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Nissan has just taken the sheet of its 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, boasting sleek new styling and a 500 lb. weight reduction that will help with the vehicles overall fuel economy.

The new Pathfinder is the only vehicle in its class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes for the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. Power will come from a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine, which is the only motor available. Nissan’s Xtronic CVT will put the power to the road, and is the only transmission choice.

The 500 lb. weight loss, and use of CVT transmission helps to net the Pathfinder an estimated 20/26/22 mpg city/highway/combined rating. It is also the first iteration of the Pathfinder to depart from the body-on-frame setup of the past, and weighs in at 4149 pounds for the FWD model, and 4290 pounds for the AWD model.

According to Nissan, the Pathfinder has the best passenger volume, front headroom and legroom in its class. It also has reclining back-row seats, and EZ Flex seating system to help ingress and egress for the third row passengers. Easy fill tire alert and an all around view monitor system are other Nissan exclusive technologies that make it into the redesigned Pathfinder. Other interior appointments include leather seating, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, programmable Nissan intelligent key and tri-zone entertainment system among others.

Towing capacity is rated at 5000 lb. on the new Pathfinder, which is a 2000 lb. drop from the previous generation thanks to a smaller motor, CVT and unibody frame.

More: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Crosses Over on AutoGuide.com
 

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I think because the pathfinder has selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD modes it will help it reach out to a wider range of SUV buyers. Those looking for a good off-road vehicle and people who want power when they want it and fuel efficiency.
 
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