2013 Nissan Pathfinder: First Drive Page 2

October 18, 2012

2013 Nissan Pathfinder - First Drive - 10/2012

The Pathfinder's exterior is attractive, if not gorgeous for a big wagon, yet the interior is perplexingly plain, with the drab materials and hues potentially to blame. And comfort is a mixed bag; while we found plenty of space, split over all three rows, the second row in particular seemed unnecessarily low, hard, and flat. It does slide fore and aft up to 5.5 inches though. And a new Latch and Glide system permits you to flip forward the entire portion of the second row—with a child seat still mounted on the seat (but not the child)—for better access to the third row.

A great feature set—without the leading-edge items

With a feature set that's oriented toward comfort-and-convenience items and not gee-whiz technology, the new Pathfinder is going to please some and leave others feeling like there's something missing—tech features like a blind-spot system, adaptive HID headlamps, or a more sophisticated infotainment system. Perhaps that's to come, but the Pathfinder has a great set of features in its mid-range SV and SL trims. We'd probably settle for one of those, as while you get things like cooled front seats, Bose audio, and a cool Around View Monitor in the top Platinum, it's in Infiniti JX35 territory.

While we have some critical quibbles, we realize that what family shoppers want—more features, comfort, space, and safety—can take precedence. From what we've seen of the way the 2013 Pathfinder looks, rides, and drives it's near spot-on for those reshuffled priorities. This is a vehicle that will surely beat down a path to a much larger piece of the market.

See our full review of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for more details and observations, as well as pictures, specs, and pricing.
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