1. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
It took the Pathfinder a long time to forget its SUV heyday, but it looks like it finally crossed over.
As recently as a year ago, the Pathfinder was still being built to compete with the Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco. It was hopped up on trucks, still getting a paltry 18 miles per gallon and firmly believed a 4.0-liter V6 is something anyone wants in a family vehicle. This year it finally joined the rest of the modern automotive world by switching to a car-platform crossover, trimming to a 3.5-liter V6 and cutting fuel economy to a combined 23 miles per gallon. It still has seven seats and nearly 80 cubic feet of storage room with the two rows of rear seats down. The second row moves up five inches for easy rear-seat access and there's three-zone climate control to go with an available three-zone entertainment center.
If dad remembers the Pathfinder from its glory days, he's going to love the updates that have grown up with him.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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