Taking its Own Rugged Path in the Nissan Pathfinder RockCreek


I thoroughly enjoyed driving the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, a versatile four-wheel-drive SUV that left a lasting impression. Having been a while since my last encounter with a Nissan Pathfinder, the 2024 model showcased a new level of sophistication. With three rows of seating, it proved to be rugged and durable during my explorations around the Washington DC metropolitan area, navigating routes like I-695 and I-495.

The 2024 Pathfinder is all-new from the ground up every inch of the vehicle was carefully designed to convey a sense of strength and capability with a strong front face, wide stance, blister fenders, and a shorter front overhang (versus the previous design).

Designed for those with an active lifestyle, the Pathfinder Rock Creek revealed its prowess with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, delivering an impressive 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, it provided a seamless and exciting driving experience.

The interior of the Pathfinder has distinctive Rock Creek badging. It stood out, offering a wealth of telematics and connected technology. My son and I relished our time in this SUV, and even a college friend, who shares a penchant for SUVs, was thoroughly impressed by the interior’s fit, finish, and overall quality.

Equipped with a range of active safety technologies, the Nissan Intelligent Mobility system, with its level two autonomous driving features, demonstrated its effectiveness in detecting objects around the vehicle. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an eight-inch color touchscreen display added to the technological appeal, along with the convenient Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Rock Creek’s off-roading capabilities were evident with its 18-inch wheels, making it an ideal choice for adventures around West Virginia. The thoughtful design, including floor liners and a well-appointed cabin, catered to an active lifestyle, providing ample space for gear and ensuring a comfortable experience.

With a base price of $43,630, the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek delivered exceptional value. The delivered price, including additional features, came out to $45,305. For more information visit www.nissan.com.