2013 Nissan Pathfinder Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 Nissan Pathfinder - Road Test Specs

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

(3.5L V6 4x4 CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Vehicle TypeAWD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$41,595
Options on test vehicleArctic Blue Metallic paint, Platinum Premium Package ($2,300 -- Includes rear DVD player, dual screens mounted in front headrests, and dual-panel moonroof), Roof rack cross bars ($300), Floor mats ($200).
As-tested MSRP$44,395
Assembly locationSmyrna, Tennessee


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498/213
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)260 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)240 @ 4,400
Fuel type87 octane recommended
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission ratios (x:1)2.43 - 0.38 (variable), Reverse: 1.80
Final-drive ratio (x:1)5.58
Differential(s)Center: locking


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-over-hydraulic-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.3
Tire make and modelBridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size235/55R20 102H
Wheel size20-by-7.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-by-1.1-inch ventilated disc with two-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.1-by-0.6-inch ventilated disc with single-piston sliding caliper

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.3
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 89.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.8
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.4
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 89.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)58.5 (trac off, but nondefeat ESC still on)
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON58.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)39.4
@ Full throttle (dB)72.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,750

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsHard to do much here with such a lazy launch, Auto AWD and a CVT. I found a smidge of time by using the transmission's S mode, but it abhors pedal overlap (chopping throttle heavily), and even in 2WD, it wasn't what I'd call snappy, nor would it allow much wheelspin. The VQ engine needs to be retired. It was once a superstar V6, but now it's just a so-so power plant and what a groaner.
Braking commentsQuite a nose dive and so-so stopping distances. After a few runs, there was some brake pad odor, but no smoke. Moderately soft pedal remained from first to last stop. Acceptable straight stability without feeling light or wiggly in back.
Handling commentsSlalom: If this Pathfinder is based on the Quest minivan, they've sure tuned the chassis to feel like it. Lazy in transition, the weight feels concentrated high and to the rear, so the nondefeat ESC is there to save the day -- but too late and too abruptly. This old-style, throw-the-anchor-at-the-last-second ESC is pretty rare these days. Most manufacturers' systems intrude earlier, less abruptly and return control to the driver sooner. It's a philosophical choice Nissan made. I made all the passes in Auto AWD to allow it to direct power where it thought it could be best used, but it's just not a sporty-feeling SUV at all -- more like a three-row people mover with an SUV wrapper. Skid pad: Again, a fairly pointless exercise with predictably low limits and ESC cutting throttle and checking understeer with brakes. Steering is remarkably light for a Nissan and entirely appropriate for the typical (new) Pathfinder driver.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/5/2012
Test locationFontana, CA
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)76.9
Relative humidity (%)35.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.77
Wind (mph, direction)0.3, head/crosswind
Odometer (mi.)1,977
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/25 highway/21 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.5 (over 550 miles, about 75 percent of which were highway)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.5

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM/CD Bose audio system, 13 speakers
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard USB input
Satellite radioStandard
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional DVD player, two 7-inch screens mounted on back of front headrests
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard, includes audio streaming
Navigation systemStandard, DVD-based, 7-inch screen (measure diagonally)
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsStandard Around View Monitor 360-degree camera system, standard rear sonar
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,471
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,545
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54.3/47.7
Length (in.)197.2
Width (in.)77.2
Height (in.)69.6
Wheelbase (in.)114.2
Track, front (in.)65.7
Track, rear (in.)65.7
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)41.7
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)30.7
Headroom, front (in.)41.1
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)36.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)60.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)60.4
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)57.1
Seating capacity7
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)79.8
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)47.8
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)16.0
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,000


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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