CHANGES FOR 2013:

- Redesigned model.

Pathfinder is one of the most recognizable names in the SUV segment, having been a part of Nissan’s lineup for a quarter century. For 2013, it undergoes its most comprehensive update to date, as it transitions from truck to crossover aboard a car-based platform shared with the Altima and Murano. This is a comfortable and roomy seven-seater, but is almost as much a minivan as Nissan’s own Quest van. This is the type of vehicle that many families demand and that, along with the recognizable Pathfinder name, should ensure its success.

Pathfinder is only available with a 3.5L V6 engine – producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque – mated to a continuously variable transmission. However, it can be had with two- or four-wheel drive.

Features on the S include all-mode 4×4-i intuitive 4WD system (4WD models), hill start assist, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 7-passenger seating capacity, EZ Flex seating system, tri-zone automatic climate control, advanced drive-assist display, remote keyless entry, push button start, power windows, AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD audio system with six speakers, MP3/WMA CD playback capability, auxiliary audio input jack, illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Nissan advanced airbag system, and TPMS with easy-fill tire alert.

SV trim adds 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlights, roof rails, power liftgate, information centre with 7-inch QVGA colour monitor, backup camera, rear sonar system, individual tire pressure display, Bluetooth phone capability, Nissan Intelligent Key, power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down, variable intermittent speed-sensitive wipers, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, USB port, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, and satellite radio.

SL trim adds tow hitch receiver with 7-pin trailer tow wiring harness, leather-appointed seats and door trim, fog lights, chrome body side mouldings, outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down feature, remote start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® universal garage door opener, digital compass, welcome lighting, heated second-row seats, driver’s seat and outside mirrors position memory, driver’s seat power lumbar support, 4-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, wood-tone trim, and stainless steel kick plates.

Platinum trim adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, navigation with 8-inch touchscreen, NavTraffic, Around View Monitor, Bose® audio system with 13 speakers, including Bose® Acoustic Waveguide technology, DVD video playback capability, Bluetooth audio streaming, 120-volt AC power outlet, heated and cooled front seats, power-tilt/telescoping steering column, and steering-wheel position memory.