I have spent a lot of time with the eight-seater 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti with my family and it makes a fantastic BabyDrive! You can read about our adventures and its off-road ability here. Otherwise, let's dive straight in and put it through our BabyDrive testing to see how it fairs as an everyday family car…
The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is available as either a seven or eight-seater. I have the eight-seater here with bench seats in both rear rows.
In the second-row seats of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti, there are ISOFix in the outer two seats AND a single ISOFix in the central seat. This doesn't allow you to install three ISOFix seats across but it does give you flexibility for where you position one or two ISOFix child seats.
There are top tether anchorages for all three second-row seats, they are clearly labelled in the back of the seat backs.
In the third-row seats of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti there are ISOFix and top tether anchorage for the left-hand seat only.
This allowed me to install four Infasecure child seats in the back of the eight-seater 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti. In the second row I installed the Infasecure Attain More and Achieve More and the Infasecure versatile folding booster seat in the centre.
In the third-row seats I installed the Infasecure Aspire More using the top tether anchorage and I also put the Versatile Folding Booster seat back there as it does not require a top tether anchorage.
When it comes to legroom the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is very good. We found we could fit a 180cm passenger in front of a rear-facing Infasecure Achieve More child seat with a 180cm adult in the third row too.
Third-row access is very good in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti. There is a press-button mechanism for you to bring the second-row seat forward with a child seat installed if you use the ISOFix, not the seatbelt. Giving you a nice clear walk-through to the third-row seats.
The Pathfinder's doors open really nice and wide giving you great access in and out for passengers and when installing child seats.
There are built-in window blinds in the rear doors of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti model I am testing. I love these as they shelter the rear passengers from the sun while driving and take the stress away on journeys when you suddenly find your little one in the sun and you are wondering what towel or jumper you can trap in the rear door or window to shade them!
Also, the rear windows in this model I'm testing are very tinted. I found this fantastic not only for keeping the kids shaded but for keeping the interior of the car cool and for making it hard for other people to see in when we had our camping gear in the back when we were on holiday.
The bottom of the doors in this Ti model have a plastic guard that wraps around them. I found that this stops the sand and dirt from getting inside the doors when you drive off-road and stops it from getting on your trousers when you get in and out of the car.
When it comes to practical storage for passengers on board the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti is very good in all three rows. In the third row, it has double cup holders on both sides so passengers are well catered for.
Second-row passengers have an abundance of well-designed storage with double cup holders in the arms of the doors. These have to be my favourite of all! They can hold your kids' drink and a snack and they can reach them while you are driving so you are not having to pass things back all the time. there are also very generous door bins and storage in the little handle wells too.
Storage is awesome in the front too, the bridge central console finally gives you somewhere to put your handbag rather than the passenger's footwell!
Central console, glove box and door bins are all generous in size and really practical for everyday family life in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti and the shelf on the dash is handy for the passenger's phone.
Storage in the boot remains really practical for families. The previous generation Nissan Pathfinder had the biggest boot for families of the seven-seaters I tested at the time. I'm pleased to say the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is even better! When using all seven or eight seats the boot will hold eight shopping bags. That's comparable to the Hyundai Palisade and the Toyota Kluger which also hold eight, the Mazda CX-9 will hold six shopping bags and the Kia Carnival will hold ten shopping bags.
A double side-by-side pram will fit in the boot of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti when using all eight seats with three bags of shopping, which is pretty epic for large families.
If you are only planning on using the first two rows of seats the boot is enormous in the Nissan Pathfinder. It will hold 22 shopping bags, which is the same as the new Hyundai Palisade, three more than the Toyota Kluger, and five more than the Mazda CX-9 but still four bags less than the Kia Carnival which holds 26 shopping bags.
A twin or double pram will easily fit in the boor of the Nissan Pathfinder with thirteen bags of shopping around it.
You can easily fit your large family dog in the boot when using two rows of seats or a small dog will be comfortable in the boot when using all three rows of seats in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti.
We found the large underfloor plastic storage area really helpful when we used it with our family and found both our girls' scooters fitted in there – and more – when we went on holiday.
We also found the seats and boot of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti really flexible for our family of four. The rear seats are split 60:40 and we found by putting the 40% down in both rear rows we could still seat our family of five and get all our camping gear or Paddleboards in which is great news for active families.
There are aircon vents in all three rows of the Nissan Pathfinder which is excellent news for all onboard, keeping everyone nice and comfortable in the rear two rows with ceiling vents.
Thankfully these can be controlled from the front dashboard just below the front air vents. This is great for parents with little ones in the back who aren't big enough to control their own climate, or siblings who fight and squabble over it!!
There also controls in the back of the central console box for those with bigger kids or adults riding in the back.
The media system in the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti has Apple CarPlay, which is great. The screen is nice and large. The media system is modern and easy to use and navigate.
The cameras are excellent in the Nissan Pathfinder, with lovely clear images and multiple angles to view from.
The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder has scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard: Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting airbags (all three rows) are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard.
There are seat belt removal reminders in all rear seats with a great visual on the driver display screen.
The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Ti is a great large SUV to drive. It doesn't have that lethargic, lolloping feeling that a lot of them have and despite trying my best driving up and down a mountain no one got travel sick in the back! We really tested the Pathfinder with eight passengers onboard doing some off-roading on the beach and it coped really well with the challenge and I'm glad to say without getting bogged! You can read more about that here.