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MSRP: $29,510 - $43,100
Invoice: $27,218 - $39,730
MPG: 20 City / 27 Hwy
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Nissan Pathfinder Interior

According to auto journalists, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder's cabin is built with first-rate materials and has a luxurious look and feel. The seven-seat Pathfinder earns praise for its roomy front and middle rows of seats, though some say the third row is cramped. The Pathfinder offers less overall cargo space than a number of rivals.

  • "In terms of design and materials, there's a definite upscale feel to the cabin, from the quality of the materials to the tasteful layout of the dashboard." -- Left Lane News
  • "Up against such heavyweights as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Toyota Highlander, the Pathfinder holds its own, offering a full complement of technology and creature comforts." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A big part of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder's appeal is its attractive cabin. High-quality materials give it a decidedly premium look, especially in the top Platinum trim level." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The 2015 Pathfinder has seating for seven and comes with second-row seats that slide back and forth. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated second-row seats are optional. Reviewers agree that the front- and middle-row seats offer ample space, and that it is very easy to get to the third row. Some reviewers say the third row is spacious, while others report that it is cramped for taller adults.

  • "Legroom is generous in the first two rows, but the last row is tight for adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Roominess and versatility are defining characteristics of the interior, which boasts 2nd-row seats with 5.5-inches of forwards and backwards travel so that 2nd- or 3rd-row legroom can be prioritized. A Latch and Glide system means the 2nd row can be folded forward for easy access to the rearmost seats, which offer adequate space for children or short adults." -- Left Lane News
  • "Three rows of seats are standard on this crossover SUV, and though headroom is generous for all rows, there's only enough legroom for occupants to sit comfortably in either the second or third row (the second row can slide fore-aft 5.5 inches)." -- Cars.com
  • "The second-row seats are mounted uncommonly high, but still offer vast headroom -- and they slide well out of the way for easy ingress to the rear. And the third-row is surprisingly roomy and comfortable." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Pathfinder include tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include a 13-speaker Bose audio system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a rear-seat entertainment system, proximity key, rear parking sensors, navigation with an 8-inch touch screen, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera and Nissan's Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle.

Test drivers like that the Pathfinder's audio system is operated with straightforward knobs, and they note that the navigation's touch screen is user-friendly. Reviewers also find the Around View Monitor's bird’s-eye view helpful when parking.

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  • "Thankfully, Nissan passed on the finicky, all-touch infotainment systems used by others. Here, you can easily tune the radio or adjust the volume by twisting a dial. The same goes for setting the temperature and fan speed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The gauges and controls are easy to find and operate. We're especially fond of the touchscreen electronics interface -- there's nothing particularly flashy about it, but it's very user-friendly and offers helpful redundant controls adjacent to the screen." -- Edmunds
  • "Fortunately my $39,995 tester also came standard with a feature borrowed from several Infiniti vehicles called Around View. While you park, the view from a camera on each side of the Pathfinder is stitched together on the navigation screen to form a bird's-eye view of the entire vehicle. It's awesome; expect plenty of Nissan dealers to earn their holiday bonus selling customers on this feature." -- The Los Angeles Times (2013)

Cargo

The 2015 Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 47.8 cubic feet with the third row folded and 79.8 cubic feet with the rear and middle rows folded. The Pathfinder has less overall cargo space than many three-row SUVs. Critics point out that there are sizeable gaps between the rear seats when folded, which cargo can fall through. However, others are pleased with the amount of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "Cargo space is another shortcoming, as the Pathfinder is among the least capacious crossovers in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Fold the seats down and numerous gaps in the floor threaten to catch your cargo." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Surprise-and-delight features include an ample hidden storage bin aft of the third row, double map pockets behind each front seat, built-in tie-downs, and flip-out coat hooks." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
Review Last Updated: 11/19/14

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