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Presidents Day Bargain
By frozentone on
2014 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
We purchased our 2014 PathFinder SV on a very snowy presidents day.
In the last few months we have logged almost 5,000 enjoyable, uneventful miles.
This includes a road trip and numerous trips to sporting events hauling 4 kids, 2 adults, and 3 sets of hockey equipment.
The ride is great, handling good, and acceleration smooth.
So smooth that it is accelerating faster than you at first realize.
Mileage has been very good, usually 22-23 in mixed driving (overdrive enabled, towing mode disabled for normal driving).
I am looking forward to seeing how well it handles our boat.
No shudders, or hick-ups, at all... Just enjoying the ride.
Good interior space, great access to third row, comfortable, quiet, smooth ride, great rear view monitor, good mileage, 5,000 pound towing capacity.
Steering feedback is lacking.
Not sure if this is the factory tires (had same issue with other brands with their factory tires), without steering feedback vehicle does not track as well as you would expect.
Take your eyes off the road for the briefest moment and you will find that you have moved sideways in the lane.
I have purposely tested this on straight roads, numerous times with the same results.
As a followup...
We have now had the 2014 Pathfinder for about 18 months with 32,000 miles on it. No transmission or mechanical problems (no shuddering, weird noises, etc), but we did have the driver side interior door handle break (trust me, we did not abuse it). This is a first for any car we have owned. Kind of cheap plastic from the looks of it. Hopefully they will honor the warranty.
Mileage is still good, 22-24 in mixed driving. It tows the boat great (3,000 lb), handles very well in the snow, and still rides well on road trips. Love the rear backup camera, and the recessed tool area in the back. Have had to use the spare, and that process worked well also. Don't have the blue tooth, but the kids love plugging in their electronics through the (hidden) usb port in the interior bottom of the center console (to play their music).
The interior has held up pretty well. I try to keep it very clean, but have noticed the surface of the steering wheel wearing away, as well as some of the arm rest fabrics wearing a little faster than we are used to (compared to past vehicles). Also managed to scratch the windshield with the some very basic window cleaning, and have noticed a fair amount of glass pitting, so the glass must not be very hard
Replaced the tires with a set of Firestone... not sure that I would recommend these as the ride seems harder than the factory tires. It still has no handling road feel, kind of like we imagine a hover board would be like. So we now believe it is not the factory tires, but probably the suspension.
Overall we are pleased with the vehicle. Hoping driver side door handle is not a sign of things to come. It has been a great family vehicle and a lot of value for the money. We are hoping to get 200,000 miles out of it.