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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4

GAYOT Rating

Family-Friendly Four-Wheel-Drive SUV

A three-quarter front view of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4
In short: A roomy, well-equipped seven-passenger SUV.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 Review

Assembled at the same Tenessee plant as the Infiniti JX35, the all-new Nissan Pathfinder owes much of its design to that luxurious full-size SUV. Utilizing the same 3.5-liter V6 as its sibling, the Nissan Pathfinder offers decent power, while its even larger size makes trips to soccer practice or the lake a breeze for busy families. Intuitive four-wheel-drive allows drivers to switch between 4×4, 2WD and Auto modes depending on conditions. Our Platinum Premium level tester came tricked out with cool features like a DVD entertainment system with dual 7-inch headrest monitors, and rear headphone jacks with volume control.

With its smooth and refined V6, comfortable interior and available third-row seating, the Nissan Pathfinder aims square at the middle of the family hauler market. It’s billed as an adventure-mobile, with ads featuring the Pathfinder as Noah’s ark, helping a father and daughter round up animals in a muddy landscape.

For the more eco-conscious or economy-minded, a new hybrid version of the Nissan Pathfinder is available, to be powered by the same 2.5 liter supercharged four cylinder/ electric motor combination used in the Infiniti QX60 hybrid.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty

Make: Nissan, Vehicle Type: SUV

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Base Price: $40,770 / As Tested: $44,395

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, four-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 260 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque: 240 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: continuously variable transmission

Curb weight: 4,471 lbs
Wheelbase: 114.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 197.2 / 77.2 / 70.2 in
Turning circle: n/a

4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: independent strut front; independent multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control; Intuitive 4WD with 4x4i and selectable 2WD, Auto and 4WD modes

0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
60-0 mph: n/a
Top Speed: 120 mph

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 25 mpg
Combined MPG: 21 mpg

Seating Capacity: 7
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; front and rear head curtain side airbags

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