2013 Nissan Pathfinder: From Tough Guy to Family Guy

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by in Auto News

It's what's inside that counts, right? In the case of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, definitely. But the outer surface is as much a part of the transformation of the once robust SUV.


In 2013, three-row SUV Nissan was completely revised to shed the wings, stocky appearance and truck like body-on-frame architecture of the curves and the unibody platform crossover class. The fourth generation of the Pathfinder also gain a warm, inviting interior full of family-friendly features, a strong comparison to his old self utilitarian.

Why the change? It's what the people wanted, according to Tom Smith, director of the Nissan truck marketing. Smith, the former Pathfinder was "The Last of the Mohicans," he said. As a body-on-frame SUVs and crossovers were dinosaurs rolled, to take their place, the Pathfinder was outdated.

Sales have been on a steady decline, too. The last generation model reached a high of 70,000 units per year, but only 25,935 were sold in 2011.

The new Pathfinder, Nissan hopes to gain what Smith "savvy, cool parents." As Translation: busy, active families – the market to conquer every crossover target. As will be explained to the Pathfinder? A cabin is loaded with physical well sure to appeal to console along with the Pathfinder shifted focus from utility companies.

For 2013, the Pathfinder interior goodies like a dual panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats, the Around View Monitor Camera System, which packs Easy-Fill tire warning system and a dual-screen 7-inch DVD entertainment system.

Nissan also says there is more room for passengers. The 2013 Pathfinder offers 8 more cubic feet of people. How flexible seating of the Infiniti JX system, the Pathfinder second row slides 5.5 inches to facilitate access to the third row, and the seat also lifts and slides into a maneuver, so keep that a forward-facing child safety seat is installed in the second series. We tested the system in the JX and was impressed.

But what about the truck previous audience, the off-road enthusiasts! Although the Pathfinder lost its V-8 for 2013 – replaces a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 – Smith says the revamped vehicle provides the capabilities of an SUV in a modern-looking package. The 2013 version does not have a competitive towing capacity rating of £ 5,000 (previous year: £ 6,000) and a rugged four-wheel drive, and both should appeal to the audience hall of the previous Pathfinder, Smith said. The goal, he said, was "getting a foot in the SUV camp."

The 2013 Pathfinder goes on sale this fall from $ 28,270 without destination charges, which are not known at this time. This would. Pathfinder one of the lowest prices from the competitive class that includes the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse and Ford Explorer

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