Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Discontinued for 2016 | Edmunds

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Discontinued for 2016

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Shoppers in the market for a fuel-efficient SUV should scratch the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid off of their lists for the 2016 model year.

Nissan spokesman Dan Bedore told Edmunds that the Pathfinder Hybrid has been discontinued.

"Our emphasis is on the 3.5-liter V6 Pathfinder that achieves a best-in-class 20 (mpg) city and 27 (mpg) highway fuel economy," Bedore wrote in response to a query on Thursday.

He added: "Nissan has no announcement on future hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain applications at this time."

Nissan does not break out sales of the Pathfinder Hybrid, so it is not clear just how sluggish sales have been.

The two-wheel-drive version of the 2015 Pathfinder Hybrid returns 25 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The chief rival of the Pathfinder Hybrid is the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, the companion model to the Pathfinder Hybrid, continues to be available at some Infiniti dealerships in the U.S., said Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore.

"Infiniti bases its production upon retailer orders and consumer demand worldwide," Bazemore wrote in response to a query. "The Infiniti QX60 Hybrid remains in production for several global markets, including China and Mexico.

"For the United States, while the QX60 Hybrid continues to be available at some retailers across the country, our production is currently focused on the QX60 3.5 model. If consumer interest for the QX60 Hybrid increases along with fuel prices in this market, we have the manufacturing ability to make them available."

Changes to the 2016 QX60 will be announced at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Bazemore added.

The QX60 competes with the Lexus RX 450h and Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

Fuel prices clearly are having an impact on hybrid sales. AAA said drivers are poised to pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend in at least five years.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. stood at $2.76 on Thursday, compared to $3.67 a year ago, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers need to look elsewhere if they want a hybrid SUV.

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