The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder jumps right into what's now the heart of the family market—high-function crossover utility vehicles that trade off some of the old expected ruggedness and truck brawn in favor of improved comfort, versatility, safety, and efficiency.
The Pathfinder weighs hundreds of pounds less than the Dodge Durango or the Chevrolet Traverse (or the Traverse's siblings, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave), and it's a difference you can feel from the driver's seat.
On the other hand, both the Dodge and those large GM crossovers offer more comfortable seating all around—especially in the second row, compared to the Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder's toughest competition may come from the Ford Explorer, which is very refined, handles quite well, and offers more safety-tech features than the Pathfinder.
Otherwise, the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are two models that are both quite a bit shorter than the Pathfinder.
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