Driven: 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Is The New King Of The Hill

Driven: 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Is The New King Of The Hill



Let’s touch on quality for a moment. The RC’s touchpoints all feel at home in this segment (although there’s no official pricing just yet). The wheel feels nice in your hand, and the Rock Creek badging and stitching make things feel special. Nissan also did an excellent job of making the car feel sturdy – we mentioned the quiet ride, but the interior is also free of squeaks and rattles.We don’t mind the leatherette and fabric seats, although we’d have loved full cloth seat with some cool patterning and stitching, too. Sticky, sweaty faux leather is overrated. That aside, clambering back into the third row actually involves very little clambering, though we’d appreciate a more efficient seat-folding mechanism. You could fit a few adults back there, but only for short trips. As with the competition, the third row is more suited to kids. Room in the second row is plentiful, just like it is in the front.Because of the segment the Pathfinder competes in, storage space is an important factor. Thankfully, the RC has plenty to offer. Especially the trunk. The third row can be stowed by pulling the straps, and the second row folds flat as well. We fit a mountain bike with 27.5-inch tires in the back with ease. We even changed out of our MTB gear without issue, using the back as a changing room. Really, the RC is a roof tent away from being a solid weekend toy with daily driver manners.