The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder may own one of the oldest SUV nameplates, but the actual vehicle itself has changed a lot over the years. It fluctuated between body-on-frame and unibody (intersection) architecture, and has grown in size and number of seats. It is indeed a vehicle with pathfinding capabilities and a vehicle more suited to the use of well-paved roads has been found. Now, Pathfinder has been redesigned again and for the first time in 37 years of the nameplate’s existence it maintains its architecture and number of seats from generation to generation.
The Pathfinder 2022 is still a seven-passenger crossover, and while it continues to fall into “found roads,” its bolder, more chiseled look is at least in keeping with the old Pathfinder. . Its interior is more modern in terms of looks, material quality and technological content – it’s even one of the best in its class in that respect. Interior space is clearly roomy considering this is a three-row SUV, but it’s also just average in terms of third-row seats and cargo space. The driving experience is also significantly improved compared to its rather unfortunate predecessor, with the highlight being a new nine-speed automatic transmission replacing the old CVT. It’s still not our top pick in the segment, but we’re no longer holding back either.
In a nutshell, the new Pathfinder is more in line with the first three generations of nameplates in vibe, if still completely different in concept and technique. That makes it a more appealing and slightly better home product. We will still choose one Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander Hybrid or Jeep Grand Cherokee first, but among second-level alternatives, Pathfinder should definitely be considered.
What’s new for 2022?
Pathfinder is not “entirely new.” Although the previous generation lasted much longer than usual, its basic foundation and 3.5-liter V6 continued. Think of it like the same skeletons, but it has completely new skin and clothing. You can read more about the new features in 2022 Nissan Pathfinder driving for the first time.
This is arguably the best attribute of the Pathfinder. Although the highest grade Platinum trim you see there is its best leg forward, complete with nice two-tone leather/folding everywhere, even the trim levels Lower levels also benefit from the same sleek design, thoughtful maintenance and user-friendly technology. Material quality is generally average for the segment, which speaks volumes for how good the segment is.
The center console has a large pad to charge your smartphone, be it wired or wireless in the devices above, plus a smaller compartment to prop your phone up if you want. Large and flexible cup holders, large armrests and door bins, and extra storage under the dashboard. You can also have a fixed center console in between the captain’s seats in the available second row, but it’s wide open, which isn’t great for security or Cheerios accumulation.
The 9-inch touchscreen you see here comes standard on SL and Platinum trim levels, and features a user interface that really puts a great emphasis on aesthetics and functionality. Having hard buttons and knobs, plus rows of fixed-screen menu icons, is always appreciated. The screen itself has a high resolution and vivid features color with attractive, easy-to-read graphics. It may not be extremely wide (as in Palisade and Telluride) or high (Explorer), but it’s big enough, easy on the eyes, and works well. We haven’t sampled the 8-inch screens found in the S and SV trim levels, but we’ll make assumptions based on such screens in future models. Nissans that its user-friendly functionality should be roughly the same despite the smaller size.
Pathfinder 2022 is essentially the same external dimensions as Palisade, Telluride, Pilot, Subaru AscentHowever, the differences inside are more noticeable, especially in the third row, where the seats are a bit closer to the floor than what you mentioned above and are therefore less spacious. and more comfortable. However, Nissan’s vehicle of return is better than most, as the second row of seats not only slides forward at the touch of a button (that’s pretty common), but also does so in a way that offers plenty of space. more space to back into the third row. – expands and allows you to install a forward-facing child seat. That can easily become a sealing tool for some, and can be absolutely necessary if you opt for the Platinum and its fixed center console.
Goods space behind the third row is raised measuring at 16.6 cubic feet, essentially the same as Honda Pilot, but like that competitor, the Pathfinder’s boxy shape and useful underfloor storage really help it carry more than its specs. We could fit four medium-sized suitcases in there plus a duffel bag on the floor. It measures 45 cubic feet with the third row lowered and 80.5 with both rows of rear seats lowered, large enough that differentiation from the competition isn’t much of a problem.
Like the competition, only one engine is offered: a good 3.5-liter V6 that puts out a competitive 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Fuel economy is 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined with FWD. Surprisingly, AWD energy saving actually better on the highway, but the effect is the same: 21/27/23. Platinum AWD version reduced to 20/25/22. All of these numbers are typical for the segment.
With what is available drag hitchhiking, the Pathfinder can tow 6,000 pounds, well above the segment’s 5,000-pound rating.
Thankfully, we no longer have to understand about a CVT whine as the Pathfinder rattles down the highway on the ramp – the new nine-speed automatic does its job commendably enough that we didn’t really notice it. The same can be said for much of the 284hp V6, powerful enough for the segment but with almost nothing outstanding or worse.
The new Pathfinder is noticeably more innovative than its predecessor, it’s a bit squishy and prone to bobbing on larger impacts. Its steering also has better weight. However, steering effort and response never felt quite right – perhaps a bit slow for the amount of effort – and the suspension with available 20-inch wheels produces a conventional ride that combines responsiveness. withstand stronger impacts with a comfortable response to larger bumps and undulations. You get the impression that Nissan has absolutely no idea which lane to choose, so to speak, while navigating the Pathfinder. Its competitors are more coherent.
What other Nissan Pathfinder reviews can I read?
Read this for more info on all that’s changed for 2022, and dig deeper into what driving is like.
Pricing for the 2022 Pathfinder starts at $36,330 for the base S trim level, including a $1,225 destination fee. All-wheel drive is a $1,900 option on all trim levels.
You can find Intro for each Pathfinder cutting level here on Autoblog.
All Pathfinders in 2022 include forward collision warning with automatic emergency brake pedestrian and cyclist detection; automatic rear brake (a rare feature); blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert (usually optional); and lane departure warning. Blind-spot and lane-departure steering assistance systems are added on all base trims except the S. The top three also get Nissan ProPilot Assist, the adaptive cruise control system. advanced additional effective steering assist system. You have to keep a hand on the wheel, but the car does most of the work.
NHTSA did not crash test Pathfinder 2022 at the time of this writing. The Highway Safety Insurance Institute gave it the best possible score of “Good” in all crash tests, but oddly enough, it scored the second-best “Acceptable” for its headrests and seats. Honestly, we don’t remember ever seeing a car receive something other than “Good” in that category. The Pathfinder also scored “Acceptable” for its headlights, which is actually pretty good for the industry, and top score for its forward collision prevention system.