With the redesign, the Pathfinder trades its truck-like body-on-frame architecture for a unibody platform. Styling also takes a turn with flowing lines and curves replacing the old version’s boxy SUV shape.
Nissan says the 2013 Pathfinder’s fuel economy has improved by more than 30% over the V-6 2012 model (EPA rated at 15/22 mpg city/highway), thanks to a more aerodynamic body design, a loss of around 500 pounds, reduced engine friction and its next-generation CVT. The new models are rated at 20/26 mpg (front-wheel drive) and 19/25 mpg (four-wheel drive).
The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will be manufactured at Nissan’s Smyrna assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s fall on-sale date.