2013 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Most practical in its class

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV - Consumer Review

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Most practical in its class
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

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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.

Update: ultimately the Pathfinder was failed by an unreliable transmission and Nissan's ambiguous Support. They required a check engine code before they would take action. Although the dealer tech actually observed the shuddering, Nissan wouldn't replace the transmission before the warranty expired because no code was produced. The transmission started whining after the warranty expired during cold warm up, getting progressively louder and continuing to warmer temps. Nissan required a $149 diagnostic to even tell me anything about the new problem. I decided to trade it instead before the transmission failed on me. I have a beautiful Audi Q5 with a normal geared transmission, no more Nissan CVTs.

Best Features

  • Climate control
  • Engine
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Transmission
  • Warranty

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