Bottom line: The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder belongs on the shopping list of anyone looking for a reasonably fuel-efficient mid-to-full-size SUV that can seat up to seven people. Ride, acceleration and handling: This is a good highway companion. It gets good marks in all three.
Head-turning quotient: It is attractive in the driveway — and presents less of a visual obstacle to other motorists than some of its bulkier rivals do.
Body style/layout: This is a frontengine, midsize SUV/crossover (a family hauler, really) available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Construction is car-based unit body. There are four trim levels — S, SV, SL and Platinum.
Engine/transmission: The Pathfinder comes standard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve gasoline V-6 engine with variable valve timing (260 horsepower, 240 pound-feet of torque). The engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission.
Capacities: It can seat up to seven people. Cargo capacity with all seats up is 16 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gallons (regular grade is okay).
Mileage: I averaged 26 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, emergency braking assistance, stability and traction control, dusk-sensing headlamps, front fog lights, tirepressure monitoring, and side and head air bags. Recommended optional safety
equipment: Blind-side and rear cross-traffic monitoring, lanedeparture warning system, 360degree vision camera.
Pricing: The 2015 Nissan Platinum edition with all-wheel drive starts at $43,100, with a dealer’s invoice price of $39,730. Price as tested is $46,245 including $1,917 in options (advanced electronic safety equipment, floor mats) and an $885 factory-to-dealer shipment charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $42,948, including a negotiable $416 “advertising fee.”