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  • 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

#20

in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $35,300 - $44,550
Invoice: $32,548 - $41,065
MPG: 25 City / 28 Hwy
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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid ranks 20 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Although it gets great fuel economy for the class, critics are unimpressed with the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid's slow acceleration and numb steering.

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is powered by a supercharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, and most reviewers agree that acceleration is tepid from a stop and highway passing power is in short supply. A continuously variable transmission is standard, and reviewers say it delivers power smoothly. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 25/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for an affordable midsize SUV. While most agree that it has a comfortable ride, many say that the Pathfinder doesn't drive as well as the gas-only Pathfinder, mentioning that the steering offers little feedback and that it takes awhile to acclimate to the grabbiness of the regenerative brakes.

Test drivers like that the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid's cabin is very similar to that of the non-hybrid Pathfinder, saying its materials look and feel high-end. They appreciate that the batteries for the hybrid powertrain don't take up passenger space, and write that most seating positions offer ample comfort. Critics add that the third row is not spacious enough for most adults to be comfortable, which is a common complaint among three-row SUVs. Cargo space is a bit low for the class, though reviewers find the space useful. A six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard. Major options include a 13-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a rear-seat entertainment system and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to provide a 360-degree view around the vehicle to improve visibility for maneuvering in tight spaces.

  • "After our time behind the wheel of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, we think Nissan will struggle to convince buyers to spring for this hybrid. It may not cost much more, but it doesn't drive as well as the standard Pathfinder and its fuel economy benefit is limited by the constraints of this gas-electric powertrain. Nissan has succeeded in making the electrified Pathfinder more affordable than the competition, but with this hybrid you get what you pay for." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Despite offering a combined fuel economy rating that's 4 mpg better than the gas-only model, it doesn't offer anything additional in the way of creature comforts and amenities, it's more complex, and frankly, it's not as nice to drive. Of course, we need more time behind the wheel to see what sort of real-world numbers this hybrid system can achieve, but for the moment at least, we aren't sold." -- Autoblog
  • "While it's not especially fast, the Pathfinder Hybrid offers what many SUV shoppers are looking for: family practicality and good fuel economy. And considering how well it works, we're surprised more automakers don't try something similar." -- AutoTrader
  • "Due to its largely carryover exterior and unusual supercharged soundtrack, this isn't the right vehicle for buyers who believe hybrids should be seen and not heard. For those who don't need to advertise their membership in the hybrid club, though, the Pathfinder Hybrid adds a welcome increase in efficiency without compromising the standard model's space or acceleration." -- Left Lane News

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is fully redesigned for 2014 and returns better fuel economy than the Pathfinder Hybrid, at an EPA-estimated 27/28 mpg city/highway. Additionally, the Highlander Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive and offers a bit more overall cargo space than the Pathfinder Hybrid.

It can't match the Pathfinder Hybrid's fuel economy, but test drivers say the Buick Enclave has a comfortable ride and a smooth V6 engine. The Enclave's interior is regarded as one of the nicest in the class, with high-quality materials and a pleasing design.

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Details: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid seats seven. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. A supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor are standard, which are paired with a continuously variable transmission. There are five trim levels: SV, SL, SL Premium, Platinum and Platinum Premium. The Pathfinder Hybrid is an all-new model for 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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