2013 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood family friendly, roomy
BadBadcontinuously variable transmission
SpecsSpecs3.5L V6, 260 hp @ 6400rpm , 240 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm, Optional 2WD and 4WD, CVT
PricePriceUS$ 31,000 - US$ 46,800 as informed by Nissan dealer in Dubai, UAE
RatingEditors Rating Three Star
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Front

With that design it is probably time for to ditch the name ‘Pathfinder’

Perhaps, Pathfinder is not the most suited name for the 4th generation of Nissan’s . Since its introduction in 1986, the ’s evolution has seen several course changes – from body on frame construction to unibody type built. Almost as if, Nissan was trying to figure out whether to make the Pathfinder a true Pathfinder in terms of its ruggedness and off-road capabilities of to succumb to the soft-roader positioning.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Rear

Not much to say about the typical crossover styling really.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is a step away from ruggedness and off road capabilities and built around values of comfort, utility and roominess. Clearly a big step away from the previous generation Nissan Pathfinder, the new Pathfinder sits on the same front wheel drive architecture as the Nissan Altima sedan and the new Infiniti JX crossover.

Key changes from the previous generation Nissan Pathfinder are:

  • Lighter: the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is 300-500 pounds lighter depending on trim levels
  • Bigger: the new Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer, width expands by 4.4 inches and overall length stretches 4.6 inches
  • Shorter: height reduces by 2.6 inches mainly due to the fact that the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is closer to a car, therefore lower, than a rugged SUV.
  • A new 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a continuously variable transmission replaces the older 4.0-liter V6 workhorse that was paired to a five-speed automatic
  • Designed to seat seven persons in three rows
  • 2WD and 4WD options
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Interior 2

Easy to access 3rd row seats

Launched in the Middle East earlier in the year, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is sold in 4 trim levels with showroom price in the range of US$ 31,000 to US$ 46,800 depending on the trim chosen. The prices tend to vary a bit depending on any ongoing promotions at the time and they are usually a bit less for corporate buyers. Needless to say, check current prices with your local dealer.

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