2013 Nissan Pathfinder Fully Revealed [Photo Gallery] [Video]
The other main advantage besides better ride quality is weight, as 500 pounds (227 kg) of it has been shed over the outgoing model, which means that the Pathfinder now weighs as little as 4,149 pounds (1,882 kg) in the case of a front-drive version.
In case you were worried it’s become a big softie for soccer moms, don’t be, because the 2013 Pathfinder has an impressive towing capacity of 5,000 pounds (2,268 kg).
The only engine offered is Nissan’s 3.5-liter V6 matched to a new generation of efficient Xtronic CVT. This combo sends 260 horsepower either to the front wheels or all four via the 4x4 system that offers selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes.
"It's no secret that the industry has shifted as gas prices have increased," says Al Castignetti, general manager of Nissan North America. "But while traditional SUV customers are looking for improved fuel economy, they still demand a vehicle that can do all the things they need, like carrying seven people, towing, and providing the surefootedness in all conditions of a four-wheel drive.”
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