PreProduction Review 2013 Nissan Pathfinder The Truth About Cars

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Pre-Production Review: 2013 Pathfinder

If you re like most you either drive an SUV or want Don t believe me? One in three vehicles on our shores in the past 12 months was an SUV or despite skyrocketing fuel

Of course, those fuel mean the demographic of the SUV smorgasbord has from gas-guzzling truck-based to unibody crossovers. Although is a little late to the soft-road they are countering their by doubling down on standard and fuel economy. What s the and what s it like to drive? through the jump and find out as we go and tow an Airstream.

Despite having the transition to unibody construction in (and back to body-on-frame in Pathfinders were recognizable as The 2013 model on the other is instantly recognizable as a Nissan, but the lineage is far less obvious. The for this of course is that the model is a clean-sheet design was penned at the same time as its cousin the Infiniti JX. Nissan s unibody design was an attempt to with the Jeep Grand the fourth generation Pathfinder has s Explorer and the GM Lambda triplets in its

Mission accomplished.

The outgoing shared its interior with the and as a result had a more rugged, truck-like interior. The 2013 s transformation is much like GM s to Lambda transformation. The new Pathfinder has an interior with near-luxury fit and and a more sedan-like cockpit.

Parts sharing with the JX35 is high with air switch gear, seat and LCD shared between the two. top-down parts sharing is for Pathfinder shoppers, but only will tell if there is differentiation between the Pathfinder and JX to Infiniti shoppers happy. As the Infiniti JX, seat comfort the further right and rearward you go. The passenger seat lacks the lumbar adjustment of the driver s

The second row seats are comfortable, but not as as the front seats with designed for children or shorter As with most three-row the last row should be reserved for children, coworkers you hate or mother-in-law.

For Pathfinder duty, lifted their corporate systems without much The base $28,270 Pathfinder S a 6-speaker audio system and 6-CD changer. The base s glaring omissions include the of: Bluetooth, AUX input and a USB/iPod

Stepping up one trim-level (to the $31,530 SV) the driver a 7-inch LCD, AUX input and a USB/iPod interface at the of the 6-disc changer (all models get a single disc player.) Hopping up to the SL Premium hasn t released pricing on one) gets the buyer the 13-speaker Bose sound as the mid-level trims of Infiniti right down to the Bose As long as you don t need your to rattle your windows, the is impressive.

Should navigation be on your list, you ll need to jump up to the Platinum. Doing so gets you an high-resolution touch-screen display with the Bose system and an DVD player. This Nissan is one of the more responsive and intuitive on the market providing easy integration and an interesting novelty in the world: a navigation joystick/wheel, wheel navigation controls and a

This allows you to choose you enter data on the steering use the joystick/wheel device or just the screen.

Nissan has set the starting for the Pathfinder S (FWD) at $28,270, all the primary competition. As with CUVs, beware, prices quickly. Due to the way Nissan has structured the list, the minimum point of for navigation is $39,170, nearly more than an Explorer but about $1,000 more a Traverse.

Most of the models we had on to test were well SL models around $38,000 or loaded Platinum models $44,000.

Under the hood Nissan s ubiquitous 3.5L V6 to 260HP and 240lb-ft of torque, 5HP and less than the same in the JX35. In addition to being a few ponies compared to its luxury it s also the least powerful in its As you would expect from power is sent to the front via a CVT, but this one has been to handle a 5,000lb tow rating.

The new transmission uses a steel instead of a steel belt for but importantly the ratios stay unchanged. Nissan s reps that the transmission is the primary for the JX35 and Pathfinder s different tow

If towing with a FWD crossover t sound like fun, buys you AWD. The system defaults to FWD mode for improved economy but as a (small) nod to the Pathfinder s the system has a lock mode mechanically connects the front and differentials so that power 50:50 (front:rear) in all situations. more traditional transfer setups, the clutch-pack allows a amount of slip so the system can be on dry pavement without binding.

the AWD system in Auto keeps to the front unless fairly slippage occurs (in order to fuel economy). The result is a FWD feel under most

The engine right-sizing, CVT and unibody to drop the curb weight by to 4,149lbs for the base 2WD model to in the AWD Platinum. The weight reduction and efficiency changes pay dividends fuel economy rising 15/22 and 14/20 (2WD/4WD) to and 19/25. Compared to the unibody the Nissan bests the Ford by in the city and 1 on the highway in 2WD form and 1/2 mpg AWD.

However, if you seek crossover-fuel-sipping-nirvana, no further than Ford s 2.0L Ecoboost Explorer.

the Pathfinder started as a rugged vehicle, Nissan felt it to take us to a cattle ranch to some time climbing and towing trailers. There are two we must keep in mind. automakers sometimes go overboard to prove that a new vehicle the older vehicle s abilities.

the majority of shoppers will tow or take the vehicle off-road so it doesn t matter anyway.

The I noticed during our romp on the grassy hills was: clearance has dropped from in the 2012 to 6.5 (lower than the s 7.6 and the Traverse s 7.2). Off-roading also decrease from to 14/22/16 (approach/departure/break-over). The result is a that is more stable thanks to a lower center of but a vehicle that may have going over the hill and the woods. Does that to anyone?

Probably not.

The thing our adventure demonstrated the CVT and final drive ratio fuel economy. How so? By skewing the toward the high-end of the CUV competition.

The is an effective low ratio of 13.5:1 is notably higher than the s 15.2:1 and a higher final of 2.0:1 vs the Explorer s lower The result is better fuel than the Explorer on the highway, but we encountered steep terrain on the the Pathfinder felt out of its element and out of

Back on the highway the Pathfinder its best argument for success: manners. The suspension is firm for a but not uncomfortable and was well composed a variety of broken road something that could not be about the previous generation Wind and road noise also been drastically in the cabin giving the Nissan a feel not unlike the Buick

The towing demonstration was largely by my journalist peers, but my own towing caused my interest to be piqued. I was concerned that the taller of the CVT and the lower torque rating of the V6 would be a problem, but I was only right. Unless you re towing at in San Francisco, the CVT makes a strangely tow partner. Takeoffs are slow due to the choices, and Ford s Ecoboost V6 decidedly more confidant, but the CVT has

When hill climbing it s to maintain a constant speed the CVT can constantly vary the ratio to you from doing the slow down-shift, speed up, up-shift, down ballet that I m to when towing with my SUV.

While the Pathfinder may shed much of its heritage in its generation, so has everyone else. this also means a few shoppers (like yours that need to tow 6,500lbs with an AWD mid-size SUV are left the Dodge Durango as your new car choice in this segment Chrysler kills it in 2015). Nissan has delivered exactly 95% of SUV/CUV shopper want: 20% fuel economy, some good looks and the ability to Tahoe when the ski-bug

While I will mourn the of the Pathfinder along with a segment of rock-crawlers in the square you should put the Pathfinder at the top of your list.

Nissan invited me to a Pathfinder event, paid for the and stuffed us full of food.

as tested

0-30:3.6 Seconds

6.9 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 16.16 @ 91 MPH

Fuel Economy: 20.5 MPG 189 Miles

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