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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Overview (See Available Styles)

This model year marks big changes for the Nissan Pathfinder, which got a complete redesign for 2013 as well as a new type of frame which changes the nature of the SUV.

For 2013, the Pathfinder has moved from a body-on-frame design to a unibody platform. Simply put, the Pathfinder has more car DNA and less truck than before. This shift offers benefits when it comes to ride and fuel economy, but it makes the Pathfinder less rugged and lowers the towing capacity. However these changes should help the Pathfinder appeal to more car buyers, so the reasons Nissan would make this shift are sound.

The 2013 Pathfinder also has a brand new look to it, with more curves and less boxy-ruggedness. The new face dips low in the front and the curves undulate as you move down the sides of the now-crossover. The large front headlamps push all the way up against the front grille and then thin out as you move towards the front fenders. 18-inch aluminum wheels are standard (20-inch wheels available), as is a rear spoiler. A dual-pane panoramic moonroof is optional.

Under the hood, there is one engine option: a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 240 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a standard 2-speed CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, while selectable four-wheel drive is optional. 

The new Pathfinder makes significant fuel economy gains, thanks in part to its new wheelbase but also due to an almost 500 pound diet from last year’s model. Mileage figures are improved by 30% for 2013 and check in at 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (19/25 for 4WD models).

Inside, the 2013 Pathfinder has seating for up to seven passengers across three rows. Nissan cites best in class passenger volume and a class exclusive reclining third-row among the comfort features you’ll find in the redesigned Pathfinder. Also of note is the second-row “EZ Flex” seating system, which allows the second row to slide forward and back for easier entry to the third row even if a car seat is installed. The standard features list has swollen and now includes push-button start, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, and a six-CD stereo with auxiliary audio input. There are also plenty of available upgrades, including heated and cooled front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a backseat entertainment system with two 7-inch screens (one in each front headrest), and a touch-screen navigation system.

When it comes to safety, there’s also plenty to like about the 2013 Pathfinder, which has antilock brakes, front side-impact and three-row side curtain airbags, and an electronic stability system standard. Also standard is the Easy-Fill tire alert system, which honks the horn when the tires have been inflated to the correct pressure. Rear parking sensors and a backup camera are optional, but the star of the show is Nissan’s Around View Monitor technology which uses cameras to display an overhead view of the Pathfinder which makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 19 - 20 MPG
  • Highway: 25 - 26 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: ****
  • Frontal Crash: ****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

57 of 85 (67%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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