With this iteration, the long-running Pathfinder was transformed from a truck-based workhorse into a softer, gentler, car-based SUV with three rows and seven seats. The enlarged interior and easier access moved it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute. But we found the Pathfinder to be a little too much like a minivan.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Bad -rough ride -Poor turning radius -touchy brakes"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Acceleration is sluggish, handling is lumbering and slow to respond. Drives like a larger truck than an SUV."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The suspension is very soft and is not responsive to avoidance situations. It's better to hit a pot hole that avoid it. The Pathfinder has a mind of its own on a quick turn. It is a pure piece of shit."

MICHAEL C., PA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Very quiet smooth CVT and powerfull"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The often maligned CVT is actually very good in this application. Extremely smooth and is one of the best features of the vehicle. Ride is on the soft side which is actually pretty nice for long trips."

WILLIAM L., BC (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"I am not satisfied with the steering at high speeds. I also have had some unexplained shaking at high speed. Dealer unable to replicate problem and therefore unable to deal with it."

CHARLES A., NJ (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The ability to adjust to road conditions, be it snow, rain or dry is great, it is what sold us on this vehicle."

NANCY H., MN (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Good acceleration, good response to steering, good tight turn radius, very nice ride, comfortable seats, even on longer drives (4 to 6 hours between stops)."

ROBERT C., AZ (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Smooth transmission shift,and ride"

Larry R., NC (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Pathfinder has great power, acceleration, however, if you accelerate slowly the transmission begin to jerk and falter."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"It has great acceleration. I live in a mountainous area and my car takes the curves great! I have complete confidence in this car. The road noise is a little bothersome at time but I believe with new tires this will probably no longer be a factor."

Bob M., MO (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"This SUV has amazing acceleration. You'll pay for it in gas mileage, but when you need to go, it GOES! Handling is also very easy. No surprises (under or over steer)."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Just like my tundra"

Stanley S., MO (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The CVT takes some getting used to, but they program fake gears when accelerating. Overall it accelerates very well and gets great mileage."

Jared P., FL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Strong engine with very good acceleration."

John S., NY (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The handling of the Pathfinder lacks all around. I feel like I'm driving a boat. I always wondered if they tested this vehicle on accident avoidance. It's scary if you have to make any sudden moves. I'm sure a good set of coil overs, bigger sway bars and tires would greatly increase it's handling."

Michael C., PA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Big vehicle a bit sluggish"

Doug B., NC (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Smooth quiet, good acceleration"

Anonymous, AK (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Cabin is not quiet, a lot of road noise, engine is loud. Seats are great, though, love the flexibility of the rear seats which slide forward and back, and recline. Seats overall are comfortable. Ride is somewhat 'lumbering' akin to a truck than an SUV."

Anonymous, CT (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Seats are comfortable. Ride could be a little better. Rattle on passenger side in 2nd row of seats."

David K., FL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The rear alignment has been an issue from day one. Had 1 set if tires replaced because they wore due to bad alignment and within 2 yrars we have had the wheels aligned twice. Unacceptable for a car that is never off road. Also the interior build quality is extremely poor for a 46K vehicle."

Sharontha F., NJ (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"-keeps you in good -firm seats -cools/heats quicklu -Smooth ride"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"very comfortable and quite and drives very good on long trips"

Stanley S., MO (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Ride quality, quietness, seat comfort. Remote start feature is great"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The front seats are very comfortable and the cooled feature to the leather has been fantastic. The heat works as expected, however the AC/cooling seems to work slowly and even at the highest wind speed and coolest setting. Interior can be tight with baby/kid seats."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Same as my tundra"

Stanley S., MO (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The heat and cool seats"

Larry R., NC (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Very good and versatile people mover. Seats have great support for long rides and overall the ride is very controlled and the seating position ideal for seeing what's in front."

Jared P., FL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The Pathfinder is an excellent road vehicle. Irregular road conditions are (like expansion strips) are handled with ease. The turning circle allows for easy parking and tight turns. The seating position provides excellent support and is very adjustable. Road noise is at a minimum and the storage capacity is huge."

Michael S., IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Seats, both front and middle are very comfortable and middle row seats have more legroom than other vehicles in this class"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Very comfortable seats, pleasant rider."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Everyone loves to ride in this car. We take long trips in it and everyone has commented about how comfortable the seats are."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Seats need more padding. It's just not comfortable for either short of long rides."

Michael C., PA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I got a deal on this car and I like it"

Anonymous, AK (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"I bought the '15 Pathfinder in the Platinum Model mainly for the cooled front seats, blind spot features and the panoramic moonroof. I paid 3k under MSRP, but still feel in hindsight that what I ended up paying at 42k was a bit much."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"We didn't get the loaded version because we have not been satisfied with any makers OE Navigation equipment. We did get Sat Radio, etc., and the price was thousands less. that the loaded version. Consequently we feel it was a great value."

ROBERT C., AZ (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Great initial price, but repairs are ridiculously expensive.\ We end up paying for very large subsystem when a component fails. Examples: Radiator fan bearing failing - replace 2 fan motors and housing ~$1300 (I later found the motor on line for $100) CD player fails(cannot load new maps) - $2300 for center dash console. (We found a shop who fixed CD for $50.)"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"It would have been a good value for the money however, the transmission had to be completely replaced. I bought the car brand new and it started jerking and acting weird. I took it into the dealer on several occasions and was told they couldn’t find the problem. Finally on the fifth time, it coded for transmission problems. Not only could I not understand how this could happen to a brand new car but I also couldn’t understand how they were going to try and charge me for that even though it was under warranty. Obviously, that would be unacceptable which Nissan finally agreed . Peace of mind is worth paying more for a more reliable vehicle."

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"I use the second seat row and cargo area a lot; the seats are easy to collapse; and the area has tons of storage without blocking vision"

Janet H., TX (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Compared to other large SUV's the Pathfinder is a relative bargain. The size and comfort of the vehicle really impresses us. Trips with the grandkids are a snap with the third row seats."

Michael S., IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Wish it did not look like a mini van"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Nissan Pathfinder)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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