Building on Success
Nissan didn't make many changes to its Pathfinder for the 2015 model year, which is to be expected: the Pathfinder has been a hit since it debuted as an all-new model in 2013. When the new 3-row SUV came out, it found a wider audience as a more approachable daily-driving modern SUV than it ever had as a more rugged off-roader. Since the reinvented Pathfinder came out, it has been on KBB's Best Family Cars lists for 2013 and 2014. With changes that make the Continuously Variable Transmission feel more like a traditional automatic transmission, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder continues its ascent toward the upper echelon of the modern midsize SUV category.
From our full review of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder: "If refinement and car-like handling are more important than off-road and towing ability, we think Nissan's 2015 Pathfinder crossover SUV should be at the top of your shopping list. Thanks to its unit body, the 7-passenger Pathfinder can accommodate a modern suspension that returns a stable, smooth ride and excellent road manners."
Build and Price
The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder starts around $30,000 and tops out at about $46,000. But those are sticker prices. Build and price your own Pathfinder to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
A Fleet of Trim Levels
The base 2015 Nissan Pathfinder S comes with 18-inch wheels, Advanced Drive Assist display, and Nissan's EZ Flex seating system. The SV adds the RearView monitor and Bluetooth connectivity; the SL leather seats and trim, a 120-volt power outlet, remote start, and power liftgate; the SL Premium a Bose audio system, Around View monitor, Nissan navigation and dual panorama moonroof; the Platinum 20-inch wheels, more features and the availability of a Tri-Zone entertainment system. All 2015 Pathfinders are front-wheel drive standard, with optional all-wheel drive.
A Heads-Up from Buyers
KBB consumer reviews mention issues with the current-generation Pathfinder's transmission. KBB user Dano purchased a new Pathfinder, and while he hasn't mentioned transmission issues, he said: "Great vehicle so far. Easy to drive. 22mpg city 25-27 highway mpg. Way too pretty to take off road. Front seats could be a little more comfortable. plenty of power when needed." Read more consumer reviews of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder.
With such a range of styles and prices, there is a seemingly endless list of potential competitors for the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. Don't make a move without taking a look at KBB's Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide.
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