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2022 Nissan Pathfinder

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2022 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $34,640
2022 S 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $36,540
2022 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,460
2022 SV 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $39,360
2022 SL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,540
2022 SL 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $42,440
2022 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,140
2022 Platinum 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $49,040
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What's New

After nine long years without any major changes, Nissan has finally given the Pathfinder a complete redesign. The big SUV takes this opportunity to return to its roots, with more emphasis on ruggedness and adventure than any model of recent memory. Other than a carryover V-6 engine, almost everything else is new.

Choosing Your Nissan Pathfinder

As it was with the outgoing generation, the 2022 Pathfinder comes either with a front- or four-wheel drive and is offered now with four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Prices begin at about $33,000 for a base S and run past $50,000 for a Platinum fully loaded with all the goodies.

Engine Choices

Anyone familiar with the previous Pathfinder will quickly recognize the 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood, something that Nissan deemed good enough to carry into this new generation. It makes an unchanged 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to compete with the Honda Pilots and Kia Tellurides of the world.

More notable is the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Previously, the Pathfinder had used a CVT, a design that remains widespread across the Nissan lineup. This all-new transmission returns to a traditional gearbox, which we imagine will lead to more predictable performance. We'll certainly feel better exploiting the Pathfinder's 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity.

The new Pathfinder returns 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined in front-wheel-drive form. Those figures are largely the same for four-wheel-drive models.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Pathfinder will seat up to eight passengers thanks to a standard two-person third row. The middle row comes standard with a bench seat but the two middle trims offer captain's chairs as an option. The Platinum comes standard with this setup.

Behind the third row, buyers will find 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Stash that row into the floor and 45 cubic feet of space opens up. With both of the rear rows folded, buyers will enjoy a tad over 80 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Safety Features

Nissan made its Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assists standard fare for every Pathfinder. That means forward and reverse automatic braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitors, and rear cross-traffic alert all come standard.

Step into any trim beyond the base S and you'll additionally get blind-spot intervention, lane intervention, and adaptive cruise control.

Crash-test results aren't out yet for the Pathfinder.


Depending on trim, two infotainment systems are available. The standard setup incorporates an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; the larger, optional 9.0-inch unit is found on the top two trims and boasts wireless smartphone compatibility as well as navigation and a wifi hotspot.

If you opt for the bigger screen, the navigation will tie in with the adaptive control to preemptively slow for on-ramps, intersections, and the like.

Nissan Pathfinder

Pathfinder S - From $34,650

The base Pathfinder isn't much of a base model considering the abundance of standard equipment. Aside from cloth upholstery and manually adjusting seats, the Pathfinder is decked out with touches like tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, and a 7.0-inch driver assist monitor. 18-inch wheels and body-color trim decorate the exterior.

There are no options available.

Pathfinder SV - From $37,350

Upgrading to the SV means getting a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, Nissan cloud services, and a power-adjusted driver's seat. The outside mirrors and the front seats are now heated as well.

For a bit more in luxury, the SV Premium Package brings a panoramic moonroof, a power tailgate, and second-row captain's chairs. It also includes the towing package that features a heavy-duty transmission cooler to deliver the full 6,000-pound towing capacity.

Pathfinder SL - From $40,740

The SL moves more definitively towards luxury thanks to leather upholstery, a power liftgate, the upgraded infotainment system with navigation, a surround-view camera, and an additional USB port for the third row. LED fog lights and grayed-out 18-inch wheels help differentiate the SL.

An SL Premium Package helps bridge the gap between SL and Platinum with 20-inch wheels, a moonroof, 13-speaker Bose audio, second-row captain's chairs, heated rear seats, and wireless device charging.

Pathfinder Platinum - From $47,340

All the Pathfinder's bells and whistles are found on the Platinum, including all the contents of the SL Premium Package. Other features include semi-aniline leather, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, a memory driver's seat, and a motion-activated power liftgate.

The Platinum is as loaded as a Pathfinder can get - there are no further goodies available.

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The SV with the Premium Package would be our recommendation. The bottom line wouldn't crest $40,000, yet you'd still get a well-equipped SUV that can tow 6,000 pounds while keeping the brood comfortable and connected.

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Expert Review

  • Stylish new looks
  • Comfortable, roomy interior
  • Crisp new 9-speed gearbox
  • Carryover V-6
  • Just-okay fuel economy
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Return to form. The new Pathfinder suggests change is afoot for Nissan. The old model typified the brand's 2010-era strategy: jellybean styling, CVT transmission, and a focus on pricing rather than quality. They were good SUVs, but they didn't have the same level of thoughtfulness baked into them like, say, a Toyota Highlander. To add insult to injury, the prior generation also saw this SUV lose its once-formidable off-road chops.

