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#12

in Affordable Midsize SUVs

MSRP: $29,210 - $41,550
Invoice: $26,942 - $38,303
MPG: 20 City / 26 Hwy
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Nissan Pathfinder Review

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder ranks 12 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Pathfinder, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is ranked:

While the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder gets good fuel economy and offers a spacious third row, test drivers write that other midsize SUVs are equally comfortable or more fun to drive.

The 2014 Pathfinder is powered by a V6 engine that auto writers say provides adequate, but not overwhelming, acceleration. Power is routed through a continuously variable transmission, which some reviewers find slow to respond when more power is needed. The Pathfinder achieves up to 20/26 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Reviewers agree that the Pathfinder has a comfortable ride that feels composed in turns, but some also write that SUVs like the Ford Flex and Mazda CX-9 offer better handling and are more fun to drive. The Pathfinder's steering also earns mixed reviews, as some test drivers wish it provided more feedback.

Automotive journalists report that the Nissan Pathfinder's cabin is constructed with high-quality materials that have an upscale appearance. Several note that the seven-seat Pathfinder has one of the most welcoming third-row seats in the class, and they like that you don’t have to remove a child seat to access the third row. On the other hand, its cargo area isn't as large as that of some rivals. Test drivers appreciate that the Pathfinder's simple and straightforward stereo and climate systems are easy to adjust with knobs and buttons. However, the Pathfinder comes with fewer standard features than many SUVs in the class. A six-speaker stereo and tri-zone automatic climate control are standard on all trims. Options include Nissan's Around View Monitor camera system, which uses four cameras to give a birds-eye view around the vehicle, Bluetooth, navigation, a panoramic sunroof and a 13-speaker Bose sound system.

  • "The 2014 Pathfinder features standard 3-row seating and plenty of technology features, as well as improved driving dynamics and gas mileage. Nissan throws in a smooth ride and a high-quality interior, too. Indeed, we think the Pathfinder is appealing enough to steal some sales from its uptown sibling, the pricier Infiniti JX." -- AutoTrader
  • "Among the dozen or so entries in this category, we'd recommend looking at the 2014 GMC Acadia if maximum interior room is a priority, while the Mazda CX-9 also offers a bit more room than the Nissan, along with the best ride and handling dynamics of any large crossover SUV. The Dodge Durango and 2014 Ford Flex, meanwhile, are better picks if you're after superior engine performance and, in the case of the Flex, truly distinctive exterior style. Any of these utility vehicles will work if you need three rows of seating, but with the Pathfinder's strengths in interior design, fuel economy and general ease of use, it's a solid pick for families." -- Edmunds
  • "Not surprisingly, the latest Pathfinder has been a hit. As a softened crossover SUV, the 7-passenger Pathfinder is one of the most competent models in a segment that includes the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9." -- Kelley Blue Book

Other SUVs to Consider

The Buick Enclave performs well in the class, as reviewers remark that it has an upscale cabin constructed with high-quality materials. The Enclave also has one of the largest cargo areas in the class.

The Mazda CX-9 is regarded as one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the class, and reviewers like its peppy engine and agile handling. They also report that its interior is built with high-quality materials, and the CX-9 has one of the larger cargo areas in the segment.

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Details: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder seats seven and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine and continuously variable transmission are standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Pathfinder comes in six trims: S, SV, SL, SL Premium, Platinum and Platinum Premium. The Pathfinder was fully redesigned in 2013 and sees few changes this model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2013 and 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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