2013 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Finally a Pathfinder that's ri

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Finally a Pathfinder that's rides like an Acura and Benz
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


Why is 2013 Nissan Pathfinder a solid choice in my opinion vs. some of its peers. For starters Nissan finally moved away from an off road SUV (truck on frame) to one that mainstream families like myself will want and use. How many families do you know that go rock crawling or off roading vs. those who need space, comfort, handling like an Acura or Mercedes with virtually no tire and road noise?

How many V6's can offer 19-26 MPG's when fully loaded with the AC blasting? For those who do not like or complain about the CVT transmission need to learn more about it. This is not new. All snow mobiles, wave runners, boats and heavy equipment use this type of transmission and its a solid choice.

Best Features

Ride - A comfortable ride with great handling. No bumpy or break your back ride with this vehicle. Road Noise - There is virtually no road noise and zero tire noise which is quite a treat while traveling long distances. Space - There is more head, leg, shoulder, hip and 2nd & 3rd row space then any other vehicle in this class. The three shelf glove box is smart. Creature Features - They dash was well though out so you do not have to take your eyes off the wheel. The command center is great. Well done. Power - Step on this gas and this baby combined with the CVT is a monster. CVT Transmission. If one understands this technology they will see why this makes sense.

Worst Features

To date only a couple that would help me and probably most families. It would be nice if Nissan either added side rail step bars so one could enter the vehicle easier. This is a problem with all SUV's. Move the 2WD, 4WD or AWD knob to the dash as not many are going to use this unless they live in the snow. Not a big deal as its out of the way but would be nice. Add a second front power outlet to S base model. You gave the entry level S model the same engine, transmission, brakes and safety features as all other trim levels so add a why not. Make the 2nd row a 50/50 with the very center being removable so passangers can walk to the 3rd row. The current latch and glide is great.
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By mlebauer
on 08/18/13 09:01 AM (PDT)

"All snow mobiles, wave runners, boats and heavy equipment use this type of transmission and its a solid choice." That's not accurate. The CVT in the Pathfinder uses a chain linking 2 sliding cones that allow gear ratios to be continuously changed, allowing the engine to match RPMs to the power needed, keeping it in the most efficient operating point. That's what makes them more efficient than traditional stepped ratio transmissions. Boats only have engage and disengage, since they transmit power through water they don't need a transmission. Waverunners are even simpler, with just a flap to block the water flow from its nozzle. Snowmobiles have either 1 speed clutched transmission or multi-speed, like a motorcycle. Heavy equipment, depends on what. Some have traditional stepped transmissions (like dozers and loaders and haulers), some that are mostly hydraulic (like backhoe diggers) use a fluid drive.

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