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New SUV Review: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder on everyman Driver with Dave EricksonThe redesigned 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is now a car-based Sports Utility Vehicle with enough room for a family of 7 or a small group of adventurous pathfinder friends.  Plus you can now opt for Nissan’s first ever Pathfinder Hybrid.  The 2014 Pathfinder comes in four trim levels, S, SV, SL and Platinum each with the option of 2 wheel or intuitive 4WD.  Our tester this week is the Platinum 4×4 and I’m very excited to share it with you.

The power plant is the same regardless of trim level, a 3.5 liter, DOHC, V6 mated to a naturally aspirated CVT that produces 260 HP and 240 lb.-ft of torque.  My tester has the intuitive 4WD which means you have the option of going with a selectable 2WD, auto and a 4WD locking mode. A great level of versatility no matter what driving conditions you hope to tackle or come your way.  And speaking of versatility, the Pathfinder has a competitve towing capacity of 5,000 pounds..  The estimated fuel economy is rated at 19 city, 25 highway, the same as last years model and just like last year, when we tested the 2013 Pathfinder, we’ve been averaging in mixed driving, about 21 miles per gallon. The recommended fuel type, Regular Unleaded.

On the outside, the Pathfinder puts off an Adventure-ready persona with wheel-oriented muscular fenders and a strong stance. I’m starting to really like the smooth edges even though I think the Pathfinder has lost some of it’s original exterior identity. You’ll find plenty of chrome accents throughout; starting with the grille, on the door handles and body side molding. There’s also Fog lights, Trailer harness and Roof Rails.

The big news for the 2014 Pathfinder and the more environmentally minded individual, is the first ever Pathfinder Hybrid.  That vehicle offers a 2.5 liter Inline 4 cylinder CVT gasoline engine and an electric motor paired with a compact Lithium-Ion battery. That one starts at just over $35,000. You can get that in a 2WD or 4WD.  The overall HP and Torque is nearly identical to that of a non-hybrid V6. The estimated fuel economy is 26 in mixed. Not too shabby.

The beginning MSRP on the base 2014 Nissan Pathfinder S trim in 2 wheel drive is $28,950. My tester as seen in the video below is $44,545. Give it a look and a test drive. I think you’ll be impressed.

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