2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review
The fully redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder offers great fuel economy, and test drivers like its intuitive interior features and comfortable ride..
The redesigned Pathfinder ditches its truck-based platform in favor of a more refined unibody chassis for 2013, and reviewers are pleased with the update. While some complain about the loss of the outgoing model’s off-road capability, nearly all welcome the new model’s comfortable ride and composed handling. They are also pleased with its V6 engine and continuously variable transmission. The Pathfinder’s fuel economy, at an EPA-estimated 20/6 mpg city/highway, is also very good for the class.
Test drivers also are pleased with the new Pathfinder’s cabin as well. They say its interior uses high-quality materials and has a pleasing design. Critics report that the seats are mostly comfortable, though some say the third row is a bit cramped, which is a typical complaint for the class. However, they like the Pathfinder’s innovative middle seat, which allows much easier access to the third row than many rivals. The Pathfinder is competitively equipped, with standard features like tri-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo. Features like leather seats, heated front- and middle-row seats, Bluetooth, navigation and a Bose stereo are optional. Critics also like that the Pathfinder’s infotainment/navigation system is fairly easy to learn, which isn’t always the case with competitors.
- "The new Nissan Pathfinder trades off-road brawn for on-road comfort. This big change is complemented by a stylish, welcoming cabin and top fuel economy ratings, making the revised Pathfinder a solid choice for a midsize or large crossover SUV." -- Edmunds
- "Rather than stand out in one or two areas while compromising performance in others, the 2013 Pathfinder does nearly everything well. Nissan realized that most SUV buyers will be finding paths much less often than they'll be finding parking, and has adjusted this vehicle's ethos accordingly. It's not the Pathfinder of yore, and that's just fine." -- The Los Angeles Times
- "By offering a well-appointed cabin, lots of functionality and decent driving dynamics wrapped in a sleek (well, sleeker) new wrapper, we don't see how this new Pathfinder could be anything less than successful." -- Autoblog
- "The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder boasts handsome styling and a decent, if imperfect, compromise between drivability and fuel efficiency." -- Cars.com
- "We may not be completely sold on the Pathfinder's CVT gearbox, but it's hard to argue with class-leading fuel economy (20/26mpg for FWD and 19/25mpg for AWD models). Throw in a dash of off-road capability, excellent on-road manners and handsome styling and the Pathfinder might just have enough to become the new segment leader." -- Left Lane News
Other SUVs to Consider
The Ford Explorer is one rival that also made the switch from a truck platform to a unibody. Like the Pathfinder, reviewers find that the Explorer made the transition well, and appreciate its comfortable ride and refined road manners. While the Pathfinder gets respectable fuel economy for the class, the Explorer offers a turbocharged four-cylinder engine option that does even better.
If you’re looking for a midsize SUV with the most available cargo space, check out the Chevrolet Traverse. It was refreshed for 2013, and with up to 116.3 cubic feet of available cargo space, it is one of the most spacious offerings in the class. The Traverse can also seat up to eight people, whereas the Pathfinder only has seatbelts for seven.
Details: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The Nissan Pathfinder seats seven and is fully redesigned for 2013. It comes standard with a V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission. Front and all-wheel drive are available. There are six trim levels available: S, SV, SL, SL Premium, Platinum and Platinum Premium. Each trim adds to the Pathfinder’s luxury materials and features.