Nissan Unveils a Leaner, More Efficient Pathfinder

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Nissan unveiled a concept version of its Pathfinder SUV at the 2012 New York International Auto Show last spring, and though it looked production-ready, details were slim — until today. With fresh styling and a new engine, the 2013 Pathfinder sheds some weight and gains some MPGs for the new year.

With the redesign, the Pathfinder trades its truck-like body-on-frame architecture for a unibody platform. Styling also takes a turn with flowing lines and curves replacing the old version's boxy SUV shape.

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Gone are last year's 310-horsepower V-8 and 266-hp, 4.0-liter V-6. The sole engine in the 2013 model is a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. It's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a five-speed automatic. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

Nissan says the 2013 Pathfinder's fuel economy has improved by more than 30% over the V-6 2012 model (EPA rated at 15/22 mpg city/highway), thanks to a more aerodynamic body design, a loss of around 500 pounds, reduced engine friction and its next-generation CVT. The new models are rated at 20/26 mpg (front-wheel drive) and 19/25 mpg (four-wheel drive).

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The Pathfinder will continue to seat seven passengers. New interior features include a dual-panel moonroof that extends to the third row, the Around View Monitor camera system and a flexible seating system that allows you to move the second-row seat forward while a child-safety seat is installed, similar to the Infiniti JX's. Additionally, Nissan says Pathfinder is the only vehicle in the class with a reclining third-row seat.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be manufactured at Nissan's Smyrna assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's fall on-sale date.

Research the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show
Nissan Shows Off Pathfinder's New Interior



the amount of fake wood inside is ridiculous.


Not as much cheap plastic here as the new Buick Enclave. the Enclave has it all over the dash, console, steering wheel, door panels and door arm rests. OMG it's ugly.


What's the point of the Infiniti JX again?


Well they may have offended some of the off-road guys with the soft lines, but they will probably sell more. I will wait to comment until seeing complete specs and pricing, but 20 mpg in town and towing 5000 # could turn some people away from the Grand Cherokee v-6, depending on price.


I second WTF's comment. Now that this has been unveiled, the JX is an exercise in rebadging.


the jx has the fist back up braking system that is only available in the jx its a huge step in safety.


That's interesting you guys make that comment. The JX has been out for a few months and the Pathfinder won't be out till another couple of months. So it seems to me the Pathfinder is a cheaper copy of the JX. I would agree thought that both vehicles are pretty close to badge engineering but you can't deny the organic look of the JX vs. the contemporary look of the Pathfinder.


lance you havent even been inside the enclave. Dont offer a childish response just because you are some sort of passionate Nissan fan. The 2013 Enclave interior has improved materials and stitching. We dont know how either of these interiors feel in person since they aent available yet. I do know this Nissan is not attractive however. The front end is a mess. I don't even think it looks better than Highlander.


looks more like ladies suv.


Wow so no longer body on frame and no v8 anymore? so this is just a sissy grocery-getter? wow, i would be offended to drive this, however i am a guy, so naturally ladies care less about capability and potential. Commence bickering about capabilites versus fuel efficiency. Can't have both.

Also, this is athesthetically an eyesore, so now its ugly and inert? wow congratulations nissan for making a dud like a guy shooting blanks.



I looked up a picture of the Enclave on autoblog because I remember it had a lot of fake wood also. How did you just make your stupid comment about the Pathfinder??? looked at a picture. What a hypocrite you are.

I could care less about the Nissan Pathfinder or the Enclave...just stating facts. You might try it sometime rather than just making a stupid driveby remark.


It took them this long to design the Hyundai Veracruz?


So, no more truck-like BOF, and looks like a Murano. What is the point of this thing's existence?


when you say "not as much cheap plastic as enclave" when you havent been in the new enclave you arent stating "facts", your offering an opinion. The 2013 Enclave has more soft touch materials than before so Im not sure how you can verify how much "cheap plastic" is inside the vehicle. IMHO this vehicle looks worse inside and out and has an underwhelming V6. Both CUVs have faux wood trim inside but the wood shown in the pics above is amongst the worst Ive seen.


I was talking about the fake wood(ie cheap plastic fake wood). Compare the pictures of the Enclave and the Pathfinder and you will find The Enclave has more fake "cheap plastic" wood.
If you think, and I emphasise think because you've only seen a picture of the Pathfinder, the plastic wood in the Enclave is nicer based on seeing a picture than we know where that biased opinion comes from....GM fanboyism.

You keep saying I haven't sat in the Enclave. How do you know that? Do you have spies following people around to see if the are visiting GM dealers? I go to the auto show every year in Chicago and spend the whole day there by myself and pretty much sit in most of the vehicles that I have interest in which includes CUVs. I specifically sat in the SRX and Enclave at this past show because I just happen to be in the market for a new CUV. So I really don't know where you get off assuming people haven't sat in a vehicle just because they may have a negative comment about it. Wishful thinking I guess.


Uh-oh Lance, now you've started it :)


I am still asking myself what in the world did the Nissan designers smoked to come up with this absolute disaster. The Pathfinder came from a rugged ancestry, they have now made a car perfectly fit to carry caskets. way-to-go Japan!

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