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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was new.


Interior: 7.7

Reviewers are pleased with the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s cabin, saying it is attractive and appointed with high-quality materials. Critics also praise the Pathfinder’s seats, which they find spacious in the front two rows, and like how easy it is to access the third row. Interior features also draw praise for their ease of use.

  • "Climb aboard and you'll find an upscale interior that looks a class above the Pathfinder's segment." -- Left Lane News
  • "And everything is well upholstered and attractively decorated-like the nicest Courtyard by Marriott ever." -- Car and Driver
  • The Pathfinder's cabin shows clear design similarities to its platform sibling, the Infiniti JX35, though the Nissan is expectedly less rich, with harder textures up front and less padding where backseat passengers rest their arms." -- Cars.com
  • "From a design standpoint, the interior has indeed made the transition from traditional SUV to more refined crossover. The outgoing cabin was awash in cold colors and sharp angles, giving it a work-before-play feel. On the other hand, this 2013 Pathfinder offers an inviting interior, especially when outfitted with the nicer leather upholstery available on the SL and Platinum trims. The sharp edges of the old dashboard have been smoothed out, hands find soft-touch materials on nearly every surface, and thoughtful touches like padded leather on the doors go the extra step to make this Pathfinder seem more like a tall luxury sedan than a rugged all-rounder." -- Autoblog


The 2013 Pathfinder seats up to seven and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Power front seats and heated front- and second-row outboard seats are optional. The redesigned Pathfinder also comes standard with what Nissan calls EZ Flex second-row seating, where the second row slides forward, even with a car seat in place, to allow easier access to the third row. Reviewers say that the front and middle rows of seats are comfortable, with one critic describing the front buckets as “kingly.” In typical third row fashion, however, critics say the last row is best left to kids. Reviewers are impressed by Nissan’s EZ Flex middle seats, saying they work as advertised, allowing easy, contortion-free access to the back row.

  • "The first tip that Nissan is pitching the Pathfinder to families was the car seat installed in all the models provided me for test driving. The point was to show off how easy it is to get into and out of the car's back row of seats, even with the clunky seat installed in the second row. It was indeed a breeze: The second row can be moved forward and pushed back into place with minimal effort. With room for seven, the Pathfinder is quite spacious. As I sat in each row comfortably, children would have plenty of room." -- Business Insider
  • "Nissan has put the added inches to good use in the roomy interior, whose middle row seats adjust fore and aft by as much as 5.5 inches, with third-row seat access that doesn't require contortions." -- Road and Track
  • "Seat comfort up front is very good. Same goes for the second row, which slides and reclines to optimize comfort for passengers or cargo space behind as needs dictate. Access to the third row is eased by the second row's tilt and slide feature, which can be used even when a child seat is in place. The third row offers enough headroom for 6-foot passengers, but clearance gets a little tight beyond that." -- Edmunds
  • "In place of the off-road credentials is a focus on family usability. The second-row seats are mounted uncommonly high, but still offer vast headroom -- and they slide well out of the way for easy ingress to the rear. And the third-row is surprisingly roomy and comfortable." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "What the new Pathfinder has going for it is what feels like acres of room. The front seats are kingly and are both heated and cooled on Platinum versions. The second row is versatile, and the right-side seat can be folded forward for third-row access even when a child carrier is installed. The third-row seats fold flat in a 50/50 split. As long as the kids are banished to the rearmost accommodations, this machine can transport seven in true comfort." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The 2013 Pathfinder comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features include a Bose stereo, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, a USB port, satellite radio and two different backup cameras, one of which is multi-angle (around-view monitor).

Reviewers are fairly impressed with the Pathfinder’s available equipment. They say the navigation system’s audio interface, which has a touch screen, doesn’t complicate tasks that should be simple, such as adjusting the stereo. They also like the around-view monitor for the expansive view it provides while backing up or parallel parking. Overall, reviewers agree that the Pathfinder’s available technology systems work well and are straightforward.

See the full list of 2013 Pathfinder features and specs »

  • "Fortunately my $39,995 tester also came standard with a feature borrowed from several Infiniti vehicles called Around View. While you park, the view from a camera on each side of the Pathfinder is stitched together on the navigation screen to form a bird's-eye view of the entire vehicle. It's awesome; expect plenty of Nissan dealers to earn their holiday bonus selling customers on this feature." -- The Los Angeles Times
  • "We found the controls easy to use (a knob for volume, tuning and temperature control, hallelujah!) although a bit far down to use comfortably while driving." -- Left Lane News
  • The Pathfinder uses the same tech interface Nissan has had in play for some years. I have always liked the interface, which combines a dial, buttons, and a touch screen, letting you use the best method for whichever onscreen menu is up. However, the navigation, stereo, and phone systems do not look much changed from those used in older Nissan models. It would have been nice to see Nissan push out some new features, especially as the 2013 Sentra is debuting with a connected navigation system that uses Google for destination searches." -- CNET
  • "Speaking of tech, there's a host of other excellent amenities in the Pathfinder, including a full navigation/infotainment system, good-sounding Bose premium audio system (available on SL and Platinum trims only), a tri-zone DVD entertainment system, every conceivable alphanumeric safety system and Nissan's new Easy-Fill tire inflation system that honks the horn when tires are inflated to their optimum spec. That last feature is stupidly easy to use and falls under the ‘Why didn't we think of this before?’ category; look for it to spread across nearly the entire Nissan line in the coming years, and don't be surprised if Federal authorities put the tech on their wish lists, too." -- Autoblog
  • "It's packed with features to make driving, and being driven, easier and more pleasant. Screens built into the headrests of the driver and passenger seats can play different DVDs and be hooked up to video game systems to keep passengers in the second row entertained." -- Business Insider


The 2013 Pathfinder can carry up to 79.8 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows of seats folded, which is average for the class, but less than class leaders like the Chevrolet Traverse. Behind the second row, there is as much as 47.8 cubic feet of space, and behind the third row there is 16 cubic feet available. Reviewers are pleased with the Pathfinder’s small-item storage as well.

  • "Surprise-and-delight features include an ample hidden storage bin aft of the third row, double map pockets behind each front seat, built-in tie-downs, and flip-out coat hooks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Plenty of cargo space, too." -- Road and Track
  • "The down side to the Bose is the subwoofer takes up part of the under floor storage in the trunk, and with 7-seater SUV's like the Pathfinder, rear trunk space is limited anyway." -- Jalopnik
  • "Fold the seats down and numerous gaps in the floor threaten to catch your cargo." -- Cars.com

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