If you read the headline to this article and said to yourself “There’s a Pathfinder Hybrid?” don’t worry, that is a very reasonable thing not to know. And since Nissan has now quietly dropped it from the lineup, you don’t need to know about it anymore anyway.

The move wasn’t really announced at first, Nissan simply took the hybrid option off of the company website. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder’s platform-mate, the 2014 Infiniti QX60, was also removed, but in this case, even any mention of it came down. With the Pathfinder, the hybrid is still on the site, but all that’s said about it is that it’s unavailable. The site will then link you to the Leaf, because apparently Nissan believes that those checking the site for any kind of electrified vehicle always start with the Pathfinder.

Both vehicles were only offered for one year, although Nissan has now released a couple of brief statements about each vehicle, and it seems that the QX60 Hybrid will live on, just not in the U.S. The QX60 Hybrid will still be sold in China and Mexico, but it has been officially dropped from the U.S. market.

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Why it matters

Killing off a model after just one year is pretty rare. Nissan isn’t releasing any sales figures that separate the hybrid from other Pathfinder or QX60 sales, but it’s safe to assume that they must have been abysmal. But it’s no wonder that they were; the hybrid option offered very little in the way of an advantage. The V6 Pathfinder gets a combined 21mpg, while the hybrid was officially rated at 26mpg, and some reviews found that it failed to hit even that mark. In fairness, those tests were conducted in winter, but even just looking at the official numbers, that isn’t a huge difference.

Since the QX60 hybrid will live on in other markets, Nissan has stated it will still be available in the U.S., sort of. It will be available for special order from a few dealerships, but Nissan did not specify which ones, and since any mention of the vehicle was removed from the Infiniti website, that won’t be of much help either. Since the cars would likely be coming from Mexico, it’s possible that it will offered by dealerships close to the boarder, but that’s just conjecture. So it won’t be easy to find out, but then it was never a strong seller anyway, and it’s possible that nobody will even try.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review here.

Source: greencarreports

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