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2013+ Pathfinder, The Best Family Vehicle?

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Kelly Blue Book seems to think it is, do you?

NISSAN PATHFINDER NAMED #1 BEST FAMILY VEHICLE OF 2013 BY KELLEY BLUE BOOK'S KBB.COM

This year's number one is the completely re-invented Pathfinder. The legendary capability remains with Class Exclusive Intuitive 4WD, but the 2013 boasts a more comfortable ride, better handling, and Best-in-Class Fuel Economy. Families will love the clever EZ Flex™ Seating System that gives access to the 3rd-row even when a child seat is installed in the 2nd-row. The innovative, Class-exclusive Around View® Monitor provides four wide-angle views of the surroundings and helps make parking a snap.
 

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It's hard to argue against it, but every family's needs are different. Also, seems KBB was assuming all features considered, i.e. Platinum Premium.

Our family requires AWD/4WD, so that pretty much eliminates minivans, which a lot of families will consider to be the best family vehicles. We shopped PF, Pilot, Highlander, and Durango and came away feeling confident that the PF was the best choice for our family, and also one of the better looking, inside and out. The differentiators, as KBB has highlighted, are the around view, ez flex seating, tri-zone entertainment, and panoramic moonroof. Not many SUVs come with remote start either. The around view has come in handy for ensuring we're parked evenly between the lines, and also for parking next to curbs. EZ flex is great, but may be more limited if you have two rear facing carseats installed in the 2nd row.

I think the Platinum Premium should have come standard with blind spot detection and an integrated sunshade in the 2nd row. I know there are aftermarket sunshades, but they get less coverage and I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten they're there and tried to put a back window down.
 

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Have you noticed all the owners comments on the KBB site, about the CVT transmission issues ?
Yet KBB calls it the best family vehicle. I noticed several other reviews by auto magazines have also turned a blind eye to the CVT issues. Not only do these magazines challange their integrity by doing this, they also do the public a disservice. I'm not hearing as much news on this issue lately and I wonder why.
For the record...I have a 2013 Pathfinder with 2900 miles on it, which I love. It has displayed some minor and short lived shuddering issues approximately every 800 miles. If it weren't for this CVT issue, the Pathfinder would be a top selling SUV across the board.
 

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10,000 miles and no judder. Took it on a 400 mile road trip last weekend and it performed flawlessly. This thing is built for the highway...smooth, steady and relatively quiet. We averaged 25.3 mpg for the trip, which is hard to match for any legitimate 7-seater. Tons of room, great 3rd row access and comfort, and looks **** good. Great family vehicle.
 

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I think that the Pathfinder is a great family vehicle, but I am not sure if I would call it the best family vehicle. I was quite impressed with the Acura MDX. It has slightly less third row capacity, but it gets great fuel economy and has an awesome rear entertainment system to keep your kids happy.
 

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Honestly I would say they are right

If it wasn't for that pesky CVT that seems quite experimental.
 

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I bet that the owners who have trouble-free PF will agree, while the owners who had nothing but trouble with their PF (like me), will think the honor is not deserved. I think the PF could be the best family SUV if Nissan could fix the CVT issue, and had not made the PF so cheaply on the inside. The rattles, pieces coming off and passenger air bag issue are all troublesome.

I suspect the 2014 Toyota Highlander (redesigned) is going to give the PF a run for it's money in this SUV category. Toyota has added alot of the amenities that the PF has to it's 2014 models, plus it will have a fully functioning transmission.
 

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...and had not made the PF so cheaply on the inside. The rattles, pieces coming off and passenger air bag issue are all troublesome.
Huh?

I've owned a LOT of vehicles from different manufacturers in my adult life. Without a doubt, this is probably one of the most rattle free interiors I've experienced to-date. Not sure what you're seeing, but I've yet to encounter a single rattle - and everything seems very well screwed together.
 
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Huh?

I've owned a LOT of vehicles from different manufacturers in my adult life. Without a doubt, this is probably one of the most rattle free interiors I've experienced to-date. Not sure what you're seeing, but I've yet to encounter a single rattle - and everything seems very well screwed together.
Other than one rattle in the second row seats (which I had fixed), everything else in the interior is very nice in my opinion, as well. This is the best interior I've had out of all the cars I've owned, so far.
 

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Family vehicle ? O.K., I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that it is an ideal family SUV/CUV.
I'm past car seats and baseball gear but can certainly attest to the PF's ability to be multifunctional in other areas.
A great comfortable ride to work and back daily with plenty of room for anything I could need to transport. Trips so not so auto friendly construction sites are routine. That means rock,mud, jumping curbs, tight turns and other obstacles that have yet to stop me.

At night it goes into double duty carrying tons of drums and sound gear. I can fit more stuff in this car then any other, and when It gets to be too much to load I can hook up and easily pull a trailer. Believe me that at 2:00 AM leaving a show it is real nice to get in a quiet, comfortable, solid vehicle that can plow thru winter snow and get my tired behind home.

so take note KBB, while it's a great family vehicle don't for a minute think that's all it's good for
 

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Huh?

I've owned a LOT of vehicles from different manufacturers in my adult life. Without a doubt, this is probably one of the most rattle free interiors I've experienced to-date. Not sure what you're seeing, but I've yet to encounter a single rattle - and everything seems very well screwed together.

Good thing you didn't have to spend alot of time in my PF - it was a rattle trap!! Even the Nissan specialist couldn't figure out how to fix the rattle - it came from multiple places in the dashboard.
 

