The fully redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will have a MSRP of $28,270 when it goes on sale in late October. This starting price undercuts several of the model’s competitors, including the $29,135 Ford Explorer, $29,420 Honda Pilot and $29,660 Chevrolet Traverse.

For 2013, the Pathfinder follows the trend of midsize SUVs moving from a truck-based platform to a car-based platform with the aim of delivering a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy.  In a press release, Nissan says the redesigned Pathfinder gets about 30 percent better fuel economy than the 2012 version, and expects the new model to achieve an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway.

While the EPA has yet to release fuel economy numbers for the new Pathfinder on its website, Nissan’s estimates place the new crossover among the thriftiest affordable midsize SUVs, behind only the Ecoboosted Ford Explorer, which is rated at 20/28 mpg city/highway. The new Pathfinder’s fuel economy estimates are also improved over the outgoing model’s best 15/22 mpg city/highway estimates. 

Nissan has announced pricing by trim level, but hasn’t gotten into specifics regarding how well-equipped each trim will be. The 2013 Pathfinder’s price not only undercuts several competitors, but that of its predecessor as well, by $1,020. Car and Driver wonders “how much of a role standard features are playing in the crossover’s price drop,” implying that perhaps Nissan has shortened the Pathfinder's standard features list in order to boast a lower price.

Nissan highlights a range of available amenities on the 2013 Pathfinder including heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof and Bluetooth. Other options include a 13-speaker Bose stereo and a tri-zone entertainment system.

It will also be available with Nissan’s Around View camera system and tire inflation notification, which beeps the horn when the tires are being inflated to alert that the tires are properly inflated. It will also come with Nissan’s EZ Flex seats, which debuted in the 2013 Infiniti JX crossover, that allow the second row to move forward to permit easy access to the third row, even when a second row child safety seat is installed.

Some options will likely be bundled together in one of two option packages available on the top-rung SL and Platinum trims. Autoblog says that the Platinum Premium Package “likely adds every imaginable option into what should be an already decked out Pathfinder Platinum.” The Platinum trim Pathfinder with all-wheel drive starts at $40,770. By comparison, the top-of-the-line competitors like the all-wheel drive Ford Explorer Sport start at $40,720, while a Honda Pilot Touring with all-wheel drive starts at $41,170.

We will rank the redesigned 2013 Pathfinder as critic reviews become available. Currently, the 2012 Pathfinder ranks near the bottom of the affordable midsize SUV pack, tied at 21st place. This is well behind the Explorer and Pilot, which are tied for 14th place, and even farther behind the Traverse, which is currently tied for second place.

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