What if a car is launched, ever so quietly, and no one notices at first? Does it exist? Such existential questions are posed by the recent discovery that Nissan is now selling a hybrid version of its Murano crossover utility vehicle, as of the current 2016 model year. DON'T MISS: Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid 'No Longer Available,' Infiniti QX60 Twin Vanishes Too (Jul 2015) The news was reported by enthusiast publication Car and Driver, which gave the vehicle's specifications and noted that it had quietly appeared on Nissan's website without an official announcement. The enthusiast publication...
Ten Used Hybrid Cars To Consider Steering Clear Of: UPDATED
Some used cars are better bets than others. And just as new hybrid cars vary in efficiency, driving quality, and sales volume, some used hybrids may be a more conservative bet than others. A used Toyota Prius is by far the most familiar and most numerous hybrid, with more than 7 million sold...John Voelcker
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid 'No Longer Available,' Infiniti QX60 Twin Vanishes Too: UPDATED
Four months ago, we inquired about the fate of the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid. That version of the popular seven-seat family SUV, with a 2.5-liter four and a mild-hybrid system replacing the usual 3.5-liter V-6, had launched as a 2014 model. We weren't impressed with the car, either in prototype form...John Voelcker
Nissan Rogue Hybrid Launched In Japan, U.S. Sales Uncertain
More than four years after launching its Leaf electric car, Nissan is by far the leading maker of electric vehicles globally. In hybrids, however, it was late to the game and has struggled to package products that will prove compelling to North American buyers. Its announcement this week that it...John Voelcker
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Missing In Action, Or Just Slow-Selling?
The Nissan Pathfinder crossover utility vehicle seems to be doing well for Nissan, following its 2013 reinvention as a seven-seat family vehicle rather than the tough truck-based 4x4 that had previously defined the Pathfinder name. There's one model of the Pathfinder, however, that seems to be...John Voelcker
2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Gas Mileage Test Disappointing
Hybrid SUVs and crossover utility vehicles remain rare compared to the growing array of hybrid passenger sedans and hatchbacks. So we've been eager to test the new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, one of only four hybrid crossovers. MORE: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid: Is It Hybrid Enough To Matter?...John Voelcker
Last year, we drove a prototype Infiniti JX Hybrid, as it was then called (it's now in production as the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid). At that point, we wondered whether its mild-hybrid system would be "hybrid enough" to compete against the Lexus RX 450h that spawned the hybrid crossover segment two generations ago. Now we've driven the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which uses the same system, and the question is even stronger in our minds: Is it hybrid enough to matter? MORE: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder - review To recap, the new-for-2014 Pathfinder Hybrid replaces the standard 260-horsepower...