2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Published: September 22, 2013 | Post By: admin

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Have you had your eye on a new family-friendly 4×4? Read on for our comprehensive 2013 Nissan Pathfinder review, including the Nissan
2013 Nissan Pathfinder for sale Image: autoblog.com

2013 Nissan Pathfinder for sale Image: autoblog.com

Pathfinder price, and its competition!

The Line-up

Searching for a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for sale? Well, you can expect to have your pick of four variants: the entry-level 2.5L ST, the leather accented

ST-L, the reverse camera and satellite navigation-enhanced Ti, and the 3.0L V6 Ti 550.

Exterior and Style

The four Nissan Pathfinder variants are quite similar in appearance, with the ST-L, Ti and Ti 550 boasting roof racks and 17-inch alloy wheels. All models have a front chrome grille, body-coloured door handles, and a chrome rear door finisher. Overall, the styling errs on the side of a sporty 4×4, while remaining true to the traditional Pathfinder shape.

Interior and Comfort

Expect to find iPod connectivity in the standard ST, a leather accented seat trim in the ST-L, DVD entertainment system, satellite navigation system, and reverse camera with predictive path technology in the Ti, and all of the above in the Ti 550. Nissan says that they have “packed in all the comfort and

2013-Nissan-Pathfinder-interior Image: drivearabia.com

2013-Nissan-Pathfinder-interior Image: drivearabia.com

innovation you’d expect, so no matter where you’re off to with the family, getting there will be half the fun.”

Under the Bonnet

If you like diesel engines (although not everyone does) then you’re in luck. All four variants of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for sale are diesel, with the ST, ST-L and Ti showing off a 2.5L turbo diesel capable of 140kW/450nM, and the Ti 500 owning a 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine capable of

170kW/550Nm.

On the Road

Overall, the ride is quite good with the on-road ride motions being comfy and precise. The power steering has been said to be a little heavy, but the Hill Start Assist is a must-have. It also has a braked towing capacity of 3,000kg.

Safety

The Nissan Pathfinder has six airbags, as well as electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, ABS, brake assist and

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Rear View Image: lincah.com

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Rear View Image: lincah.com

vehicle dynamic control. The Pathfinder’s ANCAP safety rating is four stars.

Value for Money

The Nissan Pathfinder price starts at $48,890 for the entry level ST, and travels up to $76,390 for the premium Ti 550. This is quite a standard range for the Pathfinder’s category, even if the Ti 550 is on the heftier end of the price bracket.

The Competition

There are quite a few competitors in this category, including the Toyota Kluger, Mitsubishi Pajero, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Santa Fe.

In terms of price, we’re looking at much of a muchness here, with the Kluger sticking between $39,990 and $65,490, the Pajero asking between $50,990 and $73,990, the CX-9 ranging between $44,525 and $63,828, and the Santa Fe in the more demure $36,990 to $49,990 range.

The premium level petrol-powered Kluger is a tad more powerful than the Pathfinder however, pulling in 201kW/337Nm and the petrol-powered CX-9 is even better with 204kW/367Nm. Meanwhile, the comparative premium level diesel Pajero offers just 147kW/441Nm and the diesel Santa Fe pulls in 145kW/436Nm.

And as for styling, well you’d be forgiven for mistaking one for the other on the odd occasion.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder rear view Image: autoblog.com

2013 Nissan Pathfinder rear view Image: autoblog.com

The Verdict

While diesel might not be everyone’s cup of tea, the Nissan Pathfinder is a good choice for any 4×4 lover. It stays true to the trusty shape and styling we know, but adds new technology and features.

About Tim Marsh:

Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years.

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