2013 Nissan Pathfinder
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan announced today that the starting MSRP for its 2013 Pathfinder is $29,998, for the entry-level, front-wheel drive S model. The least-expensive all-wheel drive model is the S 4WD, priced at $31,998.

This fourth-generation model is notable for being the first car-based Pathfinder; it’s a near-twin to the Infiniti JX and is built on the Nissan D-platform, shared with the Murano crossover, Quest minivan and Altima and Maxima sedans.

The Pathfinder uses Nissan’s 3.5 L “VQ35DE” V6 engine, tuned for 260 horsepower and matched with a continuously variable transmission. Nissan says the Pathfinder is the only vehicle in its class with a driver-selectable four-wheel drive system, with 2WD, automatic and 4WD lock modes. Despite Nissan’s use of the “4WD” designation, this latest Pathfinder is the first designed with on-road performance as a priority.

Seven-passenger seating is standard, as are 18-inch wheels and Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist display, designed to help the driver save fuel. Natural Resources Canada fuel consumption estimates are 10.8 L/100 km in city driving and 7.9 L/100 km for all-wheel drive models, and 10.5/7.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for the front-wheel drive version.

Other trims include SV 4WD ($35,248); SL 2WD ($35,698); SL 4WD ($37,698), and Platinum 4WD ($42,098). Options, depending on trim level, include leather seating, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, intelligent keyless entry, Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, rearview monitor, tri-zone entertainment system and dual-panoramic sunroof.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder goes on sale across Canada at the end of October.

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