Parenthood necessitates trade-offs in the name of practicality. For example, Manolo Blahnik shoes are not practical on the soccer field sidelines, and a tiny sports car isn't practical with three young children and a husband in tow. For me, a car must be able to fit many and much, offer entry and exit that doesn't elicit complaints and generally make my life easier. It's a tall order, but possible, and one need look no further than the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder to find all of these elements.
The 2014 Pathfinder is a practical three-row crossover that comes at an affordable price, which makes it even more likable. Of course, the trade-off is it isn't glamorous, but neither am I (anymore), and both the Pathfinder and I get the job done.
This seven-seat Pathfinder has the ubiquitous crossover curves. It's powered by a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and offers a perfectly acceptable, albeit uninspiring, ride. With all-wheel drive, the Pathfinder gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg city/highway. The Pathfinder Hybrid with all-wheel drive gets a slightly better 25/27 mpg.