Austin’s Family SUV: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2013 Pathfinder is Austin’s Family SUV

These days it seems that the “Utility” in Sports Utility Vehicle in Austin is getting a new definition. Originally the idea and design of an SUV was meant for towing, hauling a big payload or taking an off-road adventure. Now an SUV in Austin is a typical family vehicle used for transporting children to school and practice and hauling groceries.

2013 Pathfinder Austin

Just like original SUVs the Pathfinder was heavy and built like a truck. It was meant for the beaten path and to withstand rugged conditions. It didn’t get great fuel economy nor did it seat passengers comfortably. But the new 2013 Pathfinder has been completely redesigned to accommodate the growing demand for a family-styled SUV in Austin.

When creating the new design, Nissan took into consideration that people generally appreciated a more spacious and comfortable interior and good mpg over capabilities of driving in extreme conditions. The new 2013 Pathfinder shares the same unibody as the JX Crossover. It’s significantly lighter than its predecessors weighing a whopping 500 lbs. less. Dropping the weight helped improve fuel economy to 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway*. This now puts the Pathfinder at the head of the class, including the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.

Even though the 2013 Pathfinder gives up some of its towing and payload it can still tow up to 5,000 lbs. That’s still an incredible towing capacity for a midsized, seven-passenger SUV whose daily duties will most likely only be driving the family to and from destinations. For convenience the Pathfinder offers a sliding second row seat that can tilt even with a child seat in place providing easy access for the spacious third row.

Its smooth performance, spacious and comfortable cabin, incredible fuel economy all factor into the 2013 Pathfinder being equipped to compete against other top, seven passenger SUVs. It has definitely adapted to become more family friendly in the growing Austin market for family SUVs vs. off-road SUVs.

Come to Nissan of San Marcos and take the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder out for a family test drive.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.