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Honestly I would say they are right

If it wasn't for that pesky CVT that seems quite experimental.
I'd like to throw my two cents in on this issue....IMHO, the CVT is an astonishing piece of engineering, a fact that I am constantly reminded of every time I drive my wife's Pathfinder.

As I noted before in other threads, the MPG meter on this car will often read in the 30-40 range when traveling in the vehicle's "sweet spot" of 45-50mph on a relatively slope-free/flat highway, and it does this at a mere 1,100-1,200 engine rpms; that is amazingly efficient. We drove to Tampa last night, and I observed much of the same....when we left, the MPG average was at 22.1 MPG (thanks to my wife's lead foot), and after putting around 100 more mixed city/hwy miles on the vehicle, the MPG meter was up to 25.7. Again, this is class-leading fuel economy for a non-hybrid vehicle of its size.

If you take the time to learn how to drive this vehicle, you can get mileage results that are in excess of the EPA estimates, and that are in line with competitor's Hybrid mileage averages, and I attribute that in large part to the super-efficient CVT, troublesome and problem-prone as the design has been for many.

Once its perfected and all the problems finally ironed out, I think it will one day be regarded as a milestone piece of automotive engineering. Just my 2 cents.
 

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I agree

Bang for the buck it is no doubt a great family vehicle. We purchased it over a '14 Grand Cherokee Limited that I was researching to buy since it came out (love at first site?) Why? The sliding 2nd row to access a "usable" 3rd row and the extra space over the Jeep. We managed to get a Platinum for under $39K which is much less that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with a luxury package and Nav upgrade.

Major Cons for me however is the lack of a full time AWD function that doesn't revert back to Auto as the vehicle is practically a FWD. Driving home today in the NJ snow, I constantly found myself locking the gears at stops, especially when stopped at hills and when making turns. The others would be that the tech on this car is comparable to my old 2010 Maxima and lack of "platinum" amenities - where are there LED, xenon lights, side mirror turn signal(family safety)...oh that's right, Nissan screwed us PF owners by putting all of that it the miniPF Rogue!!! (I mean, what's the purpose of the he iDrive? System but to show as the PF from a rear birds eye view!?!?)

Pro: price, fuel economy, tri-zone entertainment(I don't have to listen to Mickey Mouse clubhouse all the time!!!) and tri zone climate control. When he had to bring home my sons furniture from the store, it fit perfectly with the 3rd row half down...that would have never fit in there Grand Cherokee without a flipping rear glass window!

Am weary about the tranny issues but well aware of how to avoid it that I haven't ran into the issue much. As I've said, back for the buck makes it a great family vehicle and am looking forward to next year for its first road trip in the summer with a toddler and an infant:cool:
 

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No issues yet

Ive owned my pF SV since July and have hit the road hard. No issues yet, it drives great and i drove a Volvo S80 for years. Our 2011 maxima is funner but the PF is far from what it used to be.
 

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Ive owned my pF SV since July and have hit the road hard. No issues yet, it drives great and i drove a Volvo S80 for years. Our 2011 maxima is funner but the PF is far from what it used to be.
That's awesome chitownben. A '13 pathfinder SV and an '11 maxima. EXACTLY the two cars that my wife and I drive. Matching slate gray colors. Haha


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Obviously this is a pathfinder forum but I am afraid I have to be the contrarian. Although I am sure pathy is a great family vehicle calling it the best is a bit of a stretch. I am afraid that honor has to go to the minivan, despite how much some of despise them.

Try packing two kids under 2 years old, their parents, gear, and in-laws with bad knees into a pathfinder, flex seating and all. And minivans can be had with AWD if you must have it.
 

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Obviously this is a pathfinder forum but I am afraid I have to be the contrarian. Although I am sure pathy is a great family vehicle calling it the best is a bit of a stretch. I am afraid that honor has to go to the minivan, despite how much some of despise them.

Try packing two kids under 2 years old, their parents, gear, and in-laws with bad knees into a pathfinder, flex seating and all. And minivans can be had with AWD if you must have it.
I guess the best way to put it, is that the pathfinder is one of the best family vehicles in it's class.

I also see the same problems in it that you do and with how you explained it, a larger SUV like an Infiniti QX80 or a more affordable minivan is much more family friendly due to the extra space.
 

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Obviously this is a pathfinder forum but I am afraid I have to be the contrarian. Although I am sure pathy is a great family vehicle calling it the best is a bit of a stretch. I am afraid that honor has to go to the minivan, despite how much some of despise them.

Try packing two kids under 2 years old, their parents, gear, and in-laws with bad knees into a pathfinder, flex seating and all. And minivans can be had with AWD if you must have it.
This artical in Motortrend about the 2014 Toyota Highlander indicates that the author agrees with you about the minivan being a better "family" choice ["Maybe one day customers will wake up and realize what a bogus segment this is, and learn to love the minivan."]
and I would agree, too. I had a popular minivan and could pack far more into it than I can the PF. I don't need a minivan anymore so I am fine with the PF.

@ cbjw [I suspect the 2014 Toyota Highlander (redesigned) is going to give the PF a run for it's money in this SUV category. Toyota has added alot of the amenities that the PF has to it's 2014 models, plus it will have a fully functioning transmission.] Read the artical to find out how low Toyota set their standards for the Highlander.
[That’s the story of the refreshed, third-gen Highlander in a nutshell: It isn’t bad. It’s not particularly interesting, wonderful, game-changing, groundbreaking, innovative, a swing for the fences, or even class-leading. But it’s not a bad trucklike people-mover. The new Highlander is easier on the eyes; the interior has been jazzed up a touch; and the big girl doesn’t seem to wobble around as much as the last one did. Toyota achieved its goals. I just wish it had aimed higher.]
 
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