2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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The recently redesigned seven passenger Nissan Pathfinder carries over unchanged from last year’s model. Its biggest news comes from the addition of a super fuel efficient Hybrid model. Nissan expects that the all-new 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid will arrive on showroom floors this fall.

If you’re looking for a rugged off-road capable SUV then you better look elsewhere. In following with recent trends, Nissan has replaced the get-down-and-dirty Pathfinder that we all knew and loved with a softer, Murano-like crossover that is better suited for daily city driving rather than serious utility. Nevertheless, it offers a more comfortable ride and much improved fuel economy thanks to its significant weight loss and more fuel efficient engine.

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in four well equipped trim levels- S, SV, SL and Platinum.

Standard features on the entry-level S includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, full power accessories, a 50/50 split fold-flat third row seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 4.2-inch Advanced Drive Assist™ Display and a six-speaker sound system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SV adds roof rails, auto on/off headlights, push-button start, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a review camera, a rear sonar system,  Intelligent Key®, a 7-inch color information monitor, Bluetooth®, satellite radio and iPod®/USB interface.

Stepping up to the SL will get you fog lamps, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, driver’s seat lumbar support, a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat and wood-tone interior trim.

Adding the premium package will add additional features like a panoramic sunroof, a premium 13-speaker Bose® sound system and a towing package that includes a tow hitch receiver and a 7-pin wiring harness.

The top-of-the-line Pathfinder Platinum gets all the features from the SL plus 20-inch alloy wheels, the SL Premium Towing Package, navigation, the Around View® Monitor, a power tilt/telescopic steering wheel and heated/cooled front seats. The Platinum Premium Package adds a panoramic sunroof and a tri-zone entertainment system with dual 7-inch monitors with two wireless headphone sets.

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive configurations. It features a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260-hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque and returns an estimated 19 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The new Hybrid will feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a 15-kilowatt electric motor that produces 250-hp and 243 lb.-ft. of torque.  This combination is expected to return an estimated 25 mpg city and 27 mpg highway however its towing capability drops significantly to 3,500 pounds.

Prices for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder start at just $28,700 quickly climb to over $46,000 for the fully loaded all-wheel drive Platinum Premium variant.  

  Stylish sheetmetal; good fuel economy; quiet and comfortable ride; upscale interior

 Falls short in the brawn and cargo space department; stick-in-the-mud performance

 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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