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New generation Nissan Pathfinder SUV improves fuel economy by more than 30% over 2012 model

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.



SUV are looking more en more like car, so ok let's make car and close this SUV chapter that is just a stupid thing to start with


The answer is obvious - don't buy one.

And don't let anyone make you buy one.

Oh, you don't want anyone else to be able to buy one either.

Well, bless your heart.

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Even if you don't buy one you're still stuck with having trouble seeing around them, and if one of them hits you their too-high bumpers present much more of a threat than a passenger car would.

Vehicles like this are part of an "arms race" that only creates losers.  The "light truck" category in the CAFE regulations created them; it's long past time to get rid of them the same way.


Stick a 2 - 2.5L diesel engine in them and see if anyone buys it.


How many of those heavies are really essential or required? What would the world miss if they were banned, specially on city streets? People with addiction to them would get used to smaller vehicles quickly enough.

Roger Pham

Stick an equivalent of a 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost engine of about 240 hp and see if more people will buy it because of even further gain in fuel economy.
Already, losing 500 lbs and gaining 30% in fuel economy is quite an achievement.

However, banning this class of vehicle (SUV) for personal use is the most sensible action of all, for the sake of public safety and energy conservation. Those needing a AWD SUV for an occasional hunting trip can rent them.

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Nissan said these days a front-drive edition of the all-new 2013 Pathfinder will get 20 mpg in the town and 26 mpg on the road, figures that cause the large-crossover section.

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At a press review here for the 2013 Pathfinder coming this drop, Nissan Northern The united states authorities verified gas mileage numbers for the new-generation cross-over and said its 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mixed ranking will lead the section.....

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