Nissan is in the middle of revamping its range. Starting with its Versa sedan, then Altima and Sentra, it's now Pathfinder's turn to go back to the drawing board. On the market since 1986, this is the first time that the Pathfinder has been seriously reworked. Nissan has taken it away from its roots as a pure and simple 4x4 and has morphed it into a crossover, abandoning the box on a frame and opting for a unibody chassis instead. Nissan's marketeers have probably noticed that very few Pathfinder users actually go off-road. Ford boffins, by the way, also came to the same conclusions with their Explorer.
The standard version of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder can tow 5,000 lbs and offers 25% better highway fuel consumption at 7.7 l/100 km for the two-wheel drive model. It 3.5-litre V6 260-horsepower engine is coupled to a next-generation CVT Xtronic transmission. Its handling too is now far from truck-like, thanks to independent suspension all round and hydraulic-electric assisted steering as standard. The new Pathfinder runs on 18-inch rims, or 20-inch on the Platinum model.
Inside, the Pathfinder can take up to seven passengers. New screens, one in the centre of the dashboard instrumentation and the other in the centre console, display very useful driver information. The optional 8-inch screen in the centre console displays GPS and various other vehicle settings. The 2013 Pathfinder also comes with an EZ Flex Seating System featuring LATCH AND GLIDE, an industry first according to Nissan that lets you slide the second set of seats forward for easier access to the rear seats even with a child seat installed. Options include a low-tire pressure warning and an all-round camera display, a first in this segment.
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be available from late October starting at $29,998.
By Christian Gagnon - autoExpert.ca