Nissan Pathfinder underwent some extensive changes since its introduction to the markets in 1985. First of all, it grew in size from compact to mid-size SUV and then it became a crossover SUV in its current, fourth generation. 2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid features a sturdy conventional lineup with V6 performance engines and more subtle, fuel-efficient hybrid with downsized 4-cylinder ones.
Styling – Changes and Options
Design-wise, new Pathfinders are much more evolved than previous generation models. Old boxy shape is a thing of the past as CUV now has smooth edges all over. Nissan’s V-motion front is present here as well as in most of Japanese makers’ lineup and angular headlights go well with it. Swept-back windshield offers good visibility up front, while thin roof pillars do the same thing out back. Tailgate is quite large and features cut trapezoid tail-lights with regular-sized window and a roofline spoiler.
Cabin can seat up to seven people and all of them have plenty of room for themselves. All hybrid models besides the entry-level SV get the leather seats and again the same models benefit from heated front seats. SL Premium model and all models onward get standard heated rear seats and wood grain accents. Flat-top dash is nicely designed and looks especially good with plenty of wood tones available in its instrument panel. 7-inch QVGA color monitor is standard throughout most of the line with only top grade benefiting from the 8-inch touch screen upgrade with navigation and voice recognition.
There’s plenty of cubicles for smaller possessions and a total of eight cup holders and six bottle holders. Bose 13-speaker sound system is also offered in most of the available grades, while rear seat entertainment system with couple of seat-mounted screens and DVD playback capability is only standard with Platinum Premium trim level. While a rearview camera and rear sonar parking sensors are standard on most versions of the Pathfinder, 360-degree camera is standard exclusively with top tiers. There’s also lane-departure warning which slightly elevates new Pathfinders’ safety ratings.
Under the Hood
2015 Nissan Pathfinder hybrid is offered in five trim levels which span from SV and SL, over SL Platinum and Premium to the top-grade Platinum Premium. They all get the same supercharged 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 230 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque, and a small 15 kW electric motor for a total of 250 horses. Sadly, small motor and corresponding lithium-ion battery pack don’t allow it to offer any all-electric drive at all. Front-wheel drive mode is standard across the board, while all models also offer optional all-wheel drive and a standard CVT transmission.
2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Price and MPG
All 2015 Nissan Pathfinder hybrids are rated at 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for 26 mpg combined. Their prices start at $35,000 and go towards a $45,000 mark. Of course, optional equipment can squeeze a few more thousands out of you, so beware.
2015 Nissan Pathfinder hybrid is a well-rounded CUV with plenty of space and some high-scale equipment which offer extreme refinement for a non-luxury badge. Lack of all-electric drive is a disappointment however, and there’s a feeling that larger electric part of the powertrain could fix that.