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Nissan Pathfinder review

This new model is competent but uninspiring

Consumer Reports magazine: May 2013

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With its 2013 redesign, the Pathfinder was transformed from a rugged, truck-based SUV capable of venturing off-road and towing hefty loads into a softer, gentler car-based SUV that’s more family friendly. It now provides easier access and a larger interior, which still holds three rows of seats and up to seven people. But the new model doesn’t stand out from the crowd.

It handles most of the basics of everyday driving pretty well. The ride is fairly comfortable; the 260-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine provides ample power and a competitive 18 mpg overall; and the cabin has easy-to-use, straightforward controls. The second-row seat can slide forward to clear a path to the third row, even when a child seat is installed in it—a handy feature.

But handling is disappointing. The Pathfinder lumbers through corners like a large truck. And the small back window inhibits the view straight back.

Overall this new model manages to be competent enough but uninspiring.

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