The new model rectifies many of these shortcomings. Nissan has squared up the styling, ditched the oft-maligned CVT for a nine-speed automatic, and added an element of adventure to the whole package. The SUV as a whole takes a much-needed step forward, and the result is far more competitive among three-row midsize SUVs than the old one ever was.

Familiar motor, new gearbox. The Pathfinder's V-6 engine is about the only thing that hasn't been updated for 2022. Like last year's model, it makes 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. It's not that Nissan needed to eke more power for their V-6, as its output is right in line with the best of the segment. But we're honestly a bit surprised the brand didn't take this opportunity to introduce something more modern and environmentally friendly. Hybridized Pathfinder, anyone?

No matter - the bigger deal is the new gearbox, a nine-speed unit that usurps the old CVT. For anyone who keeps up with these matters, Nissan CVTs have had a tough go of it. Reliability issues have plagued them, especially the earlier units built in the first half of the last decade. With the new nine-speed, we wonder: is Nissan moving back to traditional transmissions?

Regardless of their long-term strategy, we found the new gearbox is a real peach. Under normal driving the shifts are nearly imperceptible; put your foot in it and a lower gear is quickly called up. The transmission was tuned with efficiency, and so - provided you're not hauling up an on-ramp - ninth gear arrives before the speedometer touches 50 mph.

The nine-speed's most significant contribution to the Pathfinder experience? Ease of towing. This big Nissan has always been known to tow more than its fellow front-drive, unibody competition, but the CVT didn't exactly instill the confidence required to pull 6,000 pounds. With this new gearbox, however, you won't be afraid to haul three tons of trailer. A towing mode, trailer brake control, and trailer sway mitigation all help to make for a more predictable experience.

Comfortable and nicely decorated. Inside, the Pathfinder has doubled down and comfort and quality. Gone are the old, cheap-feeling materials; in their place are higher-grade plastics and fabrics, wrapped around an airy, modern design. Compared to the competition, this much-improved interior is no longer clearly second-rate.

Like before, the Pathfinder will haul up to eight passengers thanks to a standard three-seat third row. Would we want to squeeze three adults back there? Decidedly not. But three kids will fit just fine, and typically the youngest riders are the ones shoehorned into the wayback, anyhow.

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For those who do stuff their friends into the third row, two adults will fit without much issue. Much thanks for this goes to the cabin's ample width, enabling the third row to boast 57 inches of shoulder room and 42 inches of hip room.

The second-row bench seat can now be upgraded to a pair of captain's chairs, and this would be our preference for their individualized comfort. With either the bench or the captain's chairs, the seat effortlessly flips forward at the push of a button to enable easy access of the third row.

Recall what we just said about the Pathfinder's ample width? Nissan considers that a high point of the design, as owners can now drop all the seats and slide in a 4x8 sheet of plywood. In terms of dimensions, There's 16 cubic feet behind the third row, 45 behind the second row, and 80 cubic feet in total.

Base models retain cloth seats, manual seat adjustments, and a plastic steering wheel, but higher trim models quickly pile on the features. At the top of the lineup, there are novelties like heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, semi-aniline leather, and a power moonroof. Comfort is decidedly not in short supply in any grade of Pathfinder.

Technology and Safety. The calling card of the Pathinder's suite of technology features is the touchscreen infotainment. On base models, expect an 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top two trims swap that system for a 9.0-inch unit featuring wireless smartphone connectivity and navigation. Both screens get Bluetooth and SiriusXM.

The navigation system is notable for pairing up with the adaptive cruise control, which comes standard on three of the four trims. If the GPS determines there's an intersection, on-ramp, or tight curve coming up, it relays that information to the adaptive cruise, which then preemptively begins slowing the car when it is appropriate to do so. This isn't autonomous driving - you'll still want to get on the brakes if you don't want to end up in a ditch - but it does assist with making long stints behind the wheel that much easier.

Speaking of assists, there's plenty of them included as standard fare on the Pathfinder, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Higher trims unlock a surround-view camera, blind-spot intervention, and traffic sign recognition.

Crash tests haven't happened yet, but we expect the Pathfinder will do well. It has to, in this especially family-friendly segment.

Final word. The new Pathfinder is more competitive than it's been in years. A modern, butch-looking design neatly complements the newly refined interior, while the carryover engine plays well with the new, nearly invisible transmission. While the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Honda Pilot remain favorites in this segment, we're eager to see how customers respond to the new, improved Pathfinder.

We're hoping the promise of the Pathfinder isn't just confined to this one model. This new, competent SUV has us eager to see what else Nissan might deliver in the next few years - and if it can just maybe shake up the pecking order of segment favorites.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 284 HP / 259 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 284 HP / 259 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
80.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
149 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
197.7 "
Exterior Width
77.9 "
Exterior Height
70.9 "
Front Headroom
42.3 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
44.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,317 Lbs.
Wheel Base
114 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Passenger
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Vehicle Security System (vss)
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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