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2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

After being redesigned for the 2013 model year, Nissan introduces the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid, which pairs a supercharged I-4 with an electric motor for an EPA-estimated 25/28 mpg city/highway. In addition to the new hybrid model, a new SL tech package includes a Bose sound system, navigation, voice recognition, and an 8-inch color display.

Vehicle Overview

The Pathfinder is Nissan’s seven-passenger crossover, which sits above the five-passenger Rogue and below the seven-passenger Quest minivan. The Pathfinder provides a stylish alternative for buyers who need to move people but don’t want to drive a minivan, and it’s available in a hybrid trim.


The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque that connects a CVT to power just the front or all four wheels. FWD models get an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway, with a one-mpg penalty for AWD models. The hybrid Pathfinder combines a supercharged 2.5-liter I-4 with an electric motor for a net 250 hp, for an EPA-estimated 25/28 mpg, with a one-mpg penalty on the highway for AWD. The Pathfinder has a sliding second row, making entry and exit easier as well as making it possible to adjust legroom for both rows. The Pathfinder also boasts a 5,000-pound towing capacity on the regular model and up to 3,500 pounds on the hybrid.

During crash testing the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing it received two ratings of good (the highest possible rating is good). Nissan also includes their Around View system, which displays a panoramic view around the entire vehicle, thanks to cameras on the front, rear, and sides of the Pathfinder.

What We Think

We had a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum as a long-term tester, which we lived with for a year. Some thoughts: “The Pathfinder was spacious, with smart packaging from the first row to the third. The second- and third-row seats were incredibly easy to fold down for loading gear, and the Auto Entry/Exit that moved the steering wheel up and the pilot’s seat back was a welcome feature ... It didn’t take long for the Pathfinder to become the lunch limo of choice at the office thanks to a sliding and reclining second row and a third row perfectly fine for two adults to occupy for short distances.”

In a 2014 comparison of three-row crossovers, we pitted the Pathfinder against the Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot, and Mazda CX-9. The Pathfinder finished third, and we said it was “great for shopping, but really a butched-up minivan; a button-heavy dash and strangely high rear floor stand out.” The Pathfinder is a nice, comfortable crossover, but it suffers from being too plain when held up to the competition.

You’ll Like

  • Hybrid model for fuel efficiency
  • Sliding and reclining second row
  • Third-row is comfortable for adult humans

You Won’t Like

  • Too many buttons on dash
  • High rear floor

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Dodge Durango
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Honda Pilot
  • Mazda CX-9


3 star


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