Just in time for Halloween, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be going on sale later this month with a starting price of $29,095, including $825 for destination and handling for the base Pathfinder S model. A drastic departure from any Pathfinder that has come before it, the seven-passenger 2013 model sheds its truck-based frame for lighter unibody construction, like a car, shared with the Nissan Altima midsize sedan.
For the money, Nissan includes its new EZ Flex seating system as standard with rails that slide along the floor to give better access to the third row. Additionally, the base front-wheel-drive model boasts a standard 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 horsepower, down 6 horses from last year’s 4.0-liter. But last year’s rear-wheel-drive Pathfinder was much heavier and could only muster 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway at its best; the front-wheel-drive 2013 Pathfinder ekes out a considerably better 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway. The new engine comes paired exclusively to a continuously variable automatic, whether you opt for a front-wheel-drive version or spend the extra $1,600 for all-wheel drive. The gas-guzzling V-8 engine option available last year has been dropped altogether for the new model.
Moving on up, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SV costs $32,355, $1,110 less than last year’s version. The premium Pathfinder SL sports standard leather seating and a navigation system, among a long list of other features, for a starting price of $35,295, a $5,770 decrease from last year’s fully loaded model. But that might be because there’s now a Platinum version, carrying a price of $39,995.
Just because it’s now car-based doesn’t mean the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder should be considered lightly for your family hauling needs. Centered at the heart of the crossover market against rivals like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Chevrolet Traverse, the Pathfinder boasts a 5,000-pound towing capacity when optioned with all-wheel drive.
We’ll be driving it later this month, so check back with us soon to read our impressions of the reinvented 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.