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Nissan's Newest Upgrades to the 2013 Pathfinder Are Put to the Test
Test drivers weigh in on the complete redesign of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.
"For those who may have written-off the Pathfinder, or SUVs in general, it's now worth a second look," says Richard Cazeau of Auto Guide. "The folks at Nissan might not be willing to call it a comeback, but that’s just what this SUV-turned-crossover is poised to be."
It's roomy, smooth and almost sporty, due to quick steering and modest body lean in corners. It's quiet, soaks up bad pavement pretty well and is tastefully appointed inside. Second-row seats tip and slide, even when a child seat is strapped in, to provide a wide aisle to the third row. The second row slides forward and back, providing stunning legroom when fully rearward.
The new Pathfinder, which went on sale in October, is also a remarkable engineering achievement in weight reduction. Roughly 4.5 inches wider and about that much longer than the previous Pathfinder, the new one is some 500 pounds lighter, Nissan says.
It's based on the same platform architecture as the Altima, Murano and Quest, but its nearest relative is the Infiniti JX35. The same platform as the Infiniti JX crossover, the Pathfinder also shares the same 3.5L V6 engine, matched with Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to deliver 260-horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. With the dramatic weight loss and introduction of that CVT, fuel numbers have improved 30-percent from last year’s model ranging from 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway (22-mpg combined) for the 2WD models to 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway (21 mpg combined) for 4WD versions.
SOURCES USA TODAY, Edmunds, Auto Guide
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Page Updated Last on: Jan 17, 2013