In 2013, Nissan took a dramatic step with its rugged Pathfinder SUV by redesigning it into an on-road-only crossover. It didn’t win many fans with the redo, and Nissan looks to make good by bringing some ruggedness back to the 2022 Pathfinder with a dramatic redesign.
The all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will take a step back toward its rugged roots with a new, more upright design that includes a bold V-moton grille, striking LED headlights, thin LED taillights, bulging fenders and quarter panels, a more squared glasshouse, short overhangs, and larger tires.
Inside, the 2022 Pathfinder will include the brand’s obligatory flat-bottom steering wheel, a stubby gear shifter, and a monstrous center stack that houses loads of HVAC buttons and knobs, and an available 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This cabin will be available with woven cloth, leather- or premium quilted semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, optional second-row captain’s chairs, optional 10-way power driver’s seat, and more. It’ll also feature enough cargo space to haul a 120-quart cooler or four golf bags with all three rows upright. With the seats folded, Nissan claims it’ll haul a 4-by-8-foot piece of plywood.
Powering the 2022 Pathfinder will be a 3.5-liter V6 with 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. This new V6 will pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and optional Intelligent 4WD, which will include four drive modes: Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut, and Tow. All told, the 2022 Pathfinder will tow up to a class-leading 6,000 pounds.
The 2022 Pathfinder will come standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety tech. This package will include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, rear automatic braking, forward collision warning, driver alertness monitor, and rear door a. Buyers can opt for blind-spot intervention, lane-keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition.
The Pathfinder SV and SL will come standard with ProPILOT Assist, which combines steering assist and adaptive cruise control to help control acceleration, braking, and steering in heavy traffic and on the open highway. The Platinum trim will add the more robust ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link, which links ProPILOT Assist with the Pathfinder’s navigation system to reduce speed for upcoming curves or junctions proactively. It can also help the driver slow for freeway exits.