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First Look: 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

New V-6, updated front end, “smart” safety features top list.

by on Jul.07, 2016

The Pathfinder gets its first big update since the current model debuted for 2013.

In a market that’s gone crazy over utility vehicles, few nameplates have had as long a history as the Nissan Pathfinder which made its American debut at a time when SUVs were largely the purview of rugged outdoorsmen.

The current version went through a dramatic makeover for the 2013 model-year, shifting from a classic body-on-frame design to a car-based crossover platform. But the Japanese automaker isn’t planning to let the ute go stale, and has some significant updates in store for its mid-cycle refresh.

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That includes a new 284 horsepower V-6, plenty of new advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS technologies, as well as an updated exterior.


First Drive: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Switch to crossover design yields plenty of advantages, few sacrifices.

by on Nov.01, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adopts a lighter, more fuel-efficient crossover platform that can still handle moderately rough trails.

Admittedly late to the party, can Nissan regain its place in a radically changed sport-utility market? That’s the big question the maker faces as it rolls out an all-new version of the long-running Pathfinder.

The new model is more than just a face-lift, in fact, more than the usual redesign.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder evolves from a classic, truck-based body-on-frame ute to a car-like unibody-based crossover.  The move has significant advantages, shaving about 500 pounds of mass to deliver a more nimble ride and fuel economy.

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But it also raises the possibility that classic SUV buyers might turn up their noses.  On the other hand, the market for classic, truck-like utes has all but vanished, so the bigger question is whether Nissan can regain the buyers who’ve migrated to competing products, such as the latest-generation Ford Explorer, that previously made the SUV to CUV migration.


2013 Nissan Pathfinder Boats Best-in-Class Mileage

Redesigned model lighter, better-equipped, maker claims.

by on Aug.03, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adopts a new crossover platform with a more sleek body design.

With the 2013 model evolving from a classic, truck-like SUV to a car-like crossover design, Nissan says the new version of its long-running Pathfinder model will be not only one of the lightest but also the most fuel-efficient V-6 entry into the large crossover segment.

Set to start at $28,000 when it goes on sale later this year, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will get as much as 20 miles per gallon in the City, 26 mpg on the Highway and 21 in the EPA’s Combined test cycle. That’s a roughly 30% improvement over the old Pathfinder, a significant selling point – Nissan is betting – at a time when mileage tops the shopping list for most U.S. car buyers.

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The Pathfinder is the second of five new models Nissan will be bringing out during the 2013 model-year, the utility vehicle following the new Altima into showrooms.  A new version of the Sentra sedan will arrive in September, with an updated Versa hatchback and another model, not yet identified, to follow in the spring.


Facebook Users Get 1st Look at 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Maker plans official debut in Paris.

by on Jul.31, 2012

The production version of the new Nissan Pathfinder makes a Facebook debut.

While some may question the benefits of advertising on Facebook it’s clear industry planners love using the social media site to reach consumers – that includes Nissan which turned to Facebook to give potential buyers a first look at the all-new version of its Pathfinder ute.

Nissan revealed a show car version of the Pathfinder at the Detroit Auto Show last winter and those familiar with the concept version will find relatively few surprises here; as with the prototype the production Pathfinder evolves from a traditionally boxy SUV into a more sleek and sporty CUV.

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Indeed, the big changes are, in fact, hidden under the skin.  The next-generation Pathfinder follows such rivals as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Ford Explorer by migrating from a conventional, truck-based body-on-frame platform to a lighter, nimbler car-based crossover design.