2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Pathfinder Hybrid: Car Seat Check

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Nissan redesigned its Pathfinder for 2013 and added a hybrid model for 2014. This seven-passenger family-friendly crossover has a comfortable, inviting interior full of impressive available features like a second-row seat that provides a clear path to the third row even when a forward-facing child-safety seat is installed.

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Both gas and hybrid versions of the Pathfinder have the same dimensions, and since the hybrid model's lithium-ion battery is under the third-row seat, it doesn't impact cargo space or interior room. Thanks to plenty of passenger room and accessible Latch anchors, we had no trouble installing child-safety seats in the Pathfinder's second and third rows.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 25, 2014 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 2,310 model-year 2014 versions of the Nissan Pathfinder crossover; only vehicles with almond-colored interiors built between July 25 and Sept. 5, 2013, are affected.

The Problem: An improperly manufactured seam on the instrument panel could cause the front passenger airbag to deploy incorrectly, increasing the risk of injury.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected instrument panel assemblies for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners in early November. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 5, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: First Drive

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I'm a big fan of Nissan's latest Pathfinder — a roomy, quick-handling seven-passenger crossover-type SUV with decent fuel economy, slick looks and a healthy dose of usable technology. What's not to like? Well, good as the gas mileage is, Nissan figures it could be better.

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid is nearly 20 percent more fuel efficient than it's gas sibling, but to find out how it performs Nissan invited me to drive a production-intent prototype on a short loop through the streets of downtown Nashville, Tenn.

By Aaron Bragman | October 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

Nissan Prices 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid

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Nissan's first hybrid crossover just went on sale; the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid starts at $35,970 for the base SV two-wheel-drive version, including an $860 destination fee. When the crossover debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Nissan claimed it would cost around $3,000 more than the V-6-powered model, and the automaker kept its word. Regular two-wheel-drive SV Pathfinders start at $32,970.

Outside, the Hybrid model nearly mirrors the regular version, but adds LED taillights and Nissan PureDrive hybrid badges. Inside, a power gauge shows output readings from the electric motor and gas engine as well as regenerative braking information. Nissan says the battery pack fits under the third row and does not impact passenger space or cargo capacity. 

By Jennifer Geiger | October 28, 2013 | Comments (4)

Should I Buy a Nissan Pathfinder or Hyundai Santa Fe?

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By Rick Popely | September 15, 2013 | Comments (8)

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Video

You've got to get a load of this glove compartment. Sure, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays notes that the new car-based platform of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder helps make this three-row crossover more fuel efficient and family friendly. Sure, the updated exterior design is generally well-done, and the interior is serviceably comfortable. Sure, cargo space is generous behind the third row, if lacking overall. But when you have a glove compartment that fits a laptop, owner's manual, enough bottled water to make family travel a nightmare and, um, Mays' shoe … well, just watch the video and see for yourself.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti JX SUVs

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Nissan is recalling more than 19,258 model-year 2013 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs due to a problem that could result in reduced braking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The vehicles were manufactured between Dec. 3, 2012, and Jan. 29, 2013. In these impacted cars the front brake torque member was improperly cast, resulting in structural weakness; this can lead to premature failure and cracking. If the part fails, the brake caliper could move and contact the inside of the road wheel, resulting in reduced braking and increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will begin notifying owners in early May, and dealers will replace the parts for free. The investigation was prompted by a field report in March of a braking failure, the Detroit News reported.

Owners can contact Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Perhaps using its imposing makeover for 2013 to scare off competitors, the Toyota RAV4 continued its reign of terror atop our list of most-read reviews of the week. The compact crossover's nearest opponent, the 2013 Ford Fusion, generated a little more than a third of RAV4's reader interest. Maybe newcomers to the list, including the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid (No. 6) and the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (No. 10), will gain enough confidence in coming weeks to face down the RAV4.

Until then, check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Ford Fusion
3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
4. 2013 Ford Explorer
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Altima
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
By Matt Schmitz | February 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2013 RAV4 held off the competition once again to retain the top spot among our most-read reviews of the week. It was joined by some fresh faces this week: the 2013 models of the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Fusion Hybrid landed at Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively, squeezing the Cadillac ATS, Mazda CX-5 and Acura RDX out of the top 10. Meanwhile, the Toyota Avalon, Ford Fusion and Ford Escape gained some ground, as the Ford Explorer, Nissan Altima and Subaru XV Crosstrek lost their footing.

Check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Toyota Avalon
3. 2013 Ford Fusion
4. 2013 Ford Escape
5. 2013 Ford Explorer
6. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
7. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
8. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
9. 2013 Nissan Altima
10. Subaru XV Crosstrek
By Matt Schmitz | January 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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As Nissan hustles to catch up to competitors like Ford, Honda and Toyota in the growing three-row crossover market, the stylishly reimagined 2013 Pathfinder helps the automaker make up some ground by striking a balance between drivability and efficiency. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Pathfinder's passing power and towing capacity are diminished with the new 3.5-liter V-6 engine; cargo space and tech features could also be better. Still, he says, the crossover’s comfortable interior and lighter, more-fuel-efficient body show that the Pathfinder is on the right path.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 12, 2012 | Comments (1)

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