After setting fresh standards in the three-row crossover segment, as well as new sales records for the Nissan brand, one of the country’s most popular people haulers is going green as the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. The new Pathfinder model is on sale now with an MSRP of $35,110, but just keep in mind that there’s not much that’s basic in this base model.
Because the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid family begins with the SV trim level, all models boast standard content like:
- A rear sonar safety system and rearview camera
- Nissan’s Intelligent Key technology with push-button start
- Tri-zone automatic climate control with in-cabin microfilter
- Bluetooth for hands-free calling
- A six-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD/USB/AUX playback and steering-wheel-mounted controls
- Power locks/windows
- Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control
- 18-in. aluminum-alloy wheels
- LED taillights and auto on/off headlights
- Roof rails
Also standard, of course, is the automaker’s advanced one-motor, two-clutch hybrid powertrain that mates a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 15-kW electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and Xtronic CVT. With all those components online, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid can serve up EPA fuel-efficiency marks of 25 mpg city/28 mpg highway/26 mpg combined; even with the addition of intelligent all-wheel drive, the Pathfinder Hybrid is rated at 25/27/26. There’s plenty of power on tap, too, with 250 horses and 243 lb.-ft. of torque that enable owners to tow up to 3,500 lbs, making it one of the best in the nissan sports car history.
“The new system used in the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid serves as the natural evolution from conventional internal combustion powertrains to the wider adaption of hybrid systems,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “With its compact packaging and light weight design, it is ideal for use in family vehicles such as the Pathfinder where interior passenger and cargo space are critical—and where the system’s design preserves the same abundant amount of space offered by the conventional Pathfinder.”