What's New in the Pathfinder

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is a solid choice among seven-passenger crossover SUVs. It offers three rows, plenty of intriguing options, (1) an upscale cabin and superb fuel economy for its class. (2) In addition, four-wheel drive availability and a 5,000-pound towing capacity should help seal the deal. (3)

Overview

The Japanese automaker’s mid-size SUV is available at your Ferman Nissan of Tampa dealership in Florida from $29,510. (4) Automotive journalists have praised the vehicle for its handsome, high-end cabin that features premium materials (2) such as wood-tone trim, leather-appointed seats and door trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. (3)
In terms of interior space, U.S. News & World Report describes the front and middle-row seats as roomy. And for your cargo needs, the model comes standard with Nissan’s EZ Flex seating system — which means you can benefit from a second-row 60/40 split flat-folding bench featuring the brand’s useful Latch and Glide, and a third-row 50/50 split fold-flat reclining bench. (3)

What’s New?

For 2015, the Nissan Pathfinder SUV gains a few new elements — the most notable of all being newly offered blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert systems (2) (on SL and Platinum trims), and an updated continuously variable (automatic) transmission that now includes D-Step Shift Logic — a feature that allows the CVT to feel more like a conventional gearbox. Last but not least, all-wheel drive Pathfinder models are now outfitted with hill-descent control. (5)

Under the Hood

The upgraded transmission is paired to a 3.5-liter V-6 engine capable of generating a total 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. (3) Although it is not a new feature, Cars.com counts the V-6 as one of the SUV’s more notable elements, along with front- and all-wheel drive availability, and a 5,000-pound towing capacity when the vehicle is properly equipped. (6)

More Elements

Other goodies to appreciate include standard tri-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system, and available elements such an 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera or Nissan's (360-degree) Around View Monitor and a rear-seat entertainment system, among a host of other options. (2)

Conclusion

With its upscale interior, abundance of features, spacious interior, EZ Flex seating system and updated CVT, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is definitely a mid-size SUV worth considering. (3) If you're interested, a fuel-saving hybrid variant is also available. It's fitted with a supercharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine teamed to a 15-kilowatt electric motor. (1)
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(1) “Introducing the all-new Nissan Pathfinder” Richmond Drives. http://www.richmond.com/richmond-drives/vehicle-features/article_10267706-2bfd-11e5-883e-9ffac81a2f7d.html
(2) “2015 Nissan Pathfinder Review” U.S. News & World Report. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Nissan_Pathfinder/
(3) “2015 Nissan Pathfinder” Nissan USA. http://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/pathfinder?next=header.vehicles.postcard.vlp.image
(4) “2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV” Ferman Nissan of Tampa. https://www.fermannissan.com/showroom/2015/Nissan/Pathfinder/SUV/overview.htm
(5) “2015 Nissan Pathfinder Expert Review” Kelley Blue Book. http://www.kbb.com/nissan/pathfinder/2015-nissan-pathfinder/
(6) “2015 Nissan Pathfinder” Cars.com. http://www.cars.com/nissan/pathfinder/2015/snapshot

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