What Is It?
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
What's Special About It?
It's a supercharged hybrid, which may sound like a hybrid with an extra-large battery, but in this case the supercharging is referring to the gasoline engine in the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid.
Instead of the standard model's 3.5-liter V6, this Pathfinder uses a 2.5-liter, supercharged four-cylinder engine. Nissan says it's good for 230 horsepower, but combined with a 15kw electric motor the combination delivers 250 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque. That's nearly as much power as the standard V6 (260 hp, 240 lb-ft) so this hybrid won't lag much behind the standard model.
And of course, the mileage numbers are up. Nissan says the Pathfinder Hybrid will get up to 26 mpg in combined driving, not bad for a three-row SUV. The rest of the Pathfinder is relatively unchanged, which is a good thing for a vehicle in this class. The second-row seats still slide the same way and even the third row remains usable. Nissan says the use of a super-slim lithium-ion battery allowed it to be positioned beneath the third row without intruding on passenger space.
No pricing on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid was announced, but Nissan said to expect about a $3,000 premium over the standard model. (The standard 2013 Pathfinder is $28,650.)
What Edmunds Says:
A 25 percent bump in mileage for a 10 percent price hike? Not a bad trade-off for a vehicle of this size.