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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Review: Trims, Features, Prices, Performance, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 22, 2020 at 06:27 AM
Nissan Pathfinder has always made a mark when it comes to a practical family car. You get a big, spacious, and comfortable cabin on the inside and bold looks on the outside. Although the Pathfinder was launched with the intent of being an outlandish and fun vehicle, with time, the character of the car has also aged well. Now the Pathfinder has become a big and affordable family bus with a lot of value for money.
2013 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder series is marketed as the family car. The series began in 1986 with a 2-door frame. Over the years, Nissan Pathfinder is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles. Since both the cars belong to the same generation, there are too few modifications that have taken place. But the platform used is the same. There is a slight hike in the fuel efficiency of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. Also, there are a ton of improvements in the driver-assist technology that Nissan has installed in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.

How does the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder stack up?

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been amongst the best mid-size SUVs on the ground. The major competition of the vehicle is the 2013 Ford Explorer and 2013 Dodge Durango. Each car has its own unique features that help them to differentiate and stand out. For the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, the vehicle is lighter and less costly than its competition. On the other hand, the 2013 Dodge Durango has covered the area of comfort. The 2013 Ford Explorer is more advanced technologically. But as time has passed, these vehicles have worked upon their competencies and on other aspects as well to emerge glorious in the competition.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder trims and features

Trim

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP (2WD/FWD)

$29,495

$32,755

$39,695

$40,395

MSRP (4WD)

$31,095

$34,355

$37,295

$41,995

Key Features

18-inch Aluminum alloy wheels

In addition to or replaces S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SV trim features with:

In addition to or replaces SL trim features with:

 

Energy-absorbing steering column

Bluetooth hands-free phone system

Heated mirror with a memory

Trailer Tow Package

 

Hill Start Assist

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Leather-appointed seating

Around View Monitor

 

Power window

AM/FM with 6 speakers from Bose

Heated front seat

Standard 120 Volt Power Outlet

 

Tri-zone air conditioning

7” color display

120 Volt Power outlet (Optional)

Bose® Premium Audio w/13 speakers including subwoofers, 8” color display

 

Keyless entry

Rearview Monitor

Inside rearview with auto-dimming and integrated compass

Streaming Audio via Bluetooth

 

AM/FM with 6 speakers from Bose

DVD navigation system with NavTraffic, NavWeather, and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide

   

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Suv Infotainment,Seating and Interior Features

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Specs & Features

Engine and performance

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has made major changes in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder’s engine configuration, which has improved its power delivery and the torque generated. But in comparison to the competition, the 2020 Ford Explorer takes the lead in performance.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

MSRP

$29,495

$32,775

$32,290

$36,675

Engine

3.5L/V-6

3.5L/ V-6

3.6L/ V-6

Intercooled Turbo 2.3L/ I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

Continuous Variable Ratio

CVT

8-speed automatic transmission

10-speed automatic transmission

Power (hp @ RPM

260@6400

284@6400

293@6400

300@5500

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

240@4400

259@4400

260@4000

310@3500

When compared to the rivals, the Nissan Pathfinder is not the most powerful of the lot. The crown is simply taken by the Ford Explorer with 300 Horses under the hood. However, the Pathfinder also has a hidden ace up its sleeve and that is the Tow Capacity. The Nissan has the highest tow capacity in the entire segment and that gives it an edge over the others in terms of practicality. Although the Pathfinder has a bigger engine, you will still have to go to the other side of the Rev-Counter to find the torques. 

How fast is the car?

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has improved in terms of speed. Its 0-60 mph timing is comparable to that of the 2020 Dodge Durango. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is also proven to be fuel-efficient and environment friendly considering the emission of CO2 that has taken place.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.4

7.4

7.4

5.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

15.7

15.8

14.4

Engine

3.5L/V-6

3.5L/ V-6

3.6L/ V-6

Intercooled Turbo 2.3L/ I-4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.3

7.8

8.4

9.8

In terms of acceleration, the Ford Explorer is the undoubted conqueror of the segment when it comes to acceleration. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder takes a sluggish 8.4 seconds to do 0-60 MPH. The 2020 version on the other hand does a better job but still does not stand a chance in front of that beast from Ford.

How does the car handle?

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has the steering type of power rack and pinion. In the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, the steering type has the manual type of rack and pinion steering, which increases the efforts to turn the wheel. In these terms, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s power rack and pinion steering provide ease of turning wheels to the driver. Both these vehicles have the same front and rare suspension type i.e. Strut and Multi-Link respectively. The longer wheelbase and loss of weight from the predecessor format of the car has helped the vehicle in maintaining stability while driving. the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has drivetrains of forwarding wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder gets a 3.5L V6

The adoption of the four-wheel-drive has enabled the car to perform well in rough terrains. The presence of shock-absorbing absorbers is a major addition to a vehicle that helps the driver to maintain control of the vehicle in case of a crash. Thus, in terms of drivetrains, there has been no major change. But the steering of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is effortless and provides better control to the driver.

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder 0-60 and Quarter Mile Times

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Towing Capacity

How good are the brakes?

