Pros: Competitive pricing; newly available hybrid model; user-friendly audio and climate controls; comfortable ride, especially in highway cruising
Cons: Higher noise levels than many class competitors; 3rd-row seating is sized for kids; some unexceptional interior materials
CG Says: A new gas/electric Hybrid model joins the Pathfinder lineup for 2014. Updates to the conventional model are fairly minor. A new Technology Package for the volume SL model includes some equipment previously offered only on the top-line Platinum. The Nissan Pathfinder might have been late to the 7-passenger crossover party, but it made a grand entrance, offering smooth power, excellent cargo flexibility, and lots of features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. Its main letdowns are a somewhat raucous engine and real-world fuel economy that disappoints versus its excellent EPA estimates. The Hybrid is an interesting addition; its powertrain operates with laudable smoothness, but we were a bit disappointed in our 20-21-mpg fuel economy numbers (the EPA estimates are 25 city/28 highway). Still, the 2014 additions further solidify Pathfinder as one of the most compelling choices in this crowded segment.