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Used Car: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Review Last Updated: 9/30/14

Test drivers said the redesigned-for-2013 Nissan Pathfinder is sluggish from a stop and has numb steering, and it has a low reliability rating for the class. It gets better fuel economy than many of its rivals though.

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Although some reviewers remarked that the 2013 Pathfinder feels lazy from a stop, most agreed that its V6 engine provides decent power once underway. An automatic transmission (CVT) is standard, and most test drivers said it works smoothly. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway, which is better than many rivals' fuel economy estimates. Auto writers remarked that the Pathfinder has a comfortable, car-like ride and exhibits minimal body lean while cornering. A few critics said that the brakes are strong but the steering offers very little feedback.

Test drivers reported that the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has an upscale and attractive cabin built with soft-touch materials. Reviewers observed that the middle row’s seats slide forward even when a child safety seat is installed, and that accessing the third row is easy. Several reviewers added that the third row has adult-friendly space. The 2013 Pathfinder has up to 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a bit lower than what many in the class offer. There are few notable standard features. A rearview camera, proximity key, rear parking sensors, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, leather seats and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle when parking, are available. Reviewers found the Around View Monitor useful when parking and most reported that the climate and infotainment controls are intuitive.

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers were impressed with the 2013 Ford Flex's quick acceleration on models with the available turbocharged V6 engine and added that it has a pleasant ride and composed handling. They also remarked that the Flex has a spacious third row of seats.

The 2013 Dodge Durango earned praised for its powerful available V8 engine, as well as its nimble handling and responsive steering. Reviewers also said the Durango's cabin has an attractive design and first-rate materials.

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