2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder hybrid is the first hybrid crossover offered by the Japanese Car maker that made its debut on 27th March at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The car will hit the floor of the showroom in the late summer this year and according to Nissan, it will cost you $3,000 more than the Nissan Pathfinder 3.5 liter V6 versions.

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Bodywork, Features and Technical Specs

This is basically a seven passenger compact crossover doesn’t receive significant changes in its look and bodywork as compared to its previous model. The Hybrid version comes with the same LED taillamps and Nissan Puredrive hybrid badges. The exterior is aerodynamic and aggressive which is complemented with a comfortable and versatile interior features as well as a long list of customizable features. The hybrid has leather upholstery, heated and cool front seats, heated steering wheel and second row seats, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, multiple user memory system, 13 speaker Bose Audio system and Sirius xm satellite radio. Nissan offered an ez Flex seating system to the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid that is offering a 5.5 inch height of the second row seats offering easy and comfortable entry and exit to the passengers. The second row of seats comes with a new and innovative glide technology that allows the seats to fold forward and allow passengers to cause the third row seats easily. The third row seat is optional whereas the second row 60/40 folding seats offering extended cargo space.

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Engine, Performance and Road Grip

The 2013’s 3.5 liter V6 of the Nissan Pathfinder is replaced by a new and more powerful 2.5 liter supercharged gasoline engine paired with a powerful electric motor and a lithium ion battery. The new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid makes a total of 250 horsepower and a torque of 243 lb ft whereas the previous model 3.5 liter V6 has a total of 260 horsepower and 240 lb ft of torque. For efficient power management, Nissan used a Nissan’s intelligent dual clutch system. The EPA rated fuel economy is 25 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Price and Key Competitors

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid price is not confirmed however, the manufacturer revealed that will cost $3,000 more than the previous non-hybrid models. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder had a base price of $29,865. The Key competitor of the hybrid is Toyota Highlander hybrid that employs a 3.5 liter V6 with a high torque electric motor.

Pros

  • Smart looks
  • Highly efficient

Cons

  • No official price announcement

Verdict

This is a good option for those who want to get access to high fuel economy in the SUVs segment.

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