Most practical in its class
By mlebauer on
2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
The Pathfinder was not originally on my list, gravitating towards the Mazda CX-5 due to sportiness and fuel economy. When I took the 15 & 17yo boys to look at the new car, they sat in the back of the Mazda and declared, "no way".
We headed up car dealer row trying out similar vehicles: Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Outback, Toyota Highlander, Chevy Traverse & Equinox, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Journey, Ford Edge and Explorer.
Of all those that "fit", the Nissan had the best fuel economy, and the most attractive interior. It's just plain a comfortable ride, with near luxury interior and nice soft leather seats. Good since I was replacing an Escalade and Jaguar with the Nissan.
Leather seats, folding and sliding 2nd row, attractive dash layout, comfortable ride, 5K lbs towing, decent 3rd row space, 25mpg on hwy (best in class).
Steering numb on-center, transmission drops revs too aggressively after initial acceleration causing a slight surge, add some now common luxury features like lane departure warnings and adaptive cruise to the options list. A center split (40/20/40) 2nd row would be nice too for 4 passenger plus long cargo (skis) hauling. But all quibbles, the Pathfinder does what we'd hoped.