2013 Nissan Pathfinder Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Drive

Like Ford’s and Toyota’s Highlander, Nissan’s is becoming more car than with a smooth ride and mileage as payoffs.

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Price: $28,270 to

Powertrain: 3.5-liter V-6; 260 hp, 240 of torque; CVT transmission, FWD or AWD

EPA Fuel (city/hwy): 20/26 (FWD); (AWD)

What’s New: is pushing fuel economy as the important attribute in the seven-passenger-crossover with admirable results. The new bests the outgoing version’s mpg by 30 percent, putting it well of its competition (though it’s possible the AWD seven-passenger Hyundai Fe could come close). engineers achieved this by the body-on-frame setup of the old rig and cutting 500 in the process.

At the same time Nissan managed to greatly increase volume; there’s more and legroom throughout, and far more volume too.

The old five-speed is history, replaced by a CVT with an gear range of a seven-speed minus any hunting for power. drops from a 4.0-liter V-6 to a That results in a loss of six But, more noticeably, are 48 fewer lb-ft of torque.

acceleration is plenty strong, and the change in driving feel is a bit of steer because this defaults to its fuel-sipping FWD arrangement there’s wheel slip. that blemish, the Pathfinders we proved smooth and comfortable long miles of broken California asphalt something we have said about the model.

Tech Tidbit: had a major problem with the old They couldn’t access the seats without removing the car seats in the second row a cumbersome, process. The 2013 Pathfinder has Nissan calls EZ Flex specially designed to slide while the child seat in place and allow third-row without monkeying with the

Driving Character: This is not like any that’s come it because of its distinctly carlike That comes courtesy of not a fully independent suspension that of the new Ford Explorer, but of a of gravity that has dropped 3 inches. This new Nissan rides lower than a Outback, and barely an inch than an Impreza.

As a result, the head-toss sensation that your children green in the row when you’re battling a road on the way to the park pretty evaporates.

We tested the AWD edition of the on an off-road course with very steep ascents required locking the transmission a dedicated 50/50 split of to both front and rear The vehicle had no trouble, and even the which you might think experience some sensation of was perfectly adequate for the task.


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But the Pathfinder is more at home on the and the watchword here is smooth. The new has excellent on-center feel to the and just enough agility to the Pathfinder reasonably sporty, some of the semistiff ride of the or the occasionally brittle ride of the Pilot. You could say it’s to the Toyota Highlander because comfortable, but Nissan infuses enough character to make it a more entertaining than rig.

If you’re bummed the Pathfinder getting soft, says it will keep the real and that almost buys a seven-passenger crossover to off-road anyway.

Favorite Detail: There’s a cavity in the hatch area perfect for holding groceries. normally covered by a carpeted the better to hide valuables. In the Nissan didn’t hinge door in the floor with any of stop to hold it upright, fragile items such as or veggies in your grocery would get crushed by the lid.

wisely updated the system, now has a friction hinge that the lid in the upright position and holds it even if you drive around in traffic.

Driver’s Grievance: great that Nissan a bullet-shaped third window to the It brings just a little light into the dark row. The downside is that row also features very headrests that block a rearward view. Sure, you can get around-view camera system, but really only valid for lot duty. If you’re driving in the over-large headrests are a hinderance to lane changes.

You can get rid of them easily, but remembering to do is another matter.

The Bottom We agree with Nissan customers really aren’t vehicles like the Pathfinder for 20-degree slopes of mud, so completely logical for them to a vehicle that can handle off-roading but really is a fuel-efficient, family wagon that to look like a crossover. for the most similar car to the Pathfinder probably bring you not to another crossover, but to the perennially excellent MDX, a vehicle with off-road pretensions but with all the comforts of a luxury sedan.

The is roomy, smooth as silk on the and church-quiet, as well as lounge-comfortable. And confidence-inspiring for the breed: At one point our test, a young girl in front of us at a crosswalk and we were to stand on the brakes. The Pathfinder on a dime, no harm done.

Like we said: smooth, and pretty darn smart

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