The final part of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid puzzle has fallen into place: Its price. We’ve known about its fuel economy, its availability, and what it looks like for some time now. But, at long last, we know how much: The base 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid SV, with front-wheel drive, will set you back $35,110, not including the $860 destination charge. For those keeping score at home, that’s $3,000 more than the non-hybrid version, a difference that holds true through the SL and Platinum models as well.
So what does that get you? Equipment-wise, the model levels are pretty much the same. The Hybrid SV will have the same stuff as the non-hybrid SV, and so on. What’s important is what’s underhood. Instead of the 3.5-liter V-6 and its 260 horsepower, the Pathfinder Hybrid uses a supercharged 2.5-liter four cylinder engine, coupled to an electric motor. The combination is good for a peak of 250 horsepower, so there’s little to no compromise in power. There’s no compromise in passenger or cargo space either, as Nissan says the battery fits under the third row seat. The Pathfinder Hybrid uses a similar continuously variable aut0matic transmission (CVT), which we’ve actually grown to like in the current Pathfinder.
Of course, anything labeled “hybrid” is in it for the fuel economy, and this big beast delivers. The front-wheel drive Pathfinder Hybrid nets 25 mpg in the city, 26 mpg combined, and 28 mpg on the highway; all-wheel drive models get 27 mpg on the highway, but the rest of the numbers are the same. That may not sound groundbreaking, but remember that this is no little Prius. It’s a full-sized, three-row, seven-passenger family crossover, weighing in at well over 4,000 pounds. That city figure is 5 mpg better than the non-hybrid version, and better than just about every non-hybrid crossover it its class. However, it’s fuel economy still trails that of the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which boasts 28 mpg across the board. The Highlander, however, isn’t as big as the Pathfinder Hybrid and offers less passenger and cargo space. Plus, the base price of the least expensive Pathfinder Hybrid undercuts that Toyota by nearly $5,000.
You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to get into a Pathfinder Hybrid, as they aren’t quite available yet. But if you’re really good, maybe Santa will leave one under your tree. For a base price of $35,110, that is.
|Pathfinder SV 2WD Hybrid||$35,110|
|Pathfinder SL 2WD Hybrid||$38,050|
|Pathfinder Platinum 2WD Hybrid||$42,750|
|Pathfinder SV 4WD Hybrid||$36,710|
|Pathfinder SL 4WD Hybrid||$39,650|
|Pathfinder Platinum 4WD Hybrid||$44,350|