2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review: Car Reviews

11 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review: Car Reviews

For saving the environment, not running it

FAST FACTS

1. Hybrid are powered by a supercharged 2.5L mated to a 15 kW electric motor and battery pack to produce 250 hp and 243 of torque.

2. Fuel economy is at 25 MPG city and 28 MPG highway for FWD models for AWD), roughly a 25 percent over the V6.

3. With no base S the Pathfinder Hybrid SV starts at or roughly $3,000 more the equivalent V6 model.

A SUPERCHARGED

The Pathfinder Hybrid’s drivetrain is around a supercharged (yes, version of Nissan’s 2.5 liter engine. A 15 kW electric motor is between the gas engine and the Pathfinder’s CVT transmission, adding 20 horsepower to the 230 for a total system output of 250 hp fewer than the V6-powered

A pair of clutches separates the elements, which allows motor to power the Pathfinder independently of the gasoline engine. (It allows Nissan to sneak the dual clutch into PR and marketing materials, though the Hybrid’s arrangement has nothing to do the dual-clutch transmissions found in and economy cars.)

From the transmission back, the is identical to that in the V6-powered including optional 4×4-i system. The electric motor its power from a 144-volt ion battery pack that under the third row seat, and the Pathfinder was designed from the with a hybrid option, is no impact on interior space. capacity is reduced, however, 5,000 lbs to just 3,500

EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 MPG and 28 MPG highway for front-wheel-drive versions and with all-wheel-drive, a significant up from the V6-powered models, are rated at 20/26 and 19/25.

THE FUEL ECONOMY BE BETTER?

In the Pathfinder Hybrid can stop its gas when it’s not needed; in this happens far less than it does in other The air conditioning compressor is run off the engine, so if the A/C is on, the won’t shut off at stoplights. And the Pathfinder Hybrid will run on power alone at highway — we repeatedly saw the tach to 0 while cruising at 65 — it do it at steady speeds in town.

We asked a Nissan staffer this curious behavior, and he it was an intentional choice: Clutching and the engine at low speeds creates too vibration and harshness. This isn’t being purchased by owners, he told us. It’s bought by Pathfinder buyers who better gas mileage.

We want to them a smoother driving

And on that, the Pathfinder Hybrid indeed deliver. The vehicle we was a top-of-the-line Platinum model with every feature the offers, including buttery-soft seats, a power tailgate, stereo, and touch-screen navigation. The Hybrid offers an active cancellation system, and it did a stellar job the interior as quiet as a library.

It’s a very nice — so nice we have to how Nissan plans to sell the version (the QX60, known as the JX35).

IN A LEAGUE OF ITS

Size-wise, the Pathfinder feels than the Toyota Highlander, happens to be the only other SUV to offer a hybrid option. In of seating, it’s closer to the Motors Lambda triplets Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC with a third-row seat is tight but useable, plus 16 feet of cargo space all three rows in place. But the doesn’t feel as large or as the Lambdas, and it’s far easier to especially when equipped the Around View Monitor, uses strategically mounted to give a virtual overhead

ON THE ROAD

The hybrid powertrain does a job motivating the 4,700 lb. Pathfinder. The launch is a bit slow, but then it’s got quite a lot to do, what a gas engine to restart and all those to close.

Once on the move, is virtually indistinguishable from the V6; of it doesn’t hurt that the four-cylinder by itself develops torque (243 lb-ft) the standard V6 (240 lb-ft).

and braking are virtually identical to the Pathfinder. Body control and are quite good; as big and tall as the feels, it’s a pleasant to push it hard into a and have it respond with little body lean. about the electric power though: It has a nice heft to it, but it vague and imprecise on center, and constant correction on the highway.

And of the real-world fuel economy? We a relatively brief drive mixed city, highway and roads, and while we thought the auto-stop functionality would the MPG figure, the Pathfinder surprised us by 26.3 MPG — just as

PRICE PREMIUM

Nissan is the Pathfinder Hybrid in the same levels as the regular Pathfinder the base-model S. The Pathfinder Hybrid SV is at $35,970 (including the mandatory charge), the SV at $38,910, and the Platinum at with four-wheel-drive versions $1,600 higher. That the hybrid price premium at

Will buyers make money back? If the EPA fuel figures are right, the Pathfinder will burn about 110 gallons of gasoline than the version over a 12,000 year. At $3.50 per gallon, it take nearly eight for the hybrid drivetrain to pay for itself.

So the Pathfinder Hybrid doesn’t much sense. but it is marginally for the environment than the V6-powered

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is in the spot of having no direct at least not right now. Highlander Hybrid doesn’t nearly as much passenger and 8-seaters like the GM Lambdas and the Pilot don’t offer a option (though that may when Honda’s updated arrives in the next year or The closest rival may well be the Grand Cherokee, which a powerful and fuel-efficient diesel though no third row of seats.

We’re big fans of diesel-powered which frequently deliver real-world fuel economy their EPA numbers would but so far the rest of the country doesn’t to be sold on them.

THE VERDICT

we came away with a impression of the Pathfinder Hybrid. It plenty of space, a high-lux and decent driving dynamics returning the same fuel as a much smaller vehicle. If you can a complete deviation from the legacy, you might like it,

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