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Inside the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder All-Wheel Drive System

For those in the Massachusetts area with questions about what to expect drive-wise on a crossover, a Boston Nissan Pathfinder dealership can definitely provide help.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder incorporates and engine power of 240 lb-ft of torque and 260 horsepower via its 3.5 liter 6-cylinder engine. So all of that energy needs to be transferred somewhere to control the vehicle. The Pathfinder utilizes a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, for power transfer.

The Pathfinder comes with two types of transmission, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system utilizes the CVT design, focusing most of the power transfer on the front wheels under normal driving conditions. The driver does have the option to lock down the center differential, which can be particularly useful on non-paved roads and dirt or gravel paths.

The design of the 2013 CVT approach puts an emphasis on fuel economy and acceleration via smaller gears. This approach gives up lower end torque and strength for higher end minimal fuel consumption. As a result, the Pathfinder puts out a mpg performance of 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Where a driver will see some added benefit in the 2013 design comes in towing. While no one expects the Pathfinder to pull a fifth wheel with gusto, the vehicle should have no problem moving 5,000 lbs of trailer or RV down a regular road. This works well for someone wanting to do some occasional towing of a pop-up tent trailer for a summer camping trip.

To get more information on how the Nissan Pathfinder works with the latest models, customers can easily contact their local Nissan Pathfinder Boston dealership with questions. The folks there will gladly respond with plenty of specifications and details on the Pathfinder’s drive control and other features.

For a closer look at the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder All-Wheel Drive system in Boston MA, check out our slideshow!

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