After taking a brief hiatus for the 2021 model year, Nissan’s popular three-row midsize SUV is back and better than ever before. Fully redesigned, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder brings a new level of comfort, performance, and technology to this rugged and capable vehicle. If you are looking for an SUV that can fit the whole family and conquer back roads in style without sacrificing efficiency or comfort, then this new model is the vehicle for you. Nissan took everything you liked about the 2020 Pathfinder and added new features that elevate the 2022 Pathfinder to a new level.
Perhaps the most obvious and exciting upgrade to the 2022 Pathfinder is its increased passenger space and comfort. While the 2020 model was limited to seating seven, the redesigned model now comfortably fits eight and has the new option for second-row captain's chairs. Another excellent upgrade is the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Although the previous XTRONIC continuously variable transmission was certainly fuel-efficient, the new 9-speed unit puts more power on the wheels. A side effect of this mechanical improvement is a best-in-class towing capacity to accommodate your adventures. But these features are just the beginning of everything the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder offers.
When you are shopping for a midsize SUV, then you are looking for a vehicle with plenty of interior space to fit passengers, pets, luggage, cargo, and more. The redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder meets those high expectations by delivering a new level of comfort and spaciousness. With three full rows of seats, different seating configurations, and plenty of cargo space, the new Pathfinder demonstrates exactly what a midsize SUV can be capable of. With this enlarged design, you will no longer be forced to upgrade to a larger and less-efficient vehicle in order to find something that can keep up with your lifestyle.
Like most midsize SUVs, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder offered seating for up to seven passengers. However, the 2022 Pathfinder is entering the territory of full-size SUVs with its new eight-passenger seating. The old two-seat third row has been replaced with a more comfortable three-seat third row, allowing you to fit an extra passenger––but that is not the only seating configuration change for this redesigned vehicle.
You also have the brand-new option of swapping the standard second-row bench seat with comfortable captain's chairs. This drops the total seating capacity back down to seven but provides a much higher level of luxury if you are planning to regularly transport adults or older children in your Pathfinder. Virtually no other midsize SUVs offer these options, making the 2022 Pathfinder a great choice for drivers who would otherwise have needed to purchase a larger full-size SUV.
In addition to its roominess, the interior of the 2022 Pathfinder also boasts a high level of luxury. With the available Panoramic Moonroof and a Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control System, this midsize SUV gives all of its passengers the ability to ride in comfort, enjoying sunlight, fresh air, and their own climate settings. If you opt for the captain's chairs, the second-row passengers will even get their own center console with storage pockets for anything they want to keep at hand. These comfort features are complemented by the high-quality interior materials, making the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder an incredibly luxurious ride for passengers of all ages.
Nissan is well-known for including advanced safety features in its vehicles, and the fully-redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is no exception. With Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite of active safety technologies standard on every trim, this midsize SUV will protect you wherever you go without requiring you to pay more. The higher trims supplement these standard features with a variety of cutting-edge technologies designed to make your driving experience more convenient than ever before, reducing the stress of long drives and unfamiliar roads.
Nissan’s standard Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features consist of six distinct technologies designed to watch out for you and prevent a variety of common accidents. Automatic Emergency Braking is perhaps the most important of these technologies, detecting and avoiding vehicles and pedestrians that block your path. Unlike many manufacturers, Nissan supplements this valuable feature with Rear Automatic Braking, which works with Rear Cross Traffic Alert to keep you from accidentally backing into hazards.
Finally, you can take advantage of standard Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and High Beam Assist. These three technologies sense your surroundings, alerting you to vehicles in your blind spots, keeping you safely in your lane, and automatically dimming your high beