Nissan introduced the all-new 2013 Pathfinder SUV. The 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved more than 30% over that of the 2012 Pathfinder. This significant increase fuel economy was achieved primarily through the new, aerodynamic vehicle design; a 500-pound weight reduction, reduced engine friction and the application of a class-exclusive, next-generation Xtronic CVT. Towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
|2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Click to enlarge.|
City, highway and combined average fuel economy numbers are 20 (city), 26 highway) and 22 (combined) mpg for the FWD version [11.8, 9 and 10.7 L/100km, respectively] and 19 (city), 25 (highway) and 21 (combined) mpg for the 4WD version [12.4, 9.4 and 11.2 L/100km, respectively].
All 2013 Pathfinders come equipped with a 260 hp (194 kW) 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine matched with the Xtronic CVT. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations and in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum.
The Pathfinder is now one of the lightest vehicles in its segment, with the FWD model weighing 4,149 pounds (1,882 kg). The 4WD Pathfinder weighs 4,290 pounds (1,946 kg).
Truck-based SUV sales peaked in the mid-2000s and have declined steadily as consumer demands shifted to more refined, fuel-efficient crossover SUVs. The 2013 Pathfinder is built with unibody construction, reducing its weight by eliminating the fuel-penalizing mass of a traditional SUV’s truck-based frame. In addition to making the Pathfinder a lighter vehicle, the new unibody chassis design increases Pathfinder’s structural rigidity over the previous model. The Pathfinder’s rigid platform is also key to maintaining the trailer-towing capability.