Popular Mechanics recently unveiled its first-ever Auto Excellence Awards, naming 10 different entries to its list of “10 Favorite Cars of the Year.” Among them: The all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which joined the roster as its MVP—Most Versatile Player.
That’s because while “Drivers expect [today’s crossovers] to haul passengers like a minivan, tow like an SUV, and deliver the fuel economy of a smaller passenger car,” according to PM, “the all-new Nissan Pathfinder hits those marks, and with a dollop of innovation too.”
For example, the redesigned Pathfinder can handle up to seven occupants with ease, thanks in part to its EZ Flex second row and best-in-class passenger volume; it also can handle hauling duties with the same kind of aplomb, backed by a standard tow rating of 5,000 lbs.; and the new Nissan even features best-in-class fuel-economy marks, achieving EPA grades of up to 20 mpg city/26 mpg combined. And that’s with a standard 260-hp V6 engine beneath the hood.
Innovation? There’s plenty, ranging from segment exclusives like a 360-degree Around View Monitor and Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert System to modern-day must-haves like Bluetooth technology and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
“The new Pathfinder carries on the tradition of the previous generations of adventure-ready Pathfinders that have come before—offering a new level of family enjoyment and engagement that is just right for today’s real-world, everyday uses,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of the Nissan brand in North America. “After more than 25 years, Nissan is ready to tackle new terrain and the new challenges of modern family lives with the Next-Gen SUV, the 2013 Pathfinder.”