2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder trims the fat and keeps up with the times, creating arguably one of the best SUVs in its class


  • Those huge, grey buttons above the gauges are unattractive and peculiarly located

The 411

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.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL

Driving Dynamics

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.

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL Specs:

Engine: 3.5 litre V6 @ 3498 cc

Horsepower – peak: 260-hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque – peak: 240-hp @ 4400

Transmission: CVT

Limited-slip Differential: no

Drivetrain: AWD

Suspension: MacPherson Stut front & Multi-Link Independent rear

Brakes: 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes

ABS: yes

Tires: 235/65R18

Wheelbase: 2900mm

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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Amee Reehalhttp://ameereehal.com/
Shooting motors professionally since film was a thing, Amee's work has been published in various outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. He's a writer, editor at TractionLife.com, AJAC member, and full-time digital marketer at Traction Media working with national brands. Find him traveling, spending time with his kids and family. Or golfing, poorly.



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