The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder turned a lot of heads when it was unveiled earlier this year, for a number of reasons. The new Pathfinder replaces the previous generation's truck-based platform with a unibody design that is intended to be more comfortable and car-like, abandoning the old model's off-road pretensions. Bigger inside, bigger outside, and boasting an entirely fresh personality, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is aimed at a demographic of buyers who are more interested in hauling around their families than tearing down wilderness trails with reckless abandon.
In this way the Nissan Pathfinder has matured, joining a growing list of large crossover vehicles that have traded in their full-frame roots for the more civilized trappings of lighter, more fuel-efficient designs. Up against competition like the Ford Explorer, the Dodge Durango, and the always-lurking Toyota Highlander, the Pathfinder makes a strong play for the hearts and minds of those who aren't quite ready to lay down cash on a minivan.