2013 New York Auto Show: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2013 New York Auto Show


  • 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Picture

    2014 Nissan Pathfinder Picture

    There are no visual distinctions between the hybrid Pathfinder and the standard model up front. | March 28, 2013

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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.

Comments

  • maybud maybud Posts:

    I don't see the 25% increase in mileage. The non hybrid 2wd gets 23 combined vs 26 for the hybrid, that is 13% increase. Can someone clarify this for me. If I'm correct, then your pay a premium of $3,000 for the hybrid and only save $1,500 in gas over a 75,000 mile period using $4.00 gallon cost.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    MAYBUD, the hybrid could be 4WD, and its a bet. Gas could cost lots over $4 in the future. Some Prius buyers jumped at that danger in the past, and ended up empty handed, but this time it could be different. Also, hybrids are an image product in the US of A, why else would a XV crosstrek hybrid and Tahoe hybrid exist? When it comes to efficiency Japanese Kei cars can not be beaten. But those penalty boxes aren't even sold here for a reason.

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