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Editors' Page: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder

By on December 17, 2014 11:48 AM
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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.

Driving It

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.

Big Decisions

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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