2015 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP $29,510 - $43,250

Ranked #14 in Suv

7.1

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 17, 2021

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The Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row seven-seater SUV that can commute people with decent comfort and ride quality. As the name suggests, the 4WD version of this car can take you anywhere even if there is no path. Its lightweight nature gives it very good steering feedback comparatively. As a result, it drives and handles better than its competitors. It incorporates a hydraulic steering wheel for better handling.

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Pros

Plush interior and upscale materials

Segment leading fuel economy

Easy to use infotainment interface

The third row is easy to access.

Cons

Subpar cargo capacity

The base model misses out on Bluetooth

Scanty third-row space

What's New?

The blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert has been added to the safety features list.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29510

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

134 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

240 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.2 in.

length

197.2 in.

width

77.2 in.

height

69.6 in.

curb weight

4168 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

157.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

79.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1726 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

526.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$29,510 onwards

SV$32,810 onwards

SL$36,210 onwards

Platinum$41,560 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Nissan Pathfinder in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


The exterior styling of the car is not so distinctive and looks like another car from the Nissan Lineup due to its traditional Nissan front fascia. Moreover, it sports 18-inch alloy wheels that give it an upright and elevated stance. It also has an exemplary towing capacity and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder rivals the likes of other strong competitors like Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and Honda Pilot.


8.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2015 Nissan Pathfinder Features

8.5/10

The Nissan Pathfinder is available in 4 different trims starting from $29,510 for its base trim and goes up to $41,560 for the top rack variant with some tweaks in the overall features. Base trims come with 2WD and 4WD. As standard, the basic feature includes remote keyless entry, Air conditioning with climate controls, Telescoping Steering Column, Variable Intermittent Wipers, Black Grille w/Chrome Surround, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Let’s have a look at the other highlight features in the table below.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP

$29,510

$33,140

$36,210

$41,560

Key-features

Keyless entry

7-inch infotainment screen

Features of SV, plus:

Features of SL, plus:

 

Tri-zone automatic controls

Bluetooth

Leather Upholstery

8-inch touchscreen

 

Urethane Gear Shifter Material

USB Port

Heated front seats

Navigation System

 

Cloth Door Trim Insert

Satellite Radio

Power liftgate

Ventilated seats

 

Cloth Seat Trim

Rear-view camera

Remote start

Moon-roof

 

6-Speakers

Parking Sensors

Blind-spot monitoring

Leather Gear Shifter Material

We Recommend:

We recommend the SL trim for its plethora of convenient features but it gets a bit expensive when compared but definitely worth it. It also gets an additional long list of options. As standard, the SL trim comes with features like Leather Upholstery, Blind-spot monitoring, Heated front seats, compass, 8-way power driver's seat w/memory, and power lumbar support, and Leather Steering Wheel.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The engine of the Nissan Pathfinder comes with only one engine option across all the trims which is a 3.5 L V6 engine that is capable of punching out 260 hp of power and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, it is a punchy and powerful engine with lots of low-end grunts. As standard, 

All the trims of the Nissan Pathfinder come equipped with both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive trains, and the power is transmitted to the wheels through a Continuous variable transmission for better mileage by compromising the performance. It has a capacity to boost from a standstill to the 60 MPH mark in 8.2 seconds and can attain a quarter-mile time of 16.6 seconds. In terms of top speed, it can hit a maximum speed of 140 mph which is the best in class.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Chevrolet Traverse

Buick Enclave

Honda Pilot

MSRP

$29,510

$30,995

$39,050

$29,870

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Front-Wheel Drive

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

260 hp @ 6400 rpm

281 hp @ 6300 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

250 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

266 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.2

8

7.8

8.2

Quarter mile time (sec)

16.6

16.3

16.1

16.1

Top Speed (mph)

140 mph

130 mph

N/A

130 mph

Among the competition, the Honda Pilot is the car with the least power output but performs on par with the Nissan Pathfinder. While the Buick Enclave punches out the highest power output of 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque respectively. On paper, the Buick Enclave is the fastest to 60 mph and clocks a time of 7.8 seconds. Moreover, the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave hit a top speed of 130 mph. Nevertheless, the Nissan Pathfinder is the fastest car in its segment.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder excels in the fuel economy part with quite remarkable fuel economy figures of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highways and retains its prominence pretty well when it comes to fuel efficiency. Combined, it is capable of averaging a mileage of 23 mpg which is the highest in its class. As standard, the Nissan Pathfinder comes equipped with a 19.5-gallon fuel tank that allows it to traverse a total distance of 390 and 527 miles in the city and on the highway respectively which is the highest overall range in the segment.

