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Editors' Page: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

By Editors on January 28, 2014 9:00 PM
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Building on Success

Nissan didn't make many changes to its Pathfinder for the 2014 model year, which is to be expected: when the 2013 Pathfinder debuted as an all-new model, it was a hit, finding a wider audience as a more approachable daily-driving modern SUV than it ever had as a more rugged off-roader. The 2013 Pathfinder even took the number one position in our Ten Best Family Cars of 2013 list. With a new technology package and a hybrid model, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder continues its ascent toward the upper echelon of the modern midsize SUV category.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder: "...more refined than past models...due in large part because the old model used a truck-based body-on-frame setup, which made it a capable off-roader but not the best for highway cruising. The latest Pathfinder feels more stable in everyday driving, and its suspension and stability systems help keep body roll in check through corners."

Build and Price

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder starts around $30,000 and tops out in the mid-$40,000 range. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own Pathfinder to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

A Fleet of Trim Levels

The base 2014 Nissan Pathfinder S comes with 18-inch wheels, Advanced Drive Assist display, and Nissan's EZ Flex seating system. The SV adds the RearView monitor and Bluetooth connectivity; the SL leather seats and trim, fog lights, remote start, and power liftgate; the SL Premium a Bose audio system and dual panorama moonroof; the Platinum 20-inch wheels, Around View monitor, and Nissan Navigation; and the Platinum Premium adds the moonroof and Tri-Zone entertainment system to the Platinum offerings. All 2014 Pathfinders are front-wheel drive standard, with optional all-wheel drive.

A Heads-Up from Buyers

KBB consumer reviews mention issues with the current-generation Pathfinder's transmission. KBB user Nissannut purchased a new Pathfinder in March and said: "My dealer assured me that the newest builds DID have problems but that they were resolved by the time ours was manufactured." Nissannut also reports: "Love the driving dynamic. Very comfortable. Like the seats alot for long trips. Stereo system is amazing!" Read more consumer reviews of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder.

Big Decisions

With such a range of styles and prices, there is a seemingly endless list of potential competitors for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. Don't make a move without seeing all your midsize SUV options for 2014.



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