2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Platinum 4X2

The Paths You Find Will Still Include Gas Stations. Well-equipped hybrid people-mover.

  • Likes
  • Features
  • interior design
  • Dislikes
  • fuel economy not up to hybrid expectations

Nissan adds a hybrid powertrain to the new Pathfinder, cementing its transformation from rugged truck-based SUV to crossover-like family errand machine. The Pathfinder Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter supercharged 4-cylinder engine with a small 20-horsepower electric motor and a CVT, for a total output of 250 horsepower. It's enough to make this hybrid SUV feel as quick as the non-hybrid V6-powered version. However, those expecting Prius-like economy numbers will probably be disappointed, as the Pathfinder hybrid is still a 4500-lb SUV, and the mild assist from the electric motor isn't enough to change the laws of physics. We saw an average of 20.5 mpg. That's not bad for a large vehicle driven in a mixture of suburban and city traffic, but also not tremendously better than the 19 mpg we got from a V6-powered Pathfinder 4X4 we tested earlier this year.

The Pathfinder Hybrid is pleasant enough to drive around town, with good ride quality and a comfortable, if somewhat bland interior. Throttle response off the line is almost sporty, and the supercharged 4-cylinder engine is surprisingly loud at high RPM. The steering is fine, as long as you're used to the way electric power steering feels. The regenerative braking is noticeable, however, as a non-linear response to brake-pedal pressure. Handling is responsive but the tires have very little grip and can start making noise at alarmingly low speeds, even with the traction and stability control on.

Overall, the Pathfinder Hybrid is a good fit for its niche: loaded with convenience and driver-assistance features, well furnished with heated and cooled leather seats, gloss wood trim, and one of the better infotainment systems, it is a comfortable way to transport up to seven people or a family's worth of groceries.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $42,750

As Tested: $42,750

  • 25 / 28 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.6 sec
  • 0-60
  • 250 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 117 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder supercharged, AC electric motor
  • Horsepower: 250 hp
  • Torque: 243
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Curb Weight: 4,500 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 114.2 in
  • Length: 197.2 in
  • Width: 77.2 in
  • Height: 69.6 in
  • Turning circle: -2 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS and regenerative braking
  • Suspension: N/A
  • Traction: Traction and Stability Control Standard
  • 0-60 mph: 7.6 sec
  • Top Speed: 117 mph
  • EPA City: 25 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 28 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 26 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Safety: N/A

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