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The Nissan Pathfinder has been around since 1985. It is currently in its fifth generation and offers a number of modern features and capabilities. For 2023, Nissan has announced its plans to give the Pathfinder more off-road capability. Allowing this SUV to enter a hot and competitive market. Many manufacturers have been giving their SUVs the off-road treatment. Even if these off-road packages really only add cosmetic upgrades. Nissan has dubbed its new off-road package for the 2023 Pathfinder SUV “Rock Creek.” It adds a variety of things to this model, which is likely to create some buzz.

What is the Rock Creek package?

A Nissan Pathfinder sits in the wilderness, it has the Rock Creek trim for off-road ability.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek | Nissan

The Rock Creek package is new for the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder SUV, it adds standard all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, as well as plastic cladding for a more aggressive look. Additionally, this model will come with a slight lift and off-road-tuned suspension. Which should help when it comes to navigating some rugged situations.

That said, don’t expect the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek to go everywhere that a Jeep Wrangler can. But, it is worth noting that this vehicle also comes with a 360-degree camera and an off-road mode. Which does offer more functionality than your standard Pathfinder SUV.

Will the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek package be worth it?

The interior of the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, it has unique badges and orange accents.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Interior | Nissan

A couple of things may make the Rock Creek package worth buying for this SUV. For starters, according to Car and Driver, it does receive additional power. Even though it will use the same 3.5-liter V6 engine, it will benefit from 295 horsepower and 270 pound-foot of torque. This is 11 extra hp and 11 extra lb-ft of torque, which is something that some buyers may appreciate.

The pricing of the Pathfinder Rock Creek has not yet been revealed by Nissan. But, it would make sense if it was a step below the Platinum trim. The Rock Creek will come with second-row captain’s chairs and it will boast leatherette upholstery for more of an upscale feel. Also worth mentioning is that Rock Creek logos will be featured throughout this SUV.

What’s new for the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder?

The rear tailgate of a Nissan Pathfinder, in the background there is a cloudy sky.
2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek | Nissan

The biggest update for the 2023 Pathfinder is the addition of the Rock Creek package. The Pathfinder recently entered its fifth generation, so it makes sense that most changes are minor. If you are shopping for a daily SUV with some off-road chops, the Pathfinder Rock Creek could be the ideal option. 

We do wonder if Nissan may give the power boost of the Rock Creek to other Pathfinder models. It would likely be a solid selling point for upper-level trims to have more hp and torque over the base models. Overall, the 2023 Pathfinder remains a competent and usable SUV. It still features a body-on-frame build and a standard V6 engine, which adds to its charm. Plus, Nissan has been making various driver-assist features standard across the lineup. 

In terms of the Rock Creek package, it is possible that it may find its way to other Nissan models. Even for vehicles that are not designed to handle off-road conditions, packages that add a more rugged design are currently a popular trend. And Nissan may do well to capitalize on that.