2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review Car Reviews

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For saving the environment, not running it


1. Hybrid are powered by a supercharged 2.5L mated to a 15 kW electric motor and battery pack to produce 250 hp and 243 of torque.

2. Fuel economy is at 25 MPG city and 28 MPG highway for FWD models for AWD), roughly a 25 percent over the V6.

3. With no base S the Pathfinder Hybrid SV starts at or roughly $3,000 more the equivalent V6 model.


The Pathfinder Hybrid’s drivetrain is around a supercharged (yes, version of Nissan’s 2.5 liter engine. A 15 kW electric motor is between the gas engine and the Pathfinder’s CVT transmission, adding 20 horsepower to the 230 for a total system output of 250 hp fewer than the V6-powered

A pair of clutches separates the elements, which allows motor to power the Pathfinder independently of the gasoline engine. (It allows Nissan to sneak the dual clutch into PR and marketing materials, though the Hybrid’s arrangement has nothing to do the dual-clutch transmissions found in and economy cars.)

From the transmission back, the is identical to that in the V6-powered including optional 4×4-i system. The electric motor its power from a 144-volt ion battery pack that under the third row seat, and the Pathfinder was designed from the with a hybrid option, is no impact on interior space. capacity is reduced, however, 5,000 lbs to just 3,500

EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 MPG and 28 MPG highway for front-wheel-drive versions and with all-wheel-drive, a significant up from the V6-powered models, are rated at 20/26 and 19/25.


In the Pathfinder Hybrid can stop its gas when it’s not needed; in this happens far less than it does in other The air conditioning compressor is run off the engine, so if the A/C is on, the won’t shut off at stoplights. And the Pathfinder Hybrid will run on power alone at highway — we repeatedly saw the tach to 0 while cruising at 65 — it do it at steady speeds in town.

We asked a Nissan staffer this curious behavior, and he it was an intentional choice: Clutching and the engine at low speeds creates too vibration and harshness. This isn’t being purchased by owners, he told us. It’s bought by Pathfinder buyers who better gas mileage.

We want to them a smoother driving

And on that, the Pathfinder Hybrid indeed deliver. The vehicle we was a top-of-the-line Platinum model with every feature the offers, including buttery-soft seats, a power tailgate, stereo, and touch-screen navigation. The Hybrid offers an active cancellation system, and it did a stellar job the interior as quiet as a library.

It’s a very nice — so nice we have to how Nissan plans to sell the version (the QX60, known as the JX35).


Size-wise, the Pathfinder feels than the Toyota Highlander, happens to be the only other SUV to offer a hybrid option. In of seating, it’s closer to the Motors Lambda triplets Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC with a third-row seat is tight but useable, plus 16 feet of cargo space all three rows in place. But the doesn’t feel as large or as the Lambdas, and it’s far easier to especially when equipped the Around View Monitor, uses strategically mounted to give a virtual overhead


The hybrid powertrain a good job motivating the 4,700 lb. The off-the-line launch is a bit slow, but again it’s got quite a lot to do, with a gas engine to restart and all clutches to close.

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Once on the move, acceleration is indistinguishable from the V6; of course it hurt that the supercharged by itself develops more (243 lb-ft) than the V6 (240 lb-ft).

Handling and are virtually identical to the regular Body control and grip are good; as big and tall as the Pathfinder it’s a pleasant surprise to it hard into a corner and it respond with very body lean. Shame the electric power steering, It has a nice heft to it, but it feels and imprecise on center, and requires correction on the highway.

And what of the fuel economy? We took a brief drive that city, highway and suburban and while we thought the limited functionality would hinder the MPG the Pathfinder surprised us by returning MPG — just as promised.


Nissan is offering the Hybrid in the same trim as the regular Pathfinder save the S. The Pathfinder Hybrid SV is priced at (including the mandatory destination the SV at $38,910, and the Platinum at $43,610, four-wheel-drive versions priced higher. That puts the price premium at $3,000.

Will buyers make money back? If the EPA fuel figures are right, the Pathfinder will burn about 110 gallons of gasoline than the version over a 12,000 year. At $3.50 per gallon, it take nearly eight for the hybrid drivetrain to pay for itself.

So the Pathfinder Hybrid doesn’t much sense. but it is marginally for the environment than the V6-powered

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is in the spot of having no direct at least not right now. Highlander Hybrid doesn’t nearly as much passenger and 8-seaters like the GM Lambdas and the Pilot don’t offer a option (though that may when Honda’s updated arrives in the next year or The closest rival may well be the Grand Cherokee, which a powerful and fuel-efficient diesel though no third row of seats.

big fans of diesel-powered SUVs, frequently deliver better fuel economy than EPA numbers would suggest, but so far the of the country doesn’t seem to be on them.


Overall, we came with a favorable impression of the Hybrid. It offers plenty of a high-lux cabin, and decent dynamics while returning the fuel economy as a much vehicle. If you can accept a complete from the Pathfinder’s legacy, you like it, too.

Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
Nissan Pathfinder Electric Cars
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