Just about everything is new on the 2013 Pathfinder except the name. In addition to an obvious switch to more flowing lines from the previous boxy, traditional SUV styling, the 2013 Pathfinder rides on a unibody platform instead of a truck-based body-on-frame design and has shed about 500 pounds.
It also uses a new 3.5-liter V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission. The previous version came with a 4.0-liter V-6 or a 5.6-liter V-8 and a five-speed automatic. Fuel economy has improved by about 30 percent, but towing capacity has dropped to 5,000 pounds from 7,000. Seating capacity remains at seven, and the second row now slides fore and aft, and the third row gains reclining seatbacks.
Prices on the 2013 Pathfinder will be announced later this fall, when sales are scheduled to begin.
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