What's new on the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder starts with its CVT transmission that receives D-Step Shift Logic, a program that allows the CVT to feel like a traditional transmission changing gears. Hill Descent Control is added to AWD models, while the SL and Platinum trims gain Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
A year after a complete revamp, the big news for the 2014 Pathfinder lineup is the introduction of a hybrid model. Also new is a tech package that bundles goodies such as a Bose premium sound system, navigation and 8-inch touch screen.
Once known for its rugged body-on-frame design, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has morphed into a much more family-friendly crossover SUV, with a roomy, modern interior, good ride and handling characteristics and impressive power. Although still available with all-wheel drive (AWD), the Pathfinder is no longer the choice for those who need to venture off-road or tow heavy loads. It can, however, manage a gaggle of teenaged soccer players and their gear, or double as a light-duty truck for those weekend runs to Home Depot. Up against such heavyweights as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander, the Pathfinder holds its own, offering a full complement of technology and creature comforts. Regrettably, production of the high-mileage Pathfinder Hybrid has been put on hold for now.