2015 Nissan Pathfinder

Pros: Competitive pricing; user-friendly audio and climate controls; comfortable ride, especially in highway cruising

Cons: Higher noise levels than many class competitors; 3rd-row seating is sized for kids; some unexceptional interior materials

CG Says: Nissan’s midsize crossover SUV sees a number of minor updates for 2015. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) gets a “D-Step Shift” programming update that mimics the shifting of a conventional automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive models get hill descent control, and the upscale SL and Platinum models get Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Hybrid model is discontinued, at least temporarily. The Pathfinder offers smooth power, excellent cargo flexibility, and lots of features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. Its main letdowns are a somewhat raucous engine and real-world fuel economy that disappoints versus its excellent EPA estimates.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices S: $29,510
AWD S: $31,200
SV: $32,810
AWD SV: $34,500
SL: $36,060
AWD SL: $37,750
Platinum: $41,410
AWD Platinum: $43,100

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-27

2014 Nissan Pathfinder
2015 Nissan Pathfinder