Nissan introduced a new generation of the Pathfinder for the 2013 model year, and now gives it a significant midcycle refresh, including new styling and a new engine.

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Under the hood, the Pathfinder gets a direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6, good for 284 horsepower.

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Nissan made some styling changes to the front, aiming for a more traditional SUV look, but also implemented aero features, such as active grille shutters.

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Nissan puts the Pathfinder up against the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer.

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The Pathfinder offers 7 inches of ground clearance and an all-wheel-drive system that includes a locking differential.

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A descent control feature applies individual braking to wheels to prevent slip, and requires no input from the driver besides steering as the vehicle makes its way down a slope.

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An expanse of hard plastic covers the dashboard, durable but not pleasing to the touch.

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The Pathfinder uses a hydraulic steering system with an electric pump to maintain pressure.

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The Pathfinder comes in four trims: S, SV, SL and Platinum. That last one is shown here.

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The middle row seats slide forward to improve access to the third row.

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The continuously variable transmission does not include a manual mode with programmed shift points, but does offer a Low range.

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You can select the all-wheel-drive mode at the turn of a dial.

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The infotainment controls carry over from previous Nissan vehicles.

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