Do not buy a Nissan with a CVT transmission. It is garbage. My new Pathfinder left us stranded on the road and stalled in traffic multiple times before and after replacing the transmission. Yes, replacing the transmission. The transmission was replaced just a few months into my ownership. The vehicle was purchased new. Do not buy this garbage. There is no support from Nissan for what is an obvious epidemic with their CVT. Do some googles searches on it if you are considering buying and you will come to the same conclusion.
I just traded my 2015 Rogue for a 2015 Pathfinder because I was wanting more space and towing capabilities. After only owning the Pathfinder for a week I began to experience a Shudder or Judder at low speeds while accelerating at 25 mph. I also began to have a severe shudder when decelerating down hills or on inclines while off the accelerator or braking.
It has had a computer "reprogram" and is still experiencing the problem. I am waiting for the Dealership to get more information from the NISSAN Regional tech to provide them with the next step to correct the issue. I am not very optimistic that it will be cured.
I have heard of this issue with the CVT but had no issues with my Rogue so figured they had corrected it as NISSAN had claimed.
I am having great remorse and now feel that I just as well had thrown my money away because I will never get a return on this vehicle between the time in the shop and the loss of value for its issues.
Needless to say this may be the last NISSAN I ever buy..
1. Affordability - Priced $10k to $20k under all other premium based Hybrid SUVs.
2. Luxurious - a very quiet and smooth ride. Leg and head room galore. Has everything even the heated and cooled leather seats front and heated seats back.
3. Economical- Rated with an all around MPG of 26. First tank full of gas resulted in a city/highway drive mix 29 MPG.
4. Stylish- The Pathfinder just looks good!
5. I am still amazed and surprised with all the appointments. I love this car! I am Happy! Happy!
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.
absolutely the best SUV you can buy for the money.
written on 10-09-2014
SL Hybrid 4dr SUV (2.5L 4cyl S/C gas/electric hybrid CVT)
First off, this is our second 2014 Pathfinder. We purchased a standard SL V-6 Model last year, and grew to love it so much, we traded in my eight year old Camry hybrid for a Hybrid model Pathfinder. It retains all the comfort and smooth handling of its V-6 cousin, but adds in some very impressive MPG numbers to boot. I'm only on my third tank of gas after owning it for two months, and Fuel Economy has improved with every tankful (27, 29, and now 31 MPG). It's actually a bit quieter then it's V-6 cousin, due to the extra sound deadening material, and the transition from engine to EV mode is a lot less noticeable then it was in my old Camry hybrid. Nissan gets an A+ for this model.
UPDATE: Nearly three years and 40k miles later and my opinion hasn't changed...still a great vehicle. No significant issues at all. Still on the original brake pads, have only replaced the oil and air filters, plus upgraded to Michelins from the stock Toyos. Maintenance has been very cheap at the local Nissan dealership. Fuel economy has declined a little, but that's due more to my own change in driving styles. Still wish Nissan had kept it around as it is a worth compliment to it's V-6 cousin.