2014 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Worst car experience ever!

2014 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

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Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4-cyl. Supercharger Hybrid 4x4 CVT Automatic)

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Worst car experience ever!
By lodinpdx on


2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Hybrid 4dr SUV 4WD (2.5L 4cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid CVT)


This has been the absolute worst car experience I have ever had.
We really wanted an SUV with three rows and decent gas mileage.
We were exited when we found
the Pathfinder Hybrid with promises of 25 miles to the gallon in the city and 28 on the highway.
This all seemed too good to be true so we bought it.
By day 2 I was very frustrated as I was getting 14 miles to the gallon!
I tried to return the car but was told to keep driving, it would get better or Nissan would have to do something.
Now I have driven over 1000 miles and
seem to be getting about 17 miles to the gallon a far cry form 25!
I have talked to
Consumer Affairs as well as the dealership and no one has done anything.

Best Features

I do like the interior of the car. I love the heated/cooling seats as well as the heated steering wheel. I would love the display screen telling me my gas mileage if it was telling me good news but now I feel that it mocks me.

Worst Features

Obviously I would like to improve the gas mileage and the accuracy of the ratings. Based on the other person's review it is possible that there is just something wrong with my particular car. Perhaps the battery is faulty so then I would like to fix the diagnostic process and the customer service.
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By frozentone
on 04/24/14 21:01 PM (PDT)

Make sure the overdrive is enabled and that your towing mode is disabled. Make sure you are in Drive and not Low. Make sure your parking break is disengaged (not stuck, etc). Don't use a lead foot or ride the brakes. Finally, make sure you are not running a high ethanol blend. Any of these issues will lower your mileage.

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By evacman
on 05/26/14 12:45 PM (PDT)

I believe the manual says not to read too much into the Fuel Economy numbers until you've driven the car 4000 miles. It needs time to learn your driving habits. Everyone's driving habits are different. The tips provided above are good ones. I just bought this car over the weekend and by the time I got home (most of the trip home was freeway), the first reading was 26.7 miles per gallon. The 2012 Pathfinder I just traded in got about 17.5 miles/gallon on average. I also have a Nissan Leaf electric car, and it's the same thing. Sometimes I saw the max range as high as 109 miles, but that was with lots of stopping and going on city streets, but on average it is 96 miles. My suggestion would be to give it time and think about how your driving in order to maximize the fuel economy. Good luck!

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By lodinpdx
on 11/28/14 21:34 PM (PST)

We have been driving this car for 9 months and about 10,000 miles. We have to keep it in 2 wheel drive and use plus gasoline. We were told to keep it in auto mode and use regular gas when we bought it. With a mix of city and highway mix we get about 20-22 mpg depending on a variety of conditions. This is better than I was originally getting but no where near the promised 25 in the city. We have also had issues with the passenger side airbag. It turns off even with an adult in the seat. It was recalled and we have had into the dealership four rimes already and it is still not fixed. We tried to get out of the lease but would lose too much money. We really are not fans of this car nor have we had any luck with Nissan customer service. Overall it has continued to be the worst car experience ever!

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