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#6 of 82 Manufacturing of the 2013 Pathfinder will begin in August
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Aug 03, 2012 (6:09 pm)
"At a media preview here for the 2013 Pathfinder coming this fall, Nissan North America officials confirmed fuel economy figures for the new-generation crossover and said its 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 combined rating will lead the segment. The Pathfinder is one of the last large SUVs to make the conversion from body-on-frame architecture to a lighter unibody structure."
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy Leaps 30 Percent, Leads Class (Inside Line)
#7 of 82 Release date
Sep 18, 2012 (10:23 am)
Anyone know when this will be released? It's becoming like the Ford Fusion - pics but no date and it's becoming somewhat stale.
#8 of 82 Re: Release date [hoboray]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (10:48 am)
NissanUSA.com still says "this fall." Maybe they are stockpiling some so they can push a bunch out to the dealers close to the same time.
Don't see any in a quick search in CA using our Search Inventory tool under the New Cars tab above.
#9 of 82 Coming End Sept. Early October
Sep 18, 2012 (10:55 am)
our dealership here in st louis is getting one next week for training purposes. the salesman tells me to expect them in October!
#10 of 82 Re: Coming End Sept. Early October [renee608]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 18, 2012 (10:56 am)
Well, that's still "fall". Barely.
#11 of 82 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Full Test
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 19, 2012 (9:35 am)
"Nearly as Nice as the Infiniti
As in the Infiniti, materials quality is high and although the attractively grained dash isn't soft to the touch, this is no great disappointment in the Nissan version. The center stack controls are a bit different from the JX's buttons and dials, but they feel equally sturdy and all the functionality is there — well, all except for the Plasmacluster cabin ionizer and its grape polyphenol air filter.
Pricing is competitive, too, as our fully loaded Platinum model undercuts similarly equipped versions of the Explorer, Flex, and Traverse. The CX-9 and Pilot are less expensive options, but you'd have to give up a few of the Pathfinder's amenities.
If you live in a non-minivan household and you're shopping for a family mobile, go ahead and put the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder on your list. Even if you don't love driving it, your family is probably going to like riding in it." (Inside Line)
#12 of 82 First Drive!
Oct 28, 2012 (9:34 am)
Local dealer called me Saturday morning and had received their first 2013 Pathfinder. My wife and I went down and checked it out. Very impressive in person. Its was a Platinum with 4 wheel drive and Premium package....so fully loaded. We have looked at the Highlander Limited and Pilot Touring and were waiting for this to drop so we could compare. Here are my thoughts.
I will start with interior.
1. Interior room is fantastic. The third row access is super easy and the 3rd row even reclines.
2. Quality of leather is above the Highlander and Pilot.
3. Controls look daunting at first but after test driving it, they are very easy to learn and use. Much easier thatn Pilot but not as simple as the Highlander.
4. Lots of sq. ft of plastic on the dash, but I have never cared since I don't sit or rub the dash for long periods of time.
5. Console storage is ample and there are more than enough smaller storage areas like cupholders available.
6. Headroom and legroom were comfortable for me being 6'2. I am confident people that are taller will have no issues.
7. FOlding seats flat for moving something big is a snap and the rear storage compartment is large enough to carry some small items like shoes, small boxes, purses.
8. Panaromaic roof is cool. We have one in our Venza and it does brighten up the interior.
1. So much better in person than online. The lines of the rig flow very nicely.
2. There is a nice balance or metal, chrome, and plastic.
3. The wheels on the platinum look good!
4. Power liftgate is adjustable....meaning you can set it to only go up so far if you have limited garage access.
5. The all around view camera is a trip! Will take some getting used to when look at all different sides of the car. The rear view camera is cool in the fact that as you turn the wheel, the lines on the display move with it to show you where you will be backing up to.
6. Step in height is perfect...not too high for a avg. sized person.
7. Visibility was decent. I thought the highlander was a bit better, but I think this is similar to the Pilot.
1. Stereo is top notch. Similar to the top of the line system in the Highlander and definitely better than the Pilot Touring system.
2. The tri zone enterntainment system is a nice feature vs the one screen overhead systems in the pilot and highlander, but to be honest we don't really care. Our kids use ipads or other stuff to entertain themselves on longer trips, but you can't get the Panoramic roof on the Platinum without getting this system. We didn't get a chance to actually use it on the test drive though.
3. Like above the around view monitor is very useful feature and the programmable remote key fob is nice feature. Remote start, setting of climate controls, and even the heated/cooled seats can be programmed and then you can remote start the rig.
4. It has both backup camera and rear sensors. The Pilot Touring does too, but highlander does not.
5. The toughscreen display is very clear...similar to Toyota but easier to touch and access vs the Pilot.
6. The driver info screen between the speedo and tachometer is handy of instant info. Reminds me of a similar screen at the top of the dash in the Highlander and Venza. Same function with trip and mileage info, but Pathfinder shows more items like 4x4 drive status and tire pressures.
1. Drives wonderfully! The CVT that some were skeptical when it comes to performance and noise under acceleration were not apparent on our drive. It was very smooth and noise was no more than any other crossover rigs I have driven.
2. Felt very stable in cornering and brakes had little fade.
3. Doesn't feel as big when you are behind the wheel.
4. More driver feedback vs. the Highlander and the very numb pilot. Meaning you felt like you were really involved and engaged driving the pathfinder. More car-like feel and performance. The Highlander is similar but still not as fun. The Pilot felt very spartan and somewhat boring to drive...even spirited driving the pilot felt like it was a chore.
We are definitely interested in it. They only had the one and it was white with black leather. We don't want white so when more start to roll in, we will most likely buy one. The white wants the Platinum, fully loaded.
The highlander is a close second based on price and overall quality, but if really feels small and light...which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Had the pathfinder not been re-done, I would buy a Highlander today.
The Pilot, although the touring is fantastic just doesn't measure up. I really like it though. I htink the styling, albeit a bit boxy is fine. But the interior doesn't have the finish and feel of the Toyota and Nissan. And real world MPG can't compare to the Pathfinder.
I think the Pathfinder compares more to an Acura MDX, but with MUCH better mpg.
If you are on the fence about a crossover, thrid seat mini-suv...go check it out. It's worth a look.
#13 of 82 Re: First Drive! [kartdad]
Oct 29, 2012 (5:31 pm)
It sounds nice. You'll probably want to wait a few months until inventory builds up and prices come down. Incidentally, I believe new Highlander and Pilot models are due for 2014. May come out sometime in 2013. Don't know anything about them other than the Pilot is supposed to move away from the boxy look and the Highlander is thought to get a bit bigger inside.
#14 of 82 Re: First Drive! [berri]
Oct 29, 2012 (8:18 pm)
I have a good friend that is sales manager at my local dealer that has already given me a great price on new Pathfinder. I don't see the 2014 Highlander being too much of a departure from current model. Even if it is a bit bigger, that doesnt sway me enough, and Toyota won't drastically change the vehicle that may infringe on Forerunner sales. And the Pilot would have to be very different for me to even consider it. I would think they wouldn't want to make it too nice that would bite into the MDX. Would rather have an MDX before a Pilot.
#15 of 82 Re: First Drive! [kartdad]
Oct 30, 2012 (9:34 am)
Sounds just as great as I heard about. I am waiting for my local dealer to let me know when they have one to look at. I'm in the Cincinnati area.
Where are you located that the dealer has received one.