2014 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
John Voelcker John Voelcker Senior Editor

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder expands its footprint in the heart of the family market, adding a hybrid model to last year's seven-seat, family-friendly crossover utility vehicle.

The old, brawny, rock-climbing Pathfinder is gone, but families will find this a very competitive suburban family transport.

Compared to the Dodge Durango or the Chevrolet Traverse (or the Traverse's siblings, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave), the Pathfinder weighs hundreds of pounds less--and you can feel it from the driver's seat.

On the other hand, both the Dodge and those large GM crossovers offer more comfortable seating all around—especially in the second row, compared to the Pathfinder.

The Ford Explorer may pose the toughest competition to the Pathfinder, though it doesn't have a hybrid offering as the Pathfinder and Highlander do.

The Explorer is refined, handles well, and offers more safety technology.

Both the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander, however, lose out to the longer Pathfinder on seating and interior space.

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8.0
With a new hybrid model, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has the Toyota Highlander and its hybrid model in its sights.
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The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse offers up all the practicality, space, and features that will make a big family happy--provided you prefer an understated style.
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The 2014 Dodge Durango is a great family hauler, and a top-notch utility infielder when you need extra brawn—made better this year with some important upgrades.
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The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage.
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Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.
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The 2014 Toyota Highlander covers familiar territory, without straying too far into Adventure Land.
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