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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review

A sluggish engine, a low reliability rating, and a jolting transition from gas to electric power place the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid at the bottom of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy ratings
  • Underpowered engine
  • Rough transitions between gas and electric power
  • Limited cargo capacity for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid's #23 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has a score of 6.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 16 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 6.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has outstanding fuel economy, but that does not make it a good SUV. In comparison, some affordable midsize SUVs have additional cargo space, better reliability ratings, and more powerful engines. 

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is powered by a noisy, supercharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 250 horsepower. Its continuously variable transmission feels lethargic at high speeds, so passing cars on the highway can pose an issue. Steering is adequate, but the regenerative brakes feel grabby. The Pathfinder Hybrid delivers 25 mpg in the city and 27 to 28 mpg on the highway – an exceptional rating for the class. Front-wheel drive is standard, though some used models come with four-wheel drive.

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This crossover SUV features a high-grade interior and seats up to seven. The first- and second-row seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and the standard EZ Flex Seating System consists of sliding and reclining adjustments for improved comfort in all three rows. While the third row has enough headroom to accommodate the average adult, its sparse legroom makes it most suitable for children. Models like the GMC Acadia have more spacious seats. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat. The third row has one additional tether anchor.

Base models come with cloth seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and four 12-volt power outlets. Some models come with leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, voice recognition, a moonroof, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a 120-volt power outlet, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen.

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Used 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Prices

The 2014 Pathfinder ranges from about $20,860 for the base trim to $28,025 for the four-wheel-drive Platinum Hybrid trim. Prices vary depending on condition, mileage, and demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 16 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 16 professional reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more to help you decide if the 2014 Pathfinder should be your next used car.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid?

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has the lowest reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. SUVs like the Toyota Venza have much higher scores (five out of five).

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How Safe Is the Pathfinder Hybrid?

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid earned the highest rating of Good in three Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Pathfinder Hybrid four out of five stars in its frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in its side crash test for a five-star overall rating. 

All models come with a rearview camera. Some models feature a 360-degree camera and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Pathfinder Hybrid?

The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid was only offered for the 2014 model year. Its gas-only sibling, however, is still being manufactured.

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Which Used Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid comes in three trims: SV, SL, and Platinum. The base SV trim comes with an attractive amount of features that should please the average consumer. Still, the Platinum trim adds an appealing host of features, including a 120-volt power outlet, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a 360-degree camera, and more.

Since the Pathfinder Hybrid’s reliability score is low, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid or 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid?

The 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets even better fuel economy estimates than the Pathfinder Hybrid. It has energetic acceleration from a standstill and includes more standard features than the Nissan (such as 12 JBL speakers and HD Radio). This Toyota also has a higher reliability rating, but the Pathfinder Hybrid has more cargo and passenger space. Although the Pathfinder Hybrid has lower ownership costs, the Highlander Hybrid is still the superior midsize SUV.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid or 2014 Nissan Pathfinder?

The gas-only 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has the same below-average reliability rating and interior measurements as its hybrid sibling, but its V6 engine performs slightly better than the Pathfinder Hybrid’s four-cylinder engine and electric motor. The hybrid model gets a slightly better fuel economy rating, but this does not justify its higher ownership costs. Out of these two low-ranking SUVs, the Pathfinder is the better option.

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