2013 Nissan Pathfinder


Pros: Stylish sheetmetal; good fuel economy; quiet and comfortable ride; upscale interior.

Cons: Falls short in the brawn and cargo space department; stick-in-the-mud performance.

What’s New
The once rugged and off-road capable Pathfinder is no longer. For 2013 it has been replaced with a softer, Murano-like crossover that is better suited for daily city driving rather than serious utility.

Nevertheless, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Nissan as many consumers are trading up for a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy. The new Pathfinder is significantly lighter and features a more efficient engine, boosting its fuel economy and making it one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The newly redesigned 2013 Nissan is available in four well equipped trim levels- S, SV, SL and Platinum.

Standard features on the entry-level S includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, full power accessories, push-button start, a 50/50 split fold-flat third row seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch Advanced Drive Assist™ Display and a six-speaker sound system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SV adds roof rails, auto on/off headlights, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a review camera, a rear sonar system,  Intelligent Key®, a 7-inch color information monitor, Bluetooth®, satellite radio and iPod®/USB interface.

Stepping up to the SL will get you fog lamps, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, driver’s seat lumbar support, a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat and wood-tone interior trim.

Adding the premium package will add additional features like a panoramic sunroof, a premium 13-speaker Bose® sound system and a towing package that includes a tow hitch receiver and a 7-pin wiring harness.

The top-of-the-line Pathfinder Platinum gets all the features from the SL plus 20-inch alloy wheels, the SL Premium Towing Package, navigation, the Around View® Monitor, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and heated/cooled front seats. The Platinum Premium Package adds a panoramic sunroof and a tri-zone entertainment system with dual 7-inch monitors with two wireless headphone sets.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system with Easy-Fill Tire Alert. An individual tire pressure display is standard on all trims except for the S.

Warranty Information
Every new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder comes with limited vehicle coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. A Federal Emission Performance Warranty is also included as well as other various emission warranties.  Seat belt related components are covered for 10 years/unlimited miles and a tire limited warranty is also included but varies depending on the brand of tire that comes on your new vehicle.


Available Trims MSRP
2013 Pathfinder S $28,650
2013 Pathfinder SV $31,910
2013 Pathfinder SL $34,850
2013 Pathfinder SL Premium $37,500
2013 Pathfinder Platinum $39,550
2013 Pathfinder Platinum Premium $41,850
Similar Vehicles Base MSRP
2013 Ford Explorer $29,100
2013 Chevrolet Traverse $30,510
2013 Toyota Highlander $29,020

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings 





Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Standard All Trims

3.5-liter V6


Xtronic CVT®


Optional All Trims

3.5-liter V6


Xtronic CVT®



Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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