I will soon be 68 and retired and I have just the base model Pathfinder and I love this machine . I could not see paying more for technology I never used . First and foremost is ride , comfort, and quietness , next is fuel economy . for a machine that weighs 4300 pounds , can hall 7 adults in comfort , and can pull 5000 pounds , and yet is very quick to respond and move down the road , and still be ultra quiet , Wow, this Machine does everything . The is my First SUV in my entire life and only because we are setting on 5 trillion barrels of oil and Liquid Natural gas did I consider such a big machine. We have far more energy than any nation on the planet easily . So this gave me big confidence in my purchase . I test drove many SUV's,, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander , as well as many American models , I promised myself never to buy a machine that had an American logo again after buying pure trash made by GM. This machine was more comfortable and quiet than any in this price range , thus by being an engineering Technician and having an energy engineering background,, this gave me a future to look at to make my purchase . But what a surprise to see the on board computer show me how to get 30 MPG with a machine only rated for 27 on the high way. You can use full synthetic 0-20 with extra additives and squeeze out even more mileage . You can go slow when your not in a hurry,, say 60, or 65 and watch this big machine give even better gas mileage , easily above 30 MPG , yet be ultra smooth and ultra quiet . I love riding by myself in the quiet . I absolutely love this big heavy Duty CVT . This is the best CVT that Nissan has ever made and it drives like a dream . It is great on short trips or long trips . The down side , do not expect the dealers to give you a good deal , they will not ,, all are out to make the most profit for their dealership . They will not hesitate to tell you big lies, so I am not happy with our local Conroe Tx. ,,, Streeter Smith Dealership . Don't buy from these people shop around and get a better deal . But as for the quality of this machine , it is fantastic . Better than anything else for the money . Edmunds wanted me to update the review after having about 14,000 miles on the vehicle and going through my First Summer . The only Negative is the AC system on this machine is not the best and is lacking in Performance . I blame it on the Dealership insistence on meeting minimum standards verses Customer Standards , both General Motors and Chrysler went Bankrupt meeting Minimum Standards , Dodge , Plymouth and Chrysler went Bankrupt Twice in my life time showing pure incompetence and neglecting the needs of the buyers . I hope Nissan does not go this route, The AC system takes a long time to cool off and appears to be under sized for the area of the vehicle . I am a 68 year technician , retired , and down south you must have excellent AC systems for any machine . We can immediately tell which companies do not give a damn about Southerners . I am not happy with the local Streeter Smith Technicians , Customers should never have to fight or argue with the Dealership to get a Good AC system working properly . Technicians have all been to many AC System schools and understand proper Engineering, I had the exact same problem with my Buick before they went bankrupt , cutting corners to make more profit . Still I love the vehicle , but not the AC system in our Southern Houston Texas climate . OK, Edmunds wants me to update my Opinion after having 20,000 miles on the Pathfinder . Things that I have added , added an after market trailer hitch , mainly to haul a luggage rack that fits inside the hitch . I have no plans to pull anything but these add on luggage racks can haul 500 pounds and out of the way of wind , perfect for trips , it works great but naturally kind of hinders your rear view especially if you have it loaded down with gear . I added after market running board rails to step inside the vehicle , and they work great after small modifications to attach them securely . I undercoated the vehicle for sound deadening . It was already super quiet , but now is even more quiet . This makes the quietness of the vehicle above and beyond anything I have ever test driven or rode in regardless of the price . I highly suggest undercoating for quietness . I wound up putting many more miles on this SUV because it is an absolutely dream to drive . and the Gas mileage is still excellent coming in at about 30 MPG . at about 68 MPH on level terrain . This is excellent for a machine of this weight and hauling ability . This CVT is above anything on the Market , is ultra smooth and ultra quiet . Naturally all machines and Engineering must be constantly upgraded and improved , but CVT's are here to stay and are the Tranny of the future . This machine has a pulling Chain instead of a metal pulling Belt and excellent .
First let me say that I am a real car guy that races sports cars and karts on the weekend so I know cars. Don't let the bad reviews scare you, we are 6 months and 7000 miles onto our 2015 and are very happy with our choice. I believe any issues with the CVT have been sorted in the first 2 model years. Just a few weeks after buying it we took it on a 2000 mile road trip with 2 small kids and it was flawless. I would drive it again that far in a moments notice. I made 26 mpg with it in 2wd mode with the cruise set to 78mph. Best highway road trip vehicle ever. Our previous car was a 2011 Forester that we never "loved" even though that is Subaru slogan. This car my wife loves. Car seats fit well and still allow 3rd row access. Jogging stroller fits even with 3rd row upright. My only complaint is the SV model Bluetooth will not allow you to stream audio only talk by phone. Also Nissan does not play well with my Samsung Galaxy. For streaming audio you must buy the SL and Tech package. I think that's crazy. Also heated seats are a must for us so we added dealer installed aftermarket heated cloth seats for $500 and didn't have to pay for all the extra SL items we really didn't want. Got 0% financing and a 2 year maintenance package included as well.
Had a ton of vehicles and by far best "Family" SUV
written on 05-15-2015
Ok, you are talking to a girl who loves vehicles. I've had everything from Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Jeep. I've stood by Honda products and still will. But, this Pathfinder Plat is amazing!!! Tons of space for car seat, stroller, Grammy & Papa, too. I use the cargo area in/the floor as a diaper station on wheels. Ride is great, large pano moon roof. Not sure if I'd buy one-since I lease the base path-and wasn't impressed by long term quality-not like my Acura-which aged beautifully. But, going from a Path base to Plat-huge difference and totally worth the $$. Only wish it had the App feature like in the my Altima SL. Looking for space for family and everyone is comfy and happy go w/the Plat!!
Owned the car since May 2015. Took a little while for the highway mileage to get up to the 27 range. When I tow my 16' Jayco trailer, I only get 13MPG on the highway. It would be nice if the front passenger seat was more adjustable. The kids love the entertainment system, but it's a little confusing that the DVD has to go in the driver headrest player if everyone is going to view it. The overhead camera view and blindspot monitors are wonderful. I really like the car, but the Fucillo Dealership was so bad it spoiled the experience. They are [non-permissible content removed]. They made several "clerical" errors on the paperwork (in their favor). The salesman agreed to one price than outright lied when the paperwork came out. I would never go back to Fucillo Nissan even for service.
I replaced a 15 year old Expedition with the 2015 Pathfinder (purchased used with 15,000 miles on it) and, overall, have been very happy with it. The mileage is impressive, the ride is comfortable and very quiet, with solid acceleration and very nice safety features. All of this is 100% true "until" the trailer gets attached ... and I'm not talking some 4,000 pound'er but a single axle utility trailer weighing about 1,800 pounds loaded. Mileage drops from an impressive 25-26 mpg to being lucky if I can get it to 12 (and that requires some very slow acceleration) using Tow Mode. I really DO like the Pathfinder but if you're looking for something that won't break the bank while towing a moderate load, look elsewhere.