2013 Nissan Pathfinder
2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL
Review and Photos by Amee Reehal
Gone are the old, boxy days of the gas-guzzling SUVs. And the Pathfinder is no exception. Now, much sleeker and sophisticated it’s clear the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been around for over 25 years; trimming the fat and keeping with the times, creating arguably one of the best SUVs in it’s class. The seven-seater, 3rd-row Pathfinder is offered in enough trims to accommodate any families’ needs…whether it’s kids soccer practice or traversing a mountain.
What’s New for 2013
A major upgrade for the 2013 Pathfinder is weight reduction — 500-pounds to be exact. An aerodynamic design and a new power train with 26% increase in fuel-economy also find their way into Nissan’s well-established SUV. A couple best-in-class features include the improved fuel economy figures at 10.5/7.7/9.3 L/100km plus touting, while offering the most interior passenger volume and front headroom/legroom when stacked up against the competition. Around View Monitor, remote engine start, and a dual moon roof, all new for 2013 as well.
Powered by a 3.5L V6, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL finds an intuitive, more adaptive 4-Wheel-Drive system mated to a CVT transmission. This 4WD system is the crown jewel here, with selectable driving modes including all-mode 4×4 or grocery-getting full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency (no other competitor in this class offers this). On the road, the Pathfinder SL rides smooth and the Advanced Drive-Assist display front-and-centre provides helpful front and rear axles power figures. Perhaps not for the everyday commuter, but certainly valuable nonetheless. The VDC system — essentially a stability control attribute — helps monitor steering and braking to help maintain a safe ride, allocating power where and when needed, say in slick road conditions. Overall, the 2013 Pathfinder doesn’t feel huge on the open road, and visibility is good.
Nissan’s mid-sized Pathfinder starts at $29,998 CAD MSRP — not bad. With 5 trims levels to choose from, the top-of-line Platinum trim starts at $42,098. Inevitably, add options and the price shoot up. My SL level Pathfinder tester rings in at $37,698 with notable upgrades including 2nd row heated seats; roof rails painted without cross bars; XM Satellite radio with the full Nav-Infortainment setup with 7-inch screen, just to name a few.
2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL Specs
Engine: 3.5 litre V6 @ 3498 cc
Horsepower – peak: 260-hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque – peak: 240-hp @ 4400
Limited-slip Differential: no
Suspension: MacPherson Stut front & Multi-Link Independent rear
Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
Length: 5008 mm
Curb Weight: 1987 Kg
Passenger Volume: 4468 litres
Fuel Capacity: 73 litres
Towing Capacity: 2268 Kg
Payload Capacity: 695 Kg
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