Watch out Toyota and Honda, there’s a new player in town: ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Although the first visual impact with the car doesn’t show it, the 2013 Pathfinder actually dropped 500 pounds and as a result it delivers a fuel economy of 20 mpg city/26 highway and 22 combined for the front-wheel-drive model, and 19/25/21 for the all-wheel-drive version.
This means that the new Pathfinder will be with 30 percent more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. Comparing it with the competition, the 2013 Pathfinder promises to make your neighbors jealous, as the FWD Honda Pilot is rated at 18/25/21, the Toyota Highlander at 18/24/20 and the Ford Exporer at 18/25/20.
Still, don’t forget that Toyota and Honda will bring their new versions of Highlander and Pilot next year, but that’s good new as Nissan will have an advantage for 12 months. In terms of design, the 2013 Pathfinder received some radical changes but we all know them because we saw the Pathfinder Concept, right? Other significant changes will be a smaller 3.5-liter V6 engine that will replace the previous model's 4.0 V6 and the introduction to a more fuel-efficient continuously variable transmission (explained in the video).
The new Pathfinder will also have a smaller fuel tank, but the good news is that it will deliver an increased driving range.
Nissan Pathfinder boasts a design that expresses modernity while also paying respect to the three previous generations of Nissan Pathfinders. It has a new unibody platform that provided its designers a chance to come up with a more aerodynamic exterior that does not compromise cargo capacity and headroom. In fact, the new Pathfinder features more interior space compared to the earlier model, thanks to its more efficient packaging.
Moreover, the new Pathfinder’s exterior styling moves upscale in terms of appearance. It presents a smart combination of dynamic strength and signature Nissan styling cues. The result is an adventure-ready look with muscular fenders that are wheel-oriented and a stance that’s both strong and stable.
In addition, the vehicle’s upper body boasts an open cabin that has a low beltline as well as thin A-pillars and D-pillars that smoothly flow into the rugged yet durable-looking lower body. Also, the Pathfinder's design incorporates both front and rear spoilers, rear suspension fairings, and rear tire deflectors to help achieve outstanding aerodynamic performance. Other exterior details include large aerodynamic headlights, a wide chrome grille, chrome door handles, large rear combination lights, and recessed front windshield wipers.
The vehicle also has a panoramic dual-panel moonroof with a sliding opening front panel as well as a fixed rear glass panel that extends over the second and third rows. This combines with large windows, creating an open-air interior environment.
Nissan says that the Pathfinder’s new aerodynamic shape when it comes to its styling is one big step in the evolution of sport utility vehicles. It has retained its people and its cargo hauling utility yet has not looked quite so utilitarian. It is only fitting that a vehicle tackling adventures in a new way should also look the part.