Nissan has just announced that the US pricing for the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid will start at $35,110 for the SV 2WD Hybrid model. For those who don’t know, the Pathfinder Hybrid is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor paired to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.
According to Nissan, the 2.5-liter engine and the 15 kW electric motor and the gas engine provide performance equivalent to the Pathfinder 3.5-liter gasoline V6 model. The hybrid system is rated at 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid has a fuel economy of 26 mpg combined, which is a 24 percent increase over the standard Pathfinder.
Highway mileage of the Pathfinder Hybrid is rated at 28 mpg (27 mpg for the 4WD model). Pathfinder Hybrid uses the next-generation Xtronic CVT (Continously Variable Transmission) and features regenerative braking to recharge the battery during braking.
According to the official press release, the Pathfinder Hybrid is available in 6 versions: Pathfinder SV 2WD Hybrid ($35,110), Pathfinder 2L 2WD Hybrid ($38,050), Pathfinder Platinum 2WD Hybrid ($42,759), Pathfinder SV 4WD Hybrid ($36,710), Pathfinder SL 4WD Hybrid ($39,650) and Pathfinder Platinum 4WD Hybrid ($44,350).
The interior of the new Nissan Pathfinder is both comfortable and quiet. This is due to a wide array of features that include the heated 2nd row seats, heated and cooled seats in the front, and three rows of seats having rich leather-appointed surfaces. Other features include telescoping steering wheel, heated steering wheel, and power tilt. Included as well are multiple user memory settings and the Nissan Intelligent Key that comes with a Push Button Start. Those who like to listen to music will surely appreciate the cutting-edge Bose Audio System having 13 speakers.
Equipped as standard is the SiriusXM Satellite Radio though a SiriusXM subscription is needed and will have to be purchased separately. In addition to the unique LED taillights and the hybrid powertrain, there is no question that the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is a genuine fourth-generation Pathfinder. Compared to the previous version with its body-on-frame design, the new model utilizes a unibody construction and thus has lower weight.
Further, this method means that the new Pathfinder has an aerodynamic exterior that is truly eye-catching but not at the expense of sacrificing cargo capacity or even the headroom. This also results in an appearance that displays a stable and strong stance and adventure-ready given the wheel-oriented muscle fenders. The upper body meanwhile reveals an open cabin that has a low beltline.
It also has A-pillars and D-pillars that are able to smoothly flow to the rugged yet durable looking lower body. The different aerodynamic improvements result in a coefficient of drag value at 0.34. Additional details on the exterior are the large aerodynamic headlights, large LED combination lights in the rear, recessed front windshield wipers, chrome door handles, and wide chrome grille.
Nissan said that a Dual Panorama Moonroof is available with a rear panel that has fixed glass and a front panel that slides open. Given that the moonroof lengthens over both the 2nd and the 3rd rows, when this is combined with the large windows, it allows for an airy and open atmosphere on the interior.