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If the idea of a minivan makes you shudder, Nissan’s  seven passenger Pathfinder might be just your family-hauler of choice.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $43,100
  • Tested Price: $44,100
  • 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a CVT (continuously variable transmission)
  • 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. of torque
  • 19 mpg in the city
  • 26 mpg on the highway
  • 22 mpg combined
  • Cargo Room: 16-cubic feet behind third row seats; 79.8-cubic feet with second and third row seats folded down
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.

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Being the highest trim level Nissan offers on the 2015 Pathfinder, our test vehicle came equipped with only a few extra options. The Splash guards ($160), roof rail cross bars ($355), rear bumper protector ($205), and carpeted floor mats ($210) might need to be included as standard on future model years in order to stay competitive within our mid-size utility segment.

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Hits

  • Compliant ride quality
  • Even though this is a larger vehicle than the Nissan Murano, it feels just as fast, despite utilizing the same engine
  • The Platinum trim level offers almost everything you could ever ask for, except a kitchen sink (a 120-volt power outlet is included for second row passengers, however)
  • A tilting/sliding sunroof for front passengers, and a larger two row panoramic sunroof for rear passengers makes the cabin feel airy
  • The use of contrast stitching in the leather seating surface, along with satin-trimmed interior finishes tease the senses of a near-premium offering
  • Seating for seven is functional, with the second row able to move almost completely out of the way for passengers wishing to egress/ingress the third row in an undramatic manner

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Misses

  • Steering can feel neutral-to-numb at times, depending on rate of speed
  • This vehicle was redesigned for the 2013 model year and it is already looking aged compared to the recently updated 2015 Nissan Murano
  • The infotainment touch screen works the same as in the newer Murano, however the center stack has button overload — where at least 20 buttons can be counted — just to control the navigation and system settings
  • Radar-assisted cruise control and lane departure assistance are not offered on this model
  • A large blind spot in the D-pillar makes the Around View Monitor (360-degree cameras) system almost a must on lower trim levels

Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Pathfinder sits in 17th place (out of 21) within the three-year-old mid-size utility segment by holding 50.7% of its value in 2015.  The Rogue underperforms the segment value retention average score of 55% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “2015 @NissanUSA #Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 might be the cure for minivan-itis.”