2013 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

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Safety

The Pathfinder comes with all the typical passenger-car safety technology, in features that include stability control, a traction control system, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, and six standard airbags, with the side-curtain airbags offering a rollover sensor and covering outboard positions in all three rows. A standard Easy Fill Tire Alert is also potentially helpful in sounding the horn when you've inflated the tires to the recommended pressure.

Most versions of the Pathfinder have a rearview camera system as well as rear sonar parking assistance, but only Platinum versions wrap in a multi-view camera system that can make a huge difference in outward visibility, whether on a tight trail or backing out of the driveway.

We don’t yet know how the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder will fare in crash tests, but its feature set is missing some helpful tech features that are fast becoming expected, at least as options.

If you thoroughly peruse the list of what’s included here versus in rival family-crossover and rugged-crossover models, there are two pretty significant groups of safety-tech items that are missing from the Pathfinder. One is active-safety features such as lane-departure warning or blind-spot warning systems; the other is off-road aids such as hill descent control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Pathfinder four out five stars in frontal and rollover crash tests, and the crossovers a five-star rating for side impacts.

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