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That is still to be determined, both in terms of crash-test ratings and real-world performance.

When this was written, the redesigned 2013 Pathfinder had not undergone crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates the 2013 Pathfinder SUV with an overall four out of five stars in its crash tests, five out of five in side-impact testing and four out of five in its rollover test.


It is always risky to compare a redesigned vehicle such as the Pathfinder to its predecessors in terms of safety, and in this particular case it would be comparing apples to oranges. The 2013 Pathfinder has unibody construction instead of the previous body-on-frame design, and it has shed about 500 pounds to improve fuel economy. Safety performance could be different because of the switch to unibody and the weight loss, but it isn't possible to predict whether it will be better or worse.

Crash-test results often are a good predictor of how a vehicle will fare in collisions with other vehicles and objects, but real-world results sometimes paint a different picture. Some vehicles that perform well in crash tests may not do as well in real-world accidents with vehicles that are larger and heavier or because they are prone to rollover. It typically takes three to four years after a vehicle is redesigned for significant real-world accident data to be available.

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Answered by Rick Popely on March 1, 2013 in How Safe is This Car? , Nissan , Nissan Pathfinder | Permalink

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