design used for the interior treatment. This design makes the contrast stitching on the steering wheel, seats, console, and doors stand out. To bring everything together, the Rock Creek also features metallic trim boots and badges. This gives a premium appearance to the interior.

Power to the Engine

The powertrain is the same one that Pathfinder fans know and love. The Rock Creek Edition gets the same 284 horsepower, 3.5 L direct-injected V6, and Xtronic’s continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that we expect in this model.

Getting Down to the Money

The Rock Creek package is surprisingly affordable. In fact, it only adds about $1,000 to the bottom line of both the SL and SV trims. To put this into perspective, the current manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this SUV is a little over $35,000 for the front wheel drive SV and $38,000 for the same in the SL. If you want an all-wheel-drive, add $1,600 to the sticker price. For this amazing price, it’s possible to add more features to Nissan’s new Pathfinder without going outside your budget. For instance, the SV Rock Creek technology package is only $1,000 more. For this price, you get a heated steering wheel, cloth front seats, and outside rearview mirrors. You are also privy to the NissanConnect which comes in handy in traffic and for navigation.

If you are interested in getting something extra in the SL trim, consider the Rock Creek Edition premium package for approximately $2,000. Its power panoramic sunroof, Bose 13-speaker audio, and other features will turn your typical driving experience into one of luxury and decadence.

The Bottom Line

With the new Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, drivers are truly getting more for Less. When the low-cost packages are thrown into the mix, it’s easy to see why this vehicle is already on the top of many car shopping lists.


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