2013 Nissan Pathfinder Overview
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder represents the beginning of the fourth generation of this midsize SUV. It is also the first unibody Pathfinder as all three previous generation models were trucked-based, body-on-frame SUVs.
For 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder is sold in front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Four trim levels (S, SV, SL and Platinum) are available and one powertrain combination is supplied.
All models are powered by a 3.5-liter, V6 engine making 260 horsepower and paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is rated as high as 20/26 mpg city/highway and takes regular grade gasoline.
All Pathfinders come equipped with aluminum-alloy wheels, all-season tires, halogen headlamps, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, air conditioning, map lights, 14 drink holders, at least two 12-volt outlets, a USB port and an auxiliary input outlet.
The SV edition adds intermittent wipers, roof rack rails, an eight-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar support, a six-speaker audio system with a 7-inch color display, SiriusXM satellite radio and Bluetooth.
Halogen fog lamps, heated side mirrors, a power liftgate, leather seats, heated front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, reading lamps, remote start, a rearview monitor and illuminated sun visors are added to the SL edition. An SL Premium package brings in a panoramic moonroof, power sunshade, a Bose audio system, a 120-volt outlet and a trailer tow package.
The Pathfinder Platinum edition brings in 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, DVD navigation, Bluetooth streaming audio, an around-view monitor and a 120-volt outlet.
Standard cargo space in the Nissan Pathfinder is tight, measuring only 16 cubic feet. However, with the second- and third-row seats folded, this model offers nearly 80 cubic feet of storage capacity. When properly equipped, the Pathfinder can pull up to 5,000 pounds.
In crashworthiness testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Nissan Pathfinder achieved top marks in three categories: moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats. All Pathfinder models are equipped with a collection of air bags, a tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes and hill start assist.