2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review and Road Test
Alex L. Dykes takes a spin in the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV. We
look at Nissan's latest CVT transmission, talk AWD systems, fuel economy,
all 7 seats and take it out on the road.
Music by Kevin MacLeod
All-New 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
All-New 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
- 500-pound weight reduction from 2012 Pathfinder, aerodynamic design, new
powertrain delivers 30 percent fuel economy improvement over last
- Best-in-class city, highway and combined fuel economy of 20/26//22 MPG*
- Most interior passenger volume, front headroom and legroom in class**
- Highest standard towing capacity in class
2013 Nissan Pathfinder in Details
Nissan unleashed the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV, a complete makeover
featuring a sleek, aerodynamically styled exterior, a premium interior,
class-exclusive user-friendly technology and a new unibody platform and
advanced drivetrain that helps it achieve best-in-class fuel economy while
maintaining class-lead towing and off-pavement capabilities.
All 2013 Pathfinders come equipped with an advanced 3.5-liter DOHC V6
engine matched with a next-generation Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable
Transmission). The engine is rated at 260-horsepower at 6,400 rpm and
240 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. It is also the only vehicle in class with
selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes for the available intuitive ALL-MODE
4x4-i system. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in 4x4 and 4x2
drive configurations and in four models -- S, SV, SL and Platinum.
Truck-based SUV sales peaked in the mid-2000s and have declined steadily as
consumer demands shifted to more refined, fuel efficient crossover SUVs.
The 2013 Pathfinder is built with unibody construction, vastly reducing its
weight by eliminating the fuel-penalizing mass of a traditional SUV's
truck-based frame. In addition to making the Pathfinder a lighter vehicle,
the new unibody chassis design increases Pathfinder's structural rigidity
over the previous model. This improves ride and handling, while reducing
overall noise, vibration and harshness, delivering an outstanding mix of
responsiveness, refinement and ride comfort.
Moving upscale in appearance, the new exterior styling presents a smart
fusion of signature Nissan styling cues and dynamic strength. The look is
adventure-ready with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong, stable
The upper body features an open cabin with a low beltline and thin A- and
D-pillars, which flow smoothly into the rugged, durable-looking lower body.
Pathfinder's design incorporates front and rear spoilers, rear tire
deflectors and rear suspension fairings to help achieve what is expected to
be among the best aerodynamic performances in the segment. Other exterior
details include a wide chrome grille and large aerodynamic headlights,
recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles and large rear
A panoramic dual-panel moonroof, with sliding opening front panel and fixed
rear glass panel which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows, combines with the
large windows to create an open, airy interior environment.
Pathfinder's all-new interior design features versatile and comfortable
seating as well as premium materials and advanced technology. The vehicle
seats seven passengers comfortably, and is best-in-class in terms of front
headroom, front leg room and overall passenger volume. Additionally,
Pathfinder is now the only vehicle in the segment with a 3rd row seat
The new Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, located in the center of the
instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, features a
4-inch color display that is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key
information right in front of the driver. A separate touch-screen monitor,
mounted in the middle of the instrument panel, provides intuitive
interaction and control of the available navigation system and other
vehicle systems and settings.
PRICING AND ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Pricing on all models will be announced closer to the fall on-sale date.
Additional information is available at
2013 Nissan Pathfinder INTERIOR: Seats
As previewed in the Pathfinder Concept, one of the biggest changes to the
upcoming Pathfinder design is the return to a unibody platform (also
utilized on the second generation Pathfinder), which offers numerous
benefits including a flat floor for enhanced interior packaging
Starting with a look at its premium features, the Pathfinder Concept's
quiet, comfortable interior includes rich leather-appointed seating
surfaces, heated and cooled front seats, heated 2nd row seats, heated
steering wheel, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan
Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start and multiple user memory
settings, and an advanced Bose® Audio System with 13 speakers.
The Pathfinder Concept's unique versatility comes to life in the design of
the 2nd and 3rd rows. In addition to what is expected to be among the
roomiest 2nd rows in its class, it also features exceptional 3rd row access
-- thanks to large rear door openings, 5.5 inches of 2nd row seat travel,
and forward folding seat design for ease of entry and exit to the 3rd row.
The 60/40-split 2nd row features an innovative "child seat mode" allowing
forward movement and access to the 3rdrow with a child safety seat
remaining securely in place (on the 40 percent split-fold side).
"One of the dilemmas facing families with both young children and
infants/toddlers is getting the older kids in the 3rd row without having to
remove a child seat mounted in the 2nd row. This innovative design solves
that issue," explained Castignetti. "Plus, with the extensive 2nd row seat
travel, it's easy to adjust legroom or accommodate cargo spontaneously as
The 3rd row seat is a 50/50 split folding design, offering added cargo
flexibility, and it also reclines for greater passenger comfort. Both the
2nd row and 3rd row seats fold flat for optimal cargo capacity and there is
additional under floor storage in the rear cargo area.
Thoughtful technology is also found throughout the Pathfinder Concept
interior, starting with the instrument panel, which includes an advanced
drive-assist display directly in front of the driver -- along with a large
multifunction IT display in the center of the dash, Nissan Navigation
System with real-time traffic and weather information and Zagat Survey®
restaurant guide, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and RearView Monitor.
The Pathfinder Concept also features Nissan's advanced Around View™
Monitor, which shows the driver a virtual 360-degree image of the area
around the vehicle. Other technology includes a tri-zone climate control
system, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, power rear liftgate, iPod®
integration, and tri-zone entertainment system with 2nd row
headrest-mounted DVD display screens. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) includes an individual tire pressure display and EasyFill Tire
Assist -- similar to that introduced on the Nissan Quest --that provides
both visual and audible signals to help owners conveniently maintain
correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge. A remote engine start
function allows the climate control system to warm up or cool down the
interior prior to driving.
2012 Nissan Pathfinder Silver - Exterior and Interior at 2012 New York Auto Show
2012 Nissan Pathfinder Silver - Exterior and Interior at 2012 New York
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive from Consumer Reports
Totally redesigned for 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder abandons its truck-based
platform, becoming more refined and economical in the process. See how the
Nissan Pathfinder stacks up against other midsized SUVs:
Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota 4Runner mudding
Here's a video of more mudding from the Pathfinder:
Just a mud filled day with a Jeep Commander, Volkswagen Toureg, Nissan
Pathfinder, and Toyota 4Runner.
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