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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Review

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has upscale cabin materials, a spacious third row, and good fuel-efficiency for the class. These highlights may win over some, but sluggish acceleration, an undersized cargo hold, and a poor reliability rating will scratch the Pathfinder off many car shoppers' lists. 

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Shaky reliability rating

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder's #19 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Pathfinder has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder a Good Used SUV?

Like a C-plus student, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is average in almost every way. It does little to stand out from the two dozen or so rivals in our 2014 midsize SUV rankings. It's not a total flop, though, and as one of the least expensive 3-row SUVs on our list, it’s an attractive option for shoppers on a tight budget.

The 2014 Pathfinder comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The Pathfinder is quite efficient for its size; its fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway is one of the highest in the class. You'll get enough power to take on most daily courses, but not everyone will be overjoyed by the SUV’s relatively noisy engine. The Pathfinder can also struggle to accelerate quickly – particularly when it has a full load. The ride is fairly comfortable and stable, but handling is not very agile.

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Two of the best aspects of the 2014 Pathfinder are its generous passenger space and high-quality cabin materials. Soft touch points are plentiful in even the base Pathfinder S, but if you want to feel more like you're riding in an Infiniti (Nissan's luxury brand), uplevel trims like the Platinum and Platinum Premium add an extra dose of elegance. The 2014 Pathfinder is also one of the rare 3-row SUVs that can comfortably seat adults in the back for short trips, thanks to its sliding second-row seats and generous rear headroom. The Pathfinder has room for up to seven people. Its LATCH child-seat system includes lower anchors on the outboard seats in the second row, upper tether anchors all the way across this row, and one additional tether anchor in the third row.

The Pathfinder's cargo space is below average, and its standard features list is skimpy. Every model comes with tri-zone automatic climate control and an auxiliary port, which are typical for this class. Still, the similarly priced Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, and Honda Pilot come with Bluetooth and a USB port. Not every Pathfinder is barren, though; there are plenty of features available, including a rear-seat entertainment system, rear parking sensors, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. The navigation system and a 360-degree camera are both standouts of the Pathfinder's available technology.

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Used 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is about $17,500. Pricing tops out around $26,200. Remember that a used car’s price tag varies based on vehicle mileage, condition, trim level, and location. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2014 Pathfinder is not very reliable. It has a below-average score of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. For a more dependable 3-row SUV, look to the Honda Pilot or Hyundai Santa Fe instead.

How Safe Is the Pathfinder?

Crash test results for the 2014 Pathfinder are very good. It has a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (though it doesn't earn five stars in every NHTSA test). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety didn't conduct every crash test on the 2014 Pathfinder, but it awarded the SUV a first-place Good rating for the three tests it did perform.

No driver assistance features come standard in the 2014 Pathfinder. In comparison, rivals like the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot include a rearview camera in every model. Among the available safety features for the Pathfinder are a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, as well as the highly praised Around View Monitor, which offers a 360-degree view around the vehicle.

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Should I Consider Another Used Pathfinder?

The current Pathfinder generation was launched in 2013 and continues through the 2017 model year. No major changes have been made since its kickoff, though the 2017 Pathfinder marks a midcycle refresh. More technology (such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert) becomes available the newer you go, and reliability edges up a notch on the 2015 Pathfinder. Still, unless you find a better deal on a 2015 Pathfinder, there's little reason to buy newer than a 2013 or 2014 model. 

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Which Used Nissan Pathfinder Is Right for Me?

You have your pick between six trims for the 2014 Pathfinder (S, SV, SL, SL Premium, Platinum, and Platinum Premium), as well as the separately reviewed Pathfinder Hybrid. Uplevel trims come with opulent amenities like a tri-zone entertainment system or heated and ventilated front seats. If you don't need these over-the-top extras, you'll find a good value with the Pathfinder SV. It's a little more expensive than the base trim, but it adds convenient technologies like a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a proximity key.

If you're looking for a used car with a warranty, look for a certified pre-owned Pathfinder. 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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We Did the Research for You: 29 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of basing our Nissan Pathfinder review on personal opinion, we collected more than two dozen pieces of information. We combined this into one snapshot, so you'll know what to expect for gas mileage, handling, reliability, and available features for the 2014 Pathfinder.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Other SUVs to Consider

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

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is among the least expensive used midsize SUVs for sale. Good crash test scores, spacious passenger seating, and excellent fuel economy make it a pretty good value – and a solid option if your budget is limited. If you can afford a little more on the front end, however, the 2014 Toyota Highlander can reward you with better reliability and a durable, attractive cabin. You'll also get an extra seat (the Highlander can hold eight people in its standard configuration) and a crisp, intuitive infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder or 2014 Honda Pilot?

The 2014 Honda Pilot is one of the most reliable models in our used midsize SUV rankings. It also comes nicely equipped; among its standard technology is a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and an 8-inch infotainment screen. The Pilot lacks the Pathfinder's polish, though. The cabin uses cheap-feeling materials and has some questionable build quality. The Pilot's performance has a few hiccups as well, including a less powerful engine and an unrefined transmission.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder or 2014 Toyota 4Runner?

When you take into account the 2014 Toyota 4Runner's higher price, inferior NHTSA crash test scores, thirsty engine, harsh pavement ride, and low-grade cabin materials, it doesn't present an appealing alternative for most buyers contemplating a Pathfinder. The exception is for those who are serious about heading into the wilderness, as few midsize SUVs in this price range can match the 4Runner's off-roading abilities. If this isn’t your plan, stick with the Pathfinder instead.

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