2013 Nissan Pathfinder is lighter but bigger on style

Where best-in-class towing meets best-in-class fuel economy

Published: August 3, 2012, 12:00 PM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 10:52 AM

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan's Pathfinder gets a total overhaul for 2013, with a more aerodynamic exterior, new unibody platform, advanced drivetrain and premium interior.

Designers have shaved off 500 pounds (227 kg) in mass compared to the outgoing model while offering best-in-class towing capacity of 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg), to make it one of the lightest vehicles in the segment.

The new model offers best-in-class fuel economy of 10.5 L/100 km city, 7.7 highway, and 9.3 L/100 km combined, an improvement of more than 26% over the previous model.

Nissan calls the exterior styling "wheel-oriented," with a low beltline, and thin A- and D-pillars. Its front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors and rear suspension fairings expected to help put it among the best aerodynamic performers in the segment.

Inside, Pathfinder is only the vehicle in the segment with third-row recline. An Advanced Drive-Assist Display in the centre of the instrument display features four-inch colour display with customizable information; a separate touch-screen monitor in the instrument panel provides control of nav and other vehicle systems and settings.

Second-row seating features EZ Flex Seating system with Latch and Glide, an industry-first second-row tip-up seat for use with child safety seats, which also makes for easy third-row access while the safety seat remains installed. The second row also features a segment-best 5.5 inches of seat travel. Moms rejoice!