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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Review

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has composed handling, a roomy interior, and good fuel economy for a midsize SUV. However, it ranks toward the bottom of the class because of a below-average reliability rating, making it hard to recommend this Nissan over its competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy for the class
  • Comfortable, roomy seats
  • Low reliability rating
  • Noisy engine under hard acceleration
  • Fewer advanced safety features than rivals

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder's #16 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Pathfinder has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 37 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder a Good Used SUV?

The Pathfinder is not a good used midsize SUV. Although it has a spacious and refined interior, user-friendly tech features, and great fuel economy, its ranking suffers because of a low reliability rating. This Nissan is overshadowed by three-row competitors like the 2015 Toyota Highlander and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. Compared to the Pathfinder, both of these SUVs have higher reliability ratings, seating for up to eight, and more advanced safety features such as forward collision warning.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 37 professional evaluations for this 2015 Nissan Pathfinder review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder?

Our site has almost 2,000 listings for the 2015 Pathfinder, with an average price of about $22,700. Prices range from about $17,000 to roughly $28,500, and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Pathfinder are estimated to be about $26,977. That’s above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Pathfinder?

The 2019 Pathfinder starts at $31,230, which is a big jump from the 2015 model. However, Nissan has added lots of features since the 2015 model year and updated the SUV’s exterior for 2017.

The new Pathfinder has a stronger V6 engine than the 2015 model, and an improved suspension for a better ride. It also includes a standard 8-inch touch screen, automatic emergency braking, and a rear-seat alert feature.

Still, like the 2015 model, the 2019 is a low-ranked midsize SUV with a below-average reliability rating, a rough ride, and an underwhelming interior. You’re better off taking another path, but if you must choose a Pathfinder, consider saving money with a used model.

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The 2019 Kia Sorento is a highly ranked midsize SUV with a starting price of $25,990. The comparably priced Pathfinder Platinum has more standard features than the Sorento, but the Kia is still well-equipped in its own right. Additionally, the Sorento has a history of above-average predicted reliability and comes with a 10-year powertrain warranty. It is a better choice than the 2015 Pathfinder.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Pathfinder Is Best?

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is part of a generation that debuted for 2013 and includes the 2019 model year. For 2019, rear parking sensors become standard, and Nissan adds automatic emergency braking and a rear-seat alert to the 2018 Pathfinder.

Nissan made significant upgrades to the 2017 model, which make it the best Pathfinder model for its combination of features and value. These improvements include an updated exterior design and a standard 8-inch touch screen. Additionally, the 2017 received a boost of 24 horsepower to the V6 engine, increased towing capacity, and an improved suspension.

The 2015 Pathfinder gained available blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, but the SUV was otherwise unchanged from its 2013 redesign. If a 2017 Pathfinder isn’t in your budget, consider saving money with the similarly equipped 2013 and 2014 models. Though, it’s important to note that no Pathfinder model ranks well.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has the lowest reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2015 Pathfinder. Two involve the passenger air bag failing to deploy, and another addresses the front hub assembly bolts that may fall off and undermine braking performance. Make sure these recalls are addressed by a dealer before you purchase a 2015 Pathfinder.

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Which Used Nissan Pathfinder Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base S trim is light on features, but it includes keyless entry and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Pathfinder SV adds a 7-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a rearview camera, and parking sensors.

However, you’ll want to stick with the top two trims if you want a good number of features. The Pathfinder SL builds on the SV with leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a power liftgate, remote start, and blind spot monitoring. The Pathfinder Platinum adds an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, ventilated front seats, a 360-degree parking camera, and a moonroof.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Pathfinder?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Nissan Pathfinder a 2015 Top Safety Pick, which is the institute’s second-highest honor. The Pathfinder received the highest score of Good in all five areas tested.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Nissan an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the side crash tests and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

Aside from the base S model, the 2015 Pathfinder comes with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Nissan’s 360-degree parking camera are limited to the SL and Platinum trims.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

With seating for up to eight, the 2015 Toyota Highlander has a more luxurious interior, a heartier V6 powertrain, and a higher reliability rating than the Pathfinder. The Toyota is also available with many safety features that the Nissan doesn’t offer, such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. We named the Highlander our 2015 Best 3-Row SUV for Families. Though the Pathfinder has a much lower average price than the Highlander, we still suggest buying the Toyota instead of the Nissan.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder or 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder both rank near the bottom of the midsize SUV class. Both suffer from below-average reliability ratings. Compared to the Explorer, the Pathfinder provides better V6 fuel economy and a higher-quality interior with a comfier seating arrangement and a much easier-to-use infotainment system. On the other hand, the Explorer has a quieter cabin, a smoother ride, and more available safety features, like lane keep assist and parallel park assist. Choosing between the two will come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder or 2015 Infiniti QX60?

The 2015 Pathfinder and 2015 Infiniti QX60 share the same vehicle platform, as well as many other attributes. Both three-row SUVs have the same V6 engine, a similar infotainment system, and comparable interior styling. However, each SUV also has a below-average reliability ratings. The core difference is that the Infiniti is available with more advanced safety features than the Nissan. The QX60 is a luxury midsize SUV, and it’s a marginally better vehicle than the Pathfinder, but used models are typically far more expensive.

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2015 Pathfinder Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Drive?

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 260-horsepower V6 engine. The standard continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has preprogrammed "shift points" that help it feel more like a conventional automatic transmission.

This Nissan rides comfortably over broken pavement, and its suspension does a fine job of keeping the SUV stable through tight corners. The steering feels light and accurate. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the available all-wheel-drive setup allows the Pathfinder to handle muddy and snowy roads with ease. However, this Nissan isn’t as capable off-road as models from prior generations.

Does the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Pathfinder gets great fuel economy for the class, with 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway for FWD models and 19/26 mpg city/highway for the AWD models.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2015 Pathfinder can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

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2015 Pathfinder Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Pathfinder Seat?

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder seats seven and has a clean interior design and quality cabin materials. The Pathfinder’s first- and second-row seats are plush, supportive, and roomy. The 60/40 split-folding second-row seats recline and slide to accommodate passengers better and provide easier access to the third row. The 50/50 split-folding third row provides decent headroom for two adults, but slim legroom makes these seats more suitable for kids. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, heated seats, and ventilated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2015 Pathfinder has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. It also has a middle-seat tether anchor for the second row and a tether anchor on the third-row passenger-side seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Features

The 2015 Pathfinder comes with keyless entry and push-button start. Available features include remote start, a choice of 7- or 8-inch infotainment displays, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and navigation.

The infotainment system isn’t the sleekest or fastest in the class, but its menus are simple, and the controls underneath the screen are user-friendly. The 8-inch display also adds touch-screen functions and voice recognition.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Dimensions

Nissan Pathfinder Cargo Space

The 2015 Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.8 with the third row folded, and 79.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The Pathfinder has a lower maximum cargo capacity than many three-row midsize SUVs.

2015 Pathfinder Length and Weight

The Pathfinder is 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,260 to 4,642 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is 5,986 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Built?

Nissan manufactured the 2015 Pathfinder in Tennessee.

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