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2013 Nissan Pathfinder

At a Glance

Pricing $28,650 - $41,150
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 3.5l V6
Transmissions CVT
Fuel Economy 19-20 (city), 25-26 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 48

Overview Information

The long-running Nissan Pathfinder was one of the pioneers of the SUV market. Nissan has reinvented the Pathfinder for the 2013 model year. Like all but the largest SUVs, the Pathfinder is now a FWD-biased crossover with a unibody chassis. With three full-rows of seating the fourth generation Pathfinder is longer and wider than ever before. Compared to similar vehicles, the Pathfinder is smaller than the Chevrolet Traverse, larger than the Honda Pilot and very similar in size to the Ford Explorer. Nissan's 3.5l V6 and CVT transmission are standard on all models. Although the Pathfinder has less power than competitive vehicles, fuel economy is near the top of the class. Nissan offers the Pathfinder in a range of trim levels ranging from around $30,000 to just over $40,000.

What Changed:

The long-running Nissan Pathfinder switches from a RWD/4WD body-on-frame chassis to a FWD/AWD unibody chassis, losing its traditionally angular styling in the process. With three full-rows of seating the fourth generation Pathfinder is longer and wider than before. Although the new model is shorter in height, passenger volume and leg room substantially increase. Nissan's ubiquitous 3.5l V6 engine replaces the 4.0l V6 and 5.6l V8 engines in the prior model. A CVT transmission is standard on all models. With a dramatically lower curb weight and a more fuel efficient engine and transmission, fuel economy improves by 4-7 MPG depending on the model.

Official Word:

Nissan today unleashed the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV, a complete makeover featuring a sleek, aerodynamically styled exterior, a premium interior, class-exclusive user-friendly technology and a new unibody platform and advanced drivetrain that helps it achieve best-in-class fuel economy while maintaining class-lead towing and off-pavement capabilities. The all-new vehicle design sheds 500 pounds of mass compared to the outgoing model yet maintains the Pathfinder's SUV-ruggedness while delivering up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. With...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Pathfinder S 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT FWD 20/26/23 45 $28,650
Pathfinder S 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT AWD 19/25/22 45 $30,250
Pathfinder SV 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT FWD 20/26/23 45 $31,910
Pathfinder SV 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT AWD 19/25/22 45 $33,510
Pathfinder SL 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT FWD 20/26/23 45 $34,850
Pathfinder SL 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT AWD 19/25/22 45 $36,450
Pathfinder Platinum 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT FWD 20/26/23 48 $39,550
Pathfinder Platinum 3.5l V6 (260-bhp) CVT AWD 19/25/22 46 $41,150