2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

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On the road for over 25 years, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is a well-known SUV, and for the launch of the latest model, Nissan has completely redesigned it. For many years, the Nissan Pathfinder was built for off-road capabilities to the detriment of comfort, but with the launch of this new model, that design concept has been flipped on its head.

From the ground up, starting with a new body construction method, the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has transitioned into a passenger-comfort design. Previous models were built on a truck frame, but the 2013 uses a uni-body design, as found in crossover SUVs. The change in platform has lead to increased comfort for all three rows of passengers, as well as improved performance and gas mileage due to a decrease of 500 pounds over the previous model.

New For 2013

On the road for over 25 years, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is a well-known SUV, and for the launch of the latest model, Nissan has completely redesigned it. For many years, the Nissan Pathfinder was built for off-road capabilities to the detriment of comfort, but with the launch of this new model, that design concept has been flipped on its head.

From the ground up, starting with a new body construction method, the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has transitioned into a passenger-comfort design. Previous models were built on a truck frame, but the 2013 uses a uni-body design, as found in crossover SUVs. The change in platform has lead to increased comfort for all three rows of passengers, as well as improved performance and gas mileage due to a decrease of 500 pounds over the previous model.

Exterior

As well as being built using unitized body construction on the same platform as the new Infiniti JX35 luxury crossover, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has a redesigned exterior giving it a lot smoother lines and a more wagon-like appearance by getting rid of all the harsh angles of the previous models. The front has been tapered and the front grille is new to make the SUV more aerodynamic and further improve gas mileage. The height of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has also been reduced to help with performance and fuel economy.

There are four different trim levels to choose from for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which are the S base, SV, SL, and Platinum. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard for the S, SV, and SL, while the Platinum comes equipped with 20-inch wheels. Fog lights, roof racks, a power rear liftgate, and a towing package are available as features in the higher trim lines, while a power sunroof is an option for all models.

Interior & Cargo

With the use of the new platform, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has increased the room available for all three rows of seating. With seating for up to seven passengers, the use of Nissan’s EZ Flex seating system allows for many different configurations. The second row of seats can slide up to five inches back and forth, and each seat can be folded individually. All seats in the second and third row recline to improve comfort, and can be folded flat to increase cargo capacity. The second row can slide and tilt forward even with a child seat attached.

Many features are included as standard for all models of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, with the Platinum trim level being almost on par with the Infiniti luxury crossover SUV. Features found in all models include a push button start, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery (leather in the SL and Platinum), and a six-speaker sound system. Heated mirrors, heated front and rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and a power driver’s seat are available.

Safety

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder comes equipped with the following standard safety equipment: anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability system, traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side-curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. Rear-parking sensors and a rearview camera are available as options or included with higher trim lines.

Driving Experience

Under the hood, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder uses a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that provides 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. This is coupled with a continuously variable transmission and front drive. An all-wheel-drive system is available as an option.

The use of the new platform and design construction has provided a significantly reduced weight, as well as a wider stance and lower profile for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Drivers find that the SUV has a more stable feel and body roll has been decreased compared to previous models. Acceleration can be slow from a start, but good when at speed, and the ride is quiet and smooth over most road surfaces. The EPA ratings of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder have improved to 20/26 mpg city/highway for the front-drive vehicles and 19/25 mpg city/highway for those with all-wheel drive.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

  • Ford Flex
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Honda Pilot
  • Dodge Durango

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