2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Discontinued
Despite the latest trend of introducing hybrid-powered versions of the popular models, some hybrids are due to be discontinued in the US. One of them is the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which is going to be the last of its kind due to poor sales. Not only will the model be discontinued in the US but on the Canadian market as well. Another SUV to follow in its footsteps will be the 2016 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid SUV.
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is a three-row SUV offered in SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. Compared to the standard Pathfinder powered by a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 engine, the hybrid version costs extra $3,000. Its gas-electric system combines a 2.5-liter unit, an electric motor, lithium-ion batteries and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The system’s combined output reaches 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, while its fuel economy is estimated at 25/28 mpg (city/highway).
2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Review
The only notable difference between the hybrid and standard models is in their powertrains. All of the other features, including design and trim levels, are almost identical in both versions. There are only two minor exceptions in the form of LED headlights and several small Pure Drive Hybrid badges.
The Japanese automaker has developed both the Pathfinder and QX60 models independently. Although Nissan takes pride in these models, they haven’t managed to establish themselves on the North American market as popular family-haulers. A lot of theories concerning the reasons of their demise have surfaced so far. However, the simple truth is that American buyers find some other models more appealing and trustworthy. After all, in matters of taste there is no dispute.
Contrary to its North American discontinuation, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is expected to soldier on other global markets. The same goes for the 2016 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid. The model will continue to be sold on these markets with some minor enhancements. The standard version of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in North America with its familiar trim levels and unchanged pricing.