What’s the Difference Between the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL vs. Platinum?

2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL vs 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

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The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL offers a refined balance of luxury and practicality with features like leather-appointed seats and advanced safety technology. In contrast, the Platinum model elevates the experience with premium amenities such as a panoramic moonroof, semi-aniline leather seating, and a sophisticated 13-speaker Bose® audio system, setting a new standard for comfort and sophistication in the SUV segment. Learn more to see how these models compare.

2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL

$41,420 – $43,320*

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20/27 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**




Horsepower, 3.5-Liter V-6 Engine

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum

$47,970 – $49,870*

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20/27 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**




Horsepower, 3.5-Liter V-6 Engine

Nissan Pathfinder Performance Features

Performance Features

Nissan adds its signature DIG technology to the V-6 engine block under the hood of the 2023 Pathfinder SL and Platinum models. Consuming unleaded gas, this six-cylinder powertrain boasts a 284-horsepower rating per SAE guidance. A variable induction system begins combustion in this naturally aspirated powerhouse. Similarly, the iridium-tipped spark plugs fire smoothly on every cycle thanks to management from the Nissan Direct Ignition. Controlled by an electronic drive-by-wire mechanism, the throttle system instantly responds to your demands. The V-6 engine also cranks out slightly under 260 pound-feet of torque when revolving at a rate of 4,800 RPM. Both Nissan SUVs can easily tow 6,000 net pounds as stipulated by the most recent SAE J2807 rules. These three-row models run on the proprietary Intelligent 4×4 drive system, which offers a class-leading total of seven modes. You’ll confidently conquer off-road trails with some leverage from the Sand Mode or Mud/Rut Mode. Each driving mode also adjusts the shifting patterns in the nine-speed automatic transmission system. Optional on the SL and standard on the Platinum, an enhanced cooling system extends the life of the gearbox. Additionally, both Nissan models include standard paddle shifters for controlling the gear settings.

Nissan Pathfinder Interior Amenities

Interior Amenities

A 10-way driver’s seat is installed inside the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL and Platinum. You’ll get a memory system for the driver’s seat and an enhanced 10-way front passenger’s seat for the Platinum. This high-end trim is furnished with genuine semi-aniline leather trimming. By contrast, the SL version comes with cloth upholstery. Both models include standard heating elements in the first-row seats. Some major upgrades to the Platinum include ventilated front seating and heated outboard seating in the middle row. You’ll even get a leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating inside this high-level model. Both Pathfinder SL and Platinum models offer second-row captain’s chairs with a center console for holding cups. In terms of styling, the SL version has the unique Piano Black theme. You’ll love the sophisticated Bronze Metallic trimming and stainless steel kick plates on the Platinum edition.

Nissan Pathfinder Technology Features

Technology Features

You’ll find an 8.0-inch touch screen inside the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder SL. A five-year trial to the NissanConnect Services is integrated into the entry-level multimedia system. You’ll get additional services from the Nissan Pathfinder Platinum’s infotainment console, which has an upgraded 9.0-inch monitor and wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay. SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link trials are also included with the purchase of this high-end SUV. Featuring up to 13 speakers, the Bose audio system entertains everyone inside the Platinum model. Additionally, this luxurious trim has a wireless phone charger, four USB-A ports, and two USB-C ports.

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*Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, and documentary service fee. Dealer sets actual price.

**2023 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG / 27 Highway MPG / 23 Combined MPG for Pathfinder® S, SV, SL, Platinum 2WD. 21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPG / 23 Combined MPG for Pathfinder S, SV 4WD. 20 City MPG / 23 Highway MPG / 21 Combined MPG for Pathfinder Rock Creek®. 20 City MPG / 25 Highway MPG / 22 Combined MPG for Pathfinder SL, Platinum 4WD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.