Our 2013 Pathfinder was recently replaced by Nissan for a new 2014. We had a 2013 SL and now we have a 2014 Platinum. I thought I would share a couple comments about the differences we noticed with the vehicle. Keep in mind our 2013 was one of the very first to roll out. It was actually the first one at the dealership when we bought it back in 2012.
The doors seem like they have better seals. The 2013 pathfinder was pretty easy to shut the doors. The 2014 takes a little more effort, but seems quieter. We like this exchange. We haven't noticed the wind noise coming from the right rear door like we did with the 2013.
Engine noise at idle. our 2013 would idle up and down and up and down when it idled in the garage or at start up. It would continue to do this type of idle after driving it for a while and then parking it. The 2014 isn't doing any of that. It is idling level and sounds normal. It doesn't have that high pitch whine as well which is nice.
The seat belt buckles are different. They are larger on the 2014. We noticed this in both the front seats. I haven't sat in the back so I can't tell you if those are different as well.
The headlights are better aligned. The 2014 seems to be redirected further down the road which is nice. Our 2013 must have been pointing at the ground....
We haven't noticed the hood vibrating like it did on the 2013.
The passenger side airbag now just stays on when my wife is sitting in the seat. It used to go off and on as we drove down the road. She weighs probably 110 lbs so that is the problem there. I wish that weight was a bit lower so it would stay on.
I know it is early, but no shuddering. I was pretty good at getting it to happen on the 2013, but no such luck...knock on wood. It is a bit early to tell, but I wonder if the way it idled had something to do with that shudder.
gas mileage is higher in the new one. It isn't broken it yet, but our average is already higher than it was with the 2014. Nothing has changed in the way we drive or anything.
The kids noticed the heated air coming out in the rear seat. It was there in the 2013 so I'm not sure why they keep noticing this...unless it wasn't working as good. This one is still undecided if it is really is a difference.
If anything else changes or if old symptoms come back I'll let you know. We actually were thinking about trading this one in for a different one. We really liked our old Pathfinder, but it shuddered to a stop. If it wasn't for that we'd have kept it for looong time. We are pleased how Nissan worked with us and we are undecided if we want to trade it in. The tough part was trying to find a trade in value for the 2014. We did find some online, but they all had a couple thousand miles. If we traded for close to what they were asking for we would be happy. They problem would be finding something equivalent. We've had a Pilot and Acadia. Wouldn't go back to the Pilot and the ride in the Acadia was like a tank. The new Highlander seems like an option, but we really need that space behind the 3rd row.