2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, the first hybrid version of the Japanese automaker's crossover, debuted on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
- Pricing was not announced, but Nissan said the Pathfinder Hybrid is expected to cost $3,000 more than Pathfinder 3.5-liter V6 models.
- The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid goes on sale in late summer.
Pricing was not announced, but Nissan said the Pathfinder Hybrid is expected to cost $3,000 more than Pathfinder 3.5-liter V6 models. The base 2013 Nissan Pathfinder V6 starts at $29,495, including an $845 destination charge.
The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid goes on sale in late summer. It targets the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The 2013 Highlander Hybrid starts at $29,865, including an $845 destination charge.
The seven-passenger Pathfinder Hybrid is equipped with a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower versus the 3.5-liter V6's 260 hp.
Fuel economy is estimated by Nissan at 25 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway. The EPA has not yet announced fuel economy numbers on the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid. The 2013 Pathfinder 2WD returns 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The Pathfinder Hybrid debuts at a time when consumers are still dogged by high gas prices. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Wednesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.65 versus $3.77 a month ago.
Nissan said the Pathfinder Hybrid's lithium-ion battery is located under the third-row seat, thus preserving space in the cabin.
Exterior cues include LED taillights and hybrid badges. In the cabin, special hybrid information screens are added to the instrument panel's display.
The Pathfinder Hybrid is available in four-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive versions. Nissan says its new hybrid retains the ability to tow boats, jet skis, trailers and other gear, with a standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
Edmunds says: Expect the new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid to exceed the $30,000 mark when it debuts later this year.