There are a few times throughout the year where different car manufacturers send me more cars than I have space for on my driveway. I remember last year, I had three different vehicles in a span of over 10 days. This time, I’m just playing catch up on the media cars that have rolled through Manitoba.
Last month, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and 2014 Lexus CT200h arrived. It seems I’ve been driving more hybrid vehicles in recent memory over the last couple of months. It’s a trend that won’t be ending anytime soon.
2104 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
I’m always going to have a special place in my heart for the Nissan Pathfinder. My first SUV in high school was a Nissan Pathfinder and I drove it everywhere. It was a workhorse and at the time, it was one of the first SUVs on the market. The Pathfinder has come a long way since my high school days in the early 90’s.
Firstly, it’s a hybrid and comes equipped with a dual 2.5L supercharged engine and electric motor combination that puts out 250hp, 243 lb-ft of torque. The lack of power is evident when accelerating.
During my weeklong test, average fuel consumption for combined highway/city driving was 11.8 litres/100kms. That’s a far cry from published fuel consumption of 7.8L/100kms (city) and 7.1L/100kms (highway).
There’s lots of storage space in the back when the 3rd row of seats are folded down. I would just prefer the extra storage space and get rid of the 3rd row. I’m still waiting to see a real life practical use for a 3rd row in any SUV.
The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid MSRP as tested is $49,198. Add $295 for metallic/pearl paint and carpeted floor mats and $1,560 for freight and PDI, the grand total for this media review vehicle is $51,053.
2014 Lexus CT200h F SPORT
The 2014 Lexus CT200h comes with a fresh design, and sports the signature Lexus Spindle Grille. The media review model came with the F SPORT Package option that includes 17” aluminum alloy wheels, F SPORT markings and body design elements including the front grill and rear spoiler. My one area of discontent is that the CT200h didn’t have a NAV feature, something I would expect in a car starting at $40k. The F SPORT package adds $7,450.00 to the base MSRP of $30,950.00. Price as tested is $40,529.45 which includes taxes, fees, freight and PDI.
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