(3.9) 80 reviews
MSRP: $12,020$25,512
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 21-22
Engine: 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 7
2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Our Take on the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Our Take

Nissan has completely redesigned the Pathfinder for the 2013 model year. It adopts a unibody platform instead of the prior model's body-on-frame design in order to get better gas mileage and driving refinement. The Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 and is offered in four trim levels:... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Loss of tough body-on-frame platform
  • Some will miss V-8 power
  • Less towing capability

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2013
  • Seats seven
  • FWD or 4WD
  • 260-hp V-6
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity


Our Expert Reviews

During my college days, there was a certain kind of boy that was messily preppy and had a penchant for the outdoors, good music and good times; this guy almost always seemed to drive a Nissan Pathfinder. Today, their days are spent at the office, at their kids' sporting events and yes, even driving carpool and going to the grocery store. Times have changed. Thankfully, the Pathfinder has... Read full review for the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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Consumer Reviews


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Best decision we could have made

by CFAM from Arizona on March 24, 2013

We test drove the 2013 Traverse and the Durango and almost bought one of the two until we drove the pathfinder. I was set on the Traverse and my wife wanted the Durango. Well the Pathfinder won us bot... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 9 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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