In terms of braking, the 2020 Ford Explorer is winning by the 60-0 mph braking time. The curb weight might be a problem for Explorer in taking control of the vehicle.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.6

13

12.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.13

12.13

13

12.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4185

4293

4680

4345

60-0 (feet)

124

124

134

121

In this matter, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder is perfect as it enhances the control over the vehicle with a considerable brake rotor size.

How many miles to gallons does the car return?

There have been slight improvements in the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder from its predecessor in terms of economy. But the real winner for this category is going to the 2020 Ford Explorer offering a better fuel economy in similar fuel capacity. 2020 Dodge Durango has the advantage of having higher fuel capacity therefore, a longer journey with fewer brakes in comparison to the competition.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

MPG (City)

20

20

19

21

MPG (Highway)

26

27

26

28

MPG (Combined)

22

23

21

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5

19.5

24.6

19.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

390/570/471

390/526.5/451.43

467.4/639.6/555.89

403.2/537.6/463.68

There is a visible improvement in the fuel economy of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder from the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, but it is not keeping up with the competition.

Is the interior of the car a nice place to be in?

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is known to provide the best in class interior passenger capacity. It is a three-row, seven-seater SUV with best-in-class front headroom and legroom. The platform used has been able to help the vehicle deliver more flexibility in terms of improving space. The provision of tri-zone automatic control makes the car more homely, giving the driver, passenger and the rear passengers provision to select their climate zone, thus improving comfort.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder gets a bigger third-row in comparison to its rivals

Both second and third-row are foldable, providing even more cargo space. The dashboard and multimedia interface are in suitable distance from the driver, assisting him to focus on the ride. The seats are cotton and leather for higher trims but are comfortable in terms of adjustments. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has additional features like a seat memory system which helps the driver to adjust in the seat easily and have a comfortable ride.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

42.2/60.7/42.3

42.2/60.9/42.2

39.9/58.5/40.3

40.7/61.8/43

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/60.4/41.7

39.4/60.4/41.7

39.8/50.4/38.6

40.5/61.9/39

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.8/57.1/30.7

37.8/57.1/30.7

-

38.9/54.6/32.2

Trunk Capacity (Behind the first row) (cubic feet)

79.8

79.5

84.5

87.8

Trunk Capacity (Behind the Second row) (cubic feet)

42.4-47.8

47.4

47.4

47.9

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has become spacious by the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder but that is by a very slight margin. The vehicle offers a decent cargo space in comparison to the predecessor version. But the 2020 Ford Explorer has a better space when compared with the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Lower trims of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder have too few entertainment features and have just the basic components like that of speakers and AM/FM. The Platinum trim has a good range of technological components used for entertainment. 13 premium speakers from BOSE including woofers and an 8” display enhance the ride time. While the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder lacks in technological aspects, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has gained a lot in the technology and entertainment area. Availability of NissanConnect services which builds connectivity with Amazon Alexa is a major addition to the family.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Infotainment

The base model has an 8” MMI touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity. SiriusXM Travel Link is another feature which helps the passengers of the car to find various things like the nearest restaurant, nearest petrol pump, weather conditions, etc. on the go. This feature is not present in the S trim of the 2013 model. The entertainment area is not up to the mark considering the advancement in technology and competition. The 2020 Ford Explorer provides integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the features missing in 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.

Are the looks of the car enough to attract buyers?

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is built with the motive “innovation that excites”. The vehicle has a unibody platform that enhances the flexibility of the vehicle. The styling of Pathfinder is done to showcase style and strength. One peculiar feature is the heated side mirrors with memory. This helps the driver to set mirrors to enhance their visibility with ease of adjustment. The design emits luxury in its looks. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder offers a much wider variety of colors to the customers.

Models

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Ford Explorer

Curb Weight (lb)

4185

4293

4680

4345

Length (inches)

197.2

198.5

201.2

198.8

Width (inches) (without mirrors)

77.2

77.3

75.8

78.9

Height (inches)

69.6

69.5

71.9

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.5

7

8.1

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

114.2

119.8

119.1

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has improved in space in terms of exterior dimensions from the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. But the 2020 Dodge Durango has better space.

Safety features of the car

Both the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and 2020 Nissan Pathfinder are built on the Renault-Nissan D-platform. There are crumple zones in both front and rear parts of the vehicle used to deform and absorb energy to reduce the impact of a collision on the passengers. But this model lacks various other technological safety features like forwarding collision system, 360° view, and other features.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Crash Testing

Whereas the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder received the “2019 Top Safety Pick Award” for its headlights. Also, all the technological safety features which were absent in the 2013 model are present in the 2020 model. The active safety features of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder are Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, and many more.

Which one should you go for?

The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has grown from its predecessor, 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. It has improved in terms of space, performance, fuel economy, and safety. The Nissan Pathfinder has maintained its brand as a “family SUV” and made suitable provisions. The cargo space provided is one of the highlights of the car. The vehicle is easier to handle because of its low weight. Thus, it is suitable to buy the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder.

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing: Trims, MSRP, Ownership and Depreciation

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