We’ve reviewed a number of 3-row crossover SUVs in the last year or so. Coming soon we will also be reviewing the Mazda CX-9 and, hopefully, the Ford Explorer with inflatable seatbelts as well as the Dodge Durango. Those models are already on showroom floors, but there are a couple more that should appear later in 2012. The refreshed 2013 Ford Flex and the all-new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.
The Flex gets some new styling, new power rear seating options and an active collision avoidance system in top trim levels.
The Pathfinder switches from a truck-based chassis to a unibody crossover SUV. It touts more interior space than its predecessor and a tilt-forward second row seat that allows access to the third row without uninstalling a child safety seat.
We hope to review both of these new models later this year!
In other news, the GMC Acadia Denali gets a refresh this fall for 2013. Said to be included is a front seat middle airbag that deploys between the driver and front seat passenger.
Finally, according to Ford reps at the auto show, the 3-row Ford C-Max Grand will not be coming to the USA in the near future. Instead, I was told that only the 5-passenger C-Max Energi hybrid line will debut this fall. Sad news for those looking for an alternative to the fuel-efficient Mazda5. Also, in minivan news, it sounds like there will not be a new Kia Sedona for 2013 as some had expected. All the other minivans are recently refreshed or re-designed, so don’t expect much on the minivan front for 2013!