In brief: The new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SUV sees a 500 pound weight drop and 30% better fuel economy.
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Make/Model: 2013 Pathfinder
The 2013 model year marks the fourth generation of the Pathfinder SUV, now in its 25th year of production. A new drive train featuring a 3.5L DOHC V6 and next-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) mark the biggest improvements in economy. Chassis and body materials improvements reduce weight overall by about 500 pounds, also helping with on-road economy. This includes a move to unibody construction for the Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder gets an all-new look as well. A sleeker, less yesteryear-boxy design improves aerodynamics and appeal and a slightly lower stance and fascia changes continue that trend.
Through all of this, the SUV retains its 3-row, 7-passenger capability and legendary off-road prowess. Interior space is increased with the new design by nearly eight and a half cubic feet.
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The Pathfinder remains the only vehicle in its class capable of both 2WD and AWD/4WD operations, giving the four wheel capability for off-road needs and the economy of two wheel drive on the road.
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