Well, that didn’t last long. Nissan is pulling the plug on the hybrid version of its Pathfinder after only one year. The automaker is dropping it for the 2016 model year. However, the twin version of the vehicle, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, will be staying around.
Nissan Bids Farewell to Pathfinder Hybrid For 2016
The hybrid Pathfinder cost $3,000 to $5,000 more than the gas version, and there wasn’t a huge performance and fuel economy differnece between the two.
The hybrid combined a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, which churned out 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That’s a hair below the output for the 3.5-liter V6 package. In the fuel economy department, the hybrid gets 25/28 city and highway mpg for the hybrid and 20/27 mpg for the V6 package.
Pathfinder sales were up nearly five percent for the first half of the year, but we don’t know how many of those were hybrid models.
Nissan spokesman Dan Bedore says the automaker is still interested in producing hybrid SUVs. According to Automotive News, Nissan is rumored to be planning a hybrid version of the smaller Rogue crossover.