The Nissan Pathfinder is one of the vehicles with a long and upstanding reputation. When it was introduced back in the late eighties, it marked the beginning of the SUV revolution. Now entering its fourth generation, the Pathfinder is now part of another revolution; the crossover revolution.

The 2013 Pathfinder says goodbye to its truck-based platform and uses a unibody platform. This means the new Pathfinder offers a more comfortable ride and better fuel economy than the outgoing model. It also means the new Pathfinder loses out on the go-anywhere ability the previous model had.

Powering the 2013 Pathfinder is a 3.5L VQ V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The power is routed through a CVT down to either the front-wheels or the optional Intelligent 4WD System that can monitor road conditions and split power evenly between front and rear wheels to provide needed traction. Fuel economy is rated at 20 City/26 Highway/22 Combined for the front-wheel drive model or 19 City/25 Highway/21 Combined for the Intelligent 4WD model.

Inside, the Pathfinder features seating for seven people and a flexible seating system that allows you to move the second-row seat forward while a child-safety seat is installed. Other features for the Pathfinder include a dual-panel moonroof that extends to the third row, Around View Monitor camera system, and four-inch display in the instrument cluster displaying key information to the driver.

Pricing for the 2013 Pathfinder starts at $28,650 for the base S front-wheel drive model and goes up to $41,850 for the top of the line Premium Platinum front-wheel drive model.  Intelligent 4WD adds about $1,600 to the price.

Competition for the 2013 Pathfinder includes the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.