At the Chicago Auto Show earlier today, MotorWeek announced the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder as the winner of the "Best Large Utility" category in its annual 2013 Drivers' Choice Awards. The newly-redesigned Pathfinder was recognized for its shift to increased comfort and luxury compared to past models.
Pathfinder and the other 2013 Drivers' Choice Awards winners will be featured in a special episode of MotorWeek, which will air on public television stations nationwide beginning February 9, and on Discovery's Velocity Network television channel beginning February 19.
Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, said: "The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was completely redesigned to provide best-in-class standard towing capacity with cargo space for the entire family, and neither were compromised in pursuit of class-leading fuel efficiency. This honor solidifies the Pathfinder's unparalleled versatility, and we sincerely thank MotorWeek for their recognition." ;
The Drivers' Choice Awards recognize the best models in a variety of lifestyle categories ranging from family sedan to luxury car, large utilities and pickups. Awarded annually since 1983, MotorWeek bases its Drivers' Choice Awards on superior performance, technology, practicality, dollar value and driving experience. Unlike other industry benchmarks, MotorWeek's award categories reflect consumer buying trends and the full range of buyer preferences.
MotorWeek senior executive producer and longtime host John Davis added: "With a lighter unibody chassis and V6-only power, the Nissan Pathfinder remains plenty capable off road and can still tow 5,000 pounds." In 2012, Pathfinder was honored with an Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics for its versatility, styling and cargo-hauling utility.
The all-new 4th generation Pathfinder features a completely redesigned chassis and body, which, in conjunction with a class-exclusive Xtronic CVT® transmission*, helps the vehicle to attain class-leading fuel economy** of 26 mpg highway and a more comfortable ride than the outgoing model. Despite its increase in fuel efficiency, the 2013 Pathfinder is now a slightly larger vehicle as well, with best-in-class interior passenger volume* and best-in-class front headroom and front legroom*.
While the level of comfort and convenience is further augmented by segment-exclusive convenience technology such as Around View Monitor***, a class-exclusive 3rd row recline* and Easy Fill Tire Alert*, the Pathfinder maintains its capability with a class-leading standard towing capability* of 5,000 lbs and intuitive 4WD, featuring class-exclusive selectable 2WD, Auto and 4WD lock modes*.
VIDEO All-New 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Earns Top Honors at Chicago Auto Show