2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan announced more information Friday about the all-new, redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. While the outgoing 2012 model is a traditional truck-based SUV with an optional V8 engine, the new Pathfinder is a unibody crossover that comes with front-wheel drive.

According to a Nissan press release, the 2013 Pathfinder will get much better fuel economy than the outgoing model. Nissan expects front-wheel drive models to net around 20/26 mpg city/highway. That’s better than the base 2012 Toyota Highlander, which gets 20/25 mpg city/highway with its 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. However, the four-cylinder Highlander is also less powerful. It offers 187 horsepower, while the 2013 Pathfinder comes with a 260-horsepower V6. Additionally, the new Pathfinder’s continuously variable transmission will replace the outgoing model’s five-speed automatic.

The 2013 Pathfinder will offer upscale features like heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated second row and an Around View monitor, according to Truck Trend. Additionally, Nissan says that the redesigned Pathfinder has the most interior passenger volume in the class, and that it’s the only crossover with a reclining third row. A tri-zone entertainment system is available as well.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be available starting this fall. Nissan hasn’t yet announced the 2013 Pathfinder’s price, but several sources say they have a rough idea of the new crossover’s cost. The Detroit News reports that consumers should expect to shell out a bit more than $28,000 for the Pathfinder. Comparatively, the 2012 Dodge Durango and 2013 Ford Explorer start at $28,995 and $28,870, respectively, while the 2012 Toyota Highlander starts at $28,240.

The 2013 Pathfinder follows in the footsteps of the Explorer and the Durango, which shed their truck-based frames for car-like, crossover construction when they were redesigned in 2011. If you were drawn to the outgoing Pathfinder’s truck-based roots, you’ll want to check out traditional SUVs like the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe or the smaller Nissan Xterra. Truck Trend writes that like other modern crossovers, Nissan “won't try to pretend the Pathfinder is for off-roading.”

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