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Chevrolet Traverse

Buick Enclave

Honda Pilot

MPG (City) (mpg)

20

17

17

18

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

27

24

24

25

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

23

19

19

21

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

19.5 gal

22.0 gal

22.0 gal

21.0 gal

Range (City/Hwy)

390/527

374/528

374/528

378/525

In comparison, the Honda Pilot offers the second-highest mileage of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg while cruising on the highway. While both Buick and Chevrolet return the least fuel economy of 17 mpg and 24 mpg in the city and on the highways respectively. They also get the highest voluminous tank of 22 gallons which in turn lets the car cover a distance of 374 miles and 528 miles in the city and highway respectively.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

6.0/10

The Nissan Pathfinder receives a minimalistic and simple interior considering today’s standards. The dashboard is simple and the buttons used in the center console are easy to use. Furthermore, the materials used inside the cabin are upscale and the higher trims get leather upholstery as standard. The center console also gets wood accents to add to the looks of the cabin.

The Nissan Pathfinder has a seating capacity of 7 passengers. of its occupancy, the seats on offer have a comfortable and luxurious feel to it along with heated seats on the front and rear as well. It has headroom of 41.4 inches in the front which leads the segment and 38.5 inches in the rear. It sports a cargo capacity of 16 cubic feet which is not adequate when compared to the other cars. 

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Chevrolet Traverse

Buick Enclave

Honda Pilot

Seating Capacity

7

8

7

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.4/60.7/42.3

40.4/61.5/41.3

40.4/61.6/41.3

40.0/61.5/41.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/60.4/41.7

39.4/61.0/36.8

39.4/61.3/36.8

39.8/62.2/38.5

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.0 cu-ft.

24.4 cu-ft

23.3 cu-ft

18.0 cu-ft

In comparison, Both Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave have similar front row space and second-row space as they share the same platform. However, the cargo capacity on offer is the highest in the Chevrolet Traverse so that you can take adequate luggage for the weekend drive. While the Honda Pilot offers 18 cubic feet. As a result, the Chevrolet Traverse vanquishes the competition when it comes to cargo capacity. Some standout interior features of the Nissan Pathfinder include:

  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Urethane Gear Shifter Material
  • Cloth Door Trim Insert
  • Leather Steering Wheel (higher trims)
  • Leather Gear Shifter Material (higher trims)

How intuitive is the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system on the Nissan Pathfinder features a primary display screen, which is controlled by a touch that sits perfectly on the central console. As standard, it comes equipped with modern features like Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering wheel mounted audio controls, 6-Speakers, AM/FM/MP3, and Integrated Roof Diversity Antenna. Some other standout features and optional features in the higher trims are listed below

  • Bose 13 Speakers
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Zagat Survey restaurant guide
  • XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability
  • 8" color VGA display
  • Voice recognition

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

6.0/10

Like its interior, the exterior also looks simple and clean. The headlights look sharp and bold and blend in well with the traditional Nissan Grille in the front. The crease lines are smooth and clean as well. It also gets fog lamps in the front for better visibility. The taillights also look good and go well with the exterior design of the car. The base trim sports 18-inch wheels while the top trim gets an, even more, bigger 20-inch metallic paint finish alloy wheels.

It is the lightest of the lot with a curb weight of 4260 lbs and it occurs to be one of the shortest cars among its opponents with a length of 197.2 inches, 77.2 inches wide, and 70.2 inches tall, and has the lowest ground clearance of 7.0 inches above the ground. When it comes to the wheelbase, it again has mediocre dimensions measuring 114.2 inches

Model

Nissan Pathfinder

Chevrolet Traverse

Buick Enclave

Honda Pilot

Curb Weight (lbs)

4260 lb.

4647 lb.

4724 lb.

4299 lb.

Length (in.)

197.2 in.

203.7 in.

201.9 in.

191.4 in.

Width (in.)

77.2 in.

78.5 in.

79.0 in.

78.5 in.

Height (in.)

70.2 in.

69.9 in.

71.7 in.

70.7 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.0 in.

7.2 in.

7.6 in.

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

114.2 in.

118.9 in.

118.9 in.

109.2 in.

In comparison, the Honda Pilot is considerably the shortest car with a length of 191.4 inches and has a width of 78.5 inches. Moreover, the Buick Enclave has the highest ground clearance of 7.6 inches which adds to the off-roading capabilities. On the other hand, both the American rivals have the same wheelbase of 118.9 inches. Some of the exterior notable features are as follows

  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Auto headlamps off
  • Crossbars
  • Rear bumper protector 

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

6.0/10

The base trim comes with all the essential safety features, while the Platinum trim gets an extensive list of features and got five ratings from NHTSA but it gets a four-star rating for the rollover test. However, it bags the 2015 top safety pick + award from IIHS and gets an overall ‘Good rating’ from them except for the small overlap passenger side where it scores Acceptable. Some of the standout safety features include

  • Rear-view camera
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • 360-degree parking camera(optional)

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The Nissan Pathfinder is a decent family SUV and seems to perform decently in every aspect. It has a great cabin space to commute people with comfort. It has a top-notch fuel efficiency so that you don’t have to worry about your fuel expenses. Moving on to the engine performance, it somehow balances the performance and mileage and offers a great performance overall. However, there are some negatives too. For instance, it has dismal cargo capacity, Bluetooth is not available in base trims and third space is not sufficient enough. Apart from that, it is an ideal car for a family and if you are looking for a full-fledged family SUV, the Pathfinder is worth considering while buying.

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