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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Release Date

Friday, June 28th 2013. | Nissan

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder enters its second yr as a seven-seat household crossover with a new model added: the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid, a direct shot throughout the bows of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Launched final yr as a whole reinvention of the traditionally robust Pathfinder sport-utility automobile, the present model comes with front-wheel drive as commonplace and sacrifices some towing and rock-crawling talents for consolation and household-friendly features.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Offers 26 MPG Combined Fuel Econom

 

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is unchanged in type from the model launched final 12 months, with its rakish tall-wagon look and extra curvaceous lines than different crossovers–but using the same design language as different just lately redesigned members of the Nissan family. It’s a nicely-thought-out and enticing package, and might home more folks and their items than most of the different mid-measurement crossovers with which it competes, together with the Highlander, the Honda Pilot, and the Ford Explorer. It leads with a daring chrome grille and closely sculpted front fenders, and the accents on the rear fenders give it a touch of “shoulder line” that makes its overall look more fluid than many of these tall wagons.

For the brand new model year, the standard 260-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 engine and repeatedly variable transmission (CVT)–last yr’s only powertrain option–achieve a brand new alternative: a hybrid mannequin that pairs supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 15-kilowatt (22-hp) electrical motor sandwiched between engine and CVT, with a clutch on both end. Power output from the mixed system is 250 hp, simply 10 hp shy of the V-6 output.

The usual engine and CVT mixture provides a wider vary of engine-to-transmission ratios than the sooner Nissan units-and a sturdy chain instead of a belt-giving both strong, easy acceleration and decrease revs when cruising. It’s all in the title of fuel economic system, although we word that there is quite a delay for quick bursts of power for passing. This engine runs on commonplace gasoline.

Gas efficiency of the brand new hybrid mannequin is estimated at 26 mpg mixed (25 mpg metropolis, 27 mpg highway), and the Pathfinder Hybrid will be ordered with optional all-wheel drive. The lithium-ion battery pack matches underneath the rear deck, there isn’t any compromise in cupboard space or packaging. It has the identical 19.5-gallon gas tank as the V-6 Pathfinder, giving it a complete range of more than 500 miles–or far longer than most families with small youngsters can travel before a relaxation stop is required.

We do question, nonetheless, whether the dearth of sustained electric-only running in a prototype we drove will confuse clients who expect a “Hybrid” badge to mean easy, quiet operation at low speeds using only the electrical motor. In the Pathfinder Hybrid, the electric motor gives added torque, and restarts the engine when the driving force begins to carry off the brake after a stop, however it’s not beefy sufficient to propel this huge car by itself  below more than very limited steady-state cruising circumstances (and perhaps on downhill grades).

Moreover badges, the Pathfinder Hybrid model includes LED taillights and energy-circulation diagrams on the automotive’s data screen. Like all Pathfinder fashions fitted with all-wheel drive, it offers the power to select amongst 2WD, automated, or 4WD Lock modes. That 4WD Lock mode sends an equal power to the entrance and rear axles, with electronics managing aspect-to-facet distribution for traction control. The 2WD mannequin slightly will increase gasoline mileage slightly when roads are fully dry and clear. Correctly outfitted, the hybrid model’s towing capability is rated at three,500 pounds, versus 5,000 kilos for the V-6 model.

Inside the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, there’s some influence from the Infiniti luxury division, however the cabin nonetheless feels conservative attributable to a limited selection of just two colors and in any other case unremarkable materials and plastic surfaces. Behind the wheel, although, drivers will likely forget they’re driving a seven-seat crossover utility vehicle. The dealing with and cornering are extra sedan-like than harking back to an SUV, and its heft is rarely apparent at the wheel. The Pathfinder is lighter than the full-size crossovers from General Motors, including the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, and its hydraulic-electric steering is particularly properly tuned for comfortable driving.

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