2014 Nissan Pathfinder Manchester, NH
Nissan reinvented the Pathfinder last year, transforming it from a rugged body-on-frame SUV into a more car-like unibody crossover SUV. A year after a complete revamp, the big news for the 2014 Pathfinder lineup is the introduction of a hybrid model. Also new is a tech package that bundles goodies such as a Bose premium sound system, navigation and 8-inch touch screen.
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior
'14 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Design
Thanks to smooth styling that's a little more streamlined and less utilitarian than the previous generation, it's hard to see at a glance that the Pathfinder's dimensions have expanded. The modest fender flares and wide stance suggest muscle, which is an overstatement, but the body has been carefully sculpted for aerodynamics. Thin A- and D-pillars, plus a low beltline, give the cabin an airy feeling. As you'd expect, expanded dimensions pay off in expanded interior volume, specifically eight cubic feet. Nissan worked to make third row access easier, including times when child seats may be occupying the middle row. Like all SUVs, the Pathfinder's second- and third-row seats fold flat to expand cargo volume, to almost 80 feet cubic feet. Beyond content issues, the Pathfinder's attractively furnished cabin has an open feel.
Power & Handling of the '14 Pathfinder
The new Pathfinder's 3.5-liter V6 doesn't have the thrust of the 4.0-liter six that powered the third generation. Although, with its reduced mass the power-to-weight ratios work out about the same, as does acceleration from a standing start: expect 60 mph to come up in about 7.5 seconds. On the other hand, while throttle response is prompt, putting the pedal to the metal doesn't always produce maximum haste. Blame the CVT for this. Braking is a strong suit, with excellent pedal feel that makes it easy for the driver to modulate pressure. Let's not forget towing. Nissan is proud of the new Pathfinder's capability; 5000 pounds is high for a vehicle with front-wheel-drive architecture. As an all-purpose family hauler, the Pathfinder's dynamics grade out quite well.
If you want good fuel economy and room for up to seven, then put the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder on your shopping list. For more information on this model, visit the official 2014 Nissan Pathfinder website.