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What’s new on the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder starts with its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) 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.
Pretty much everything but the Nissan Pathfinder name is new for 2013. That includes a transverse-mounted 3.5-liter V6, Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), unitized body, front-wheel-drive version, All-Mode 4x4 all-wheel drive system, EZ Flex seating, available panoramic sunroof, and many other new enhancements.
Nissan reinvented the Pathfinder last year, transforming it from a rugged body-on-frame SUV into a more car-like unibody crossover SUV. The result was a vehicle whose priorities changed from towing heavy loads and finding precarious paths to meeting the demands of a wider audience seeking a comfortable, fuel-efficient SUV that can stylishly schlep the kids to soccer practice and still have room for groceries. Not surprisingly, the latest Pathfinder has been a hit. As a softened crossover SUV, the 7-passenger Pathfinder is one of the most competent models in a segment that includes the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9. The Pathfinder's 26-mpg highway rating is among the segment's best, and a new hybrid model promises still-higher returns.View Nissan Pathfinder vehicles for sale near you.
By Michigan Guy on Thursday, May 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,250overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"You know how they say the negative review always outweigh the positive ones? 2/13 build with no such problems at all. Very comfortable driving vehicle and thus far very reliable and bang for your buck."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Wildmouse on Saturday, February 28, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,800overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "lot of car for the price. tows excellent"
Cons: "lights on door go off when car turned off."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"over all very good so far. Had minor trans issue that was taken care with a computor adjustment. Tires from factory cheap."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Granbury Mom on Monday, November 25, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "cabin space (Infiniti makes same size, though)"
Cons: "Can't drive it, automatic doesn't shift out of 2nd"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought it brand new - five months into it had transmission problems - never compensated for Nissan's clear problem, even though two different reps said we would. It disrupted our lives and our carpools because my car was in the shop having the transmission fixed two times (gone for 5 weeks at one time), about to be three times. Corporate knew there was a problem, tried a stop-gap measure (a transmission modulator) even though reports had been placed that the entire transmission should be replaced. Transmission was replaced with REFURBISHED parts, finally. AND, Nissan did not change the transmission on the 2014, after knowing the issues existed on the 2013. DON'T buy it! It is not worth it. Getting rid of it as soon as possible!"
55 people out of 57 found this review helpful