The Pathfinder SUV of old was a body on frame off-road warrior that sorely lacked interior space and on-road manners. It was heavy and fuel economy was just average.
A new unibody platform replaces the truck-like architecture of the past. The result? A more comfortable, car-based Pathfinder that’s still capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds and carrying 7 passengers.
A new 2014 hybrid model is powered by a supercharged, 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine combined with a 15-kilowatt electric assist motor and CVT gearbox, borrowed from Nissan’s luxury-branded Infiniti QX60 Hybrid.
Four trim levels make for a long list of standard and optional features including such hot items as a multiview parking camera,a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, a navigation system with real-time traffic, and a 120-volt AC power outlet.
The base front wheel drive Pathfinder stickers at around $28,000 before options. A Platinum All Wheel Drive trim will top $41,000.