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John Brennan ASKED THE GUIDE

2014 Nissan Pathfinder any good?

My daughter had a really bad experience with her Ford Territory when its brakes failed and is looking to replace it. She is looking at the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder ST X-Tronic 2WD, but has been told that the CVT is suspect and the fuel economy is not good. She is looking to spend ~$36k. Is this a good choice, or should she be looking at something else?

Some owners have complained about the CVT in past models, but we haven't had any reports about the current model here at Carsguide. The issue complained about is shuddering on take-off. Fuel consumption is also a concern. The Pathfinder has a powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine and reports say it can slurp 10 L/100 km on the highway and more around town. If your daughter is concerned she should perhaps look at a four-cylinder SUV.

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