It’s risky to tinker with a legend, which is why, when Nissan introduced the upcoming 2022 Nissan Pathfinder redesign, automotive journalists everywhere held their collective breath. Skipping a page from the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it playbook and ignoring the concerned whispers of auto insiders everywhere, Nissan rolled the dice and dove headlong into a complete redesign anyway. The results are nothing short of spectacular.
The best redesigns maintain a thread of design continuity, so the vehicle still displays family ties to its predecessor generations. Too many times, auto manufacturers push the style envelope, and in so doing, they lose what was special about the vehicle in the first place. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder looks like a Pathfinder, but at the same time, it’s completely different. More modern, less boxy, and significantly more distinctive.
Inside, tech abounds because Nissan has embraced the latest driver assist and connectivity technology and equipped the Pathfinder with every imaginable capability. A full suite of safety systems keeps occupants safer than ever before, and an available 9-inch infotainment touchscreen puts entertainment and connectivity right at the driver’s fingertips. The updates aren’t just tech-oriented, though: a definite headline is Nissan’s decision to offer second-row captain’s chairs. Seating goes down from 8 to 7 passengers, but second-row passengers enjoy more spacious, luxurious accommodations in exchange. The seats are easy to move, making third-row access less of a hassle, too.
The 2022 Pathfinder is the ideal vehicle for adventurous families who seek the best of everything: comfort, capability, utility, and safety. The Pathfinder is the latest popular Nissan model to receive a facelift, and it joins a fleet of updated SUVs that are giving competitors a run for their money. At home at the mall or on a remote trail, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is ready to take you on your next adventure.
Rugged is the word that comes to mind when describing the all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. It’s big enough to provide seating for up to eight passengers but not so oversized that the term gas guzzler applies. From the just-right-sized proportions to a healthy - and class-leading - max towing capacity of 6,000 pounds, the Pathfinder deserves a spot at the top of adventurous families’ lists.
This newest Pathfinder is available with Intelligent 4x4 with Terrain and Drive Mode Selector. The system puts drivers in firm control of selecting specific ride characteristics with an in-vehicle drive mode selector. With a simple twist of the dial, drivers can choose from the following modes: standard, sport, eco, snow, sand, mud/rut, and tow. Each option distributes torque/power a little differently to tackle almost any road (or off-road) conditions.
We love that Nissan has added a new 9-speed automatic transmission. It allows for smoother-than-ever shifting up and down the gearbox, as well as quick access to the available 259 lb-ft of torque. It’s a transmission that supports the Pathfinder with any job, from towing a toy to climbing the side of a mountain. Even highway driving is smoother and more enjoyable. Nissan’s efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine is the Pathfinder’s power source, and it does the job exceptionally well, delivering 284 horsepower, plenty of acceleration for highway on-ramps or trailer towing, and all that power doesn’t come at the hands of fuel economy, a nice benefit for budget-minded families. The Pathfinder is available in both front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive, depending on intended use and budget.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder abounds with the latest in-vehicle technology designed with a purpose. Safety is met with 360-degree cameras, driver-assist technology, and futuristic head-up displays, all designed to provide optimal viewpoints for tight maneuvering, backing up, and parking. Technology starts and ends at the available dash-mounted 9-inch infotainment touchscreen. It’s the Pathfinder’s hub, and it’s where drivers will integrate smartphone apps, view navigation, and turn-by-turn directions, and manage cabin entertainment. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity mean your favorite podcast is one touch away, and your calls and texts are accessible right from your vehicle.
We love that the Pathfinder offers a Wi-Fi hotspot so everyone can stay connected. It’s a family-friendly option that matches well with the multiple USB ports scattered throughout the cabin. SiriusXM satellite radio is also available, and all systems run seamlessly and lightning-fast, thanks to the newest NissanConnect operating software. Other tech features, like a wireless charging pad and an upscale Bose premium audio system, round out the 2022 Pathfinder’s convenience and entertainment technology. These systems are made accessible in a way that delivers seamless integration, even for drivers that lack tech-savvy. In other words, Nissan builds extremely user-friendly tech solutions so that everyone can maximize enjoyment and connectivity.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is designed to envelop its occupants in next-level safety. Nothing short of optimal safety standards is acceptable to busy families, and Nissan delivers it so seamlessly that drivers will cease worrying and trust their Pathfinder to be there when it counts. Peace-of-mind doesn’t have a price tag, but at an expected base MSRP in the mid-$30,000 range, the Pathfinder makes it ultra-affordable.
ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link starts off Nissan’s suite of connected safety systems. It’s the newest driverless technology adapted for practical everyday use, and it works via advanced mapping and strategically located sensors around the vehicle. ProPILOT Assist also incorporates Intelligent Cruise Control, a system that senses traffic patterns and automatically adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a consistent and safe distance from the car ahead.
When activated, the ProPILOT Assist system keeps your Pathfinder centered in its intended lane of traffic. It anticipates road changes, like curves and intersections, and can automatically reduce or increase speed to match the upcoming conditions. Its smart sensor technology is capable of reading road signs and reacting to them with appropriate speed changes.
In addition to ProPILOT Assist, all 2022 Nissan Pathfinders are equipped with standard Safety Shield 360, a comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies that act as a second pair of eyes, constantly monitoring the road ahead, behind, and all-around to help prevent collisions and avoid hazards. The Safety Shield 360 suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. These six systems use sensors and cameras to constantly monitor conditions and, through audible alerts and automatic interventions (like emergency braking), keep occupants safer and help the driver stay more alert.