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
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
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!!
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 .
We are a family of 6 and were on the hunt for a new vehicle. Realizing I would most likes need another minivan to haul my crew around. We test drove several gas guzzling SUVs, popular family vans. Test drove a Pathfinder on a whim. Not only is it a fantastic looking vehicle, it is super roomy inside. Plenty of room in all rows for my family. Cargo space offers no less space than my minivan did, folding down half or all of the 3rd row seat for more cargo space is a breeze. I could not have asked for a better vehicle for our large family.
I recently purchased this Pathfinder on 7/26/15. On 8/3/15 I started having a shudder when I accelerate at low speeds. The notorious CVT shudder. Nissan doesn't offer loaners or rental reimbursement unless you pay an extra 2000$ - (ridiculous). I know for sure after a 95 altima, 02 Maxima, 09 Altima hybrid. This Pathfinder will be the last Nissan I ever buy.