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Nissan is adding features throughout the lineup of its popular seven-seat crossover SUV, although it has suspended sales of the gas-electric hybrid version introduced last year. Pathfinder’s 2015 base-price range is $30,395-$43,985, including the $885 destination fee. Front- and all-wheel-drive models continue in four levels of trim, all with a 260-horsepower V-6. There are six new color choices and addition of a standard dual panoramic moonroof to the top-line Platinum version is among the changes.
The SL and Platinum editions offer blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, and its transmission gets an upgrade with shift logic and descent control on hills for each 4WD configuration. Compared to last year, the SV models also receive a HomeLink auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, and fog lights.
SL Premium Package contents contain an Around View Monitor and Nissan Navigation, the SL Tech Package adds a harness and tow hitch, and the Family Entertainment Package includes a dual headrest 7-inch DVD entertainment system.
All versions of the 2015 Pathfinder are available in nine exterior colors, six of which are new: Pearl White, Glacier White, Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic, Midnight Jade, and Java Metallic.
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for each version of the 2015 Pathfinder are listed here (in USD):
• S 2WD – $29,510
• SV 2WD – $32,810
• SL 2WD – $36,060
• Platinum 2WD – $41,410
• S 4WD – $31,200
• SV 4WD – $34,500
• SL 4WD – $37,750
• Platinum 4WD – $43,100
Additional options available for the 2015 Pathfinder are vast, including SiriusXM, Tri-Zone Climate Control, RearView Monitor, Remote Start, and Easy Fill Tire alert, giving buyers with the cash a host of bells and whistles.
With the new model year, Nissan’s Pathfinder offers the highest standard towing capacity in its class, the greatest passenger capacity for its class, and a best-in-class highway mileage for the 2WD models. In addition, Nissan’s ALL-MODE 4×4 allows the driver to switch easily between 2WD, Auto, or 4WD modes, and the vehicle comes with 18-inch alloy wheels (20-inch wheels available for the Platinum model).
Though the current model year doesn’t present a radical departure from last year like the 2014 Pathfinder, this year’s version continues to build on last year’s success. It might not offer enough to make current Pathfinder drivers rush in immediately to upgrade, but it’s still a great new car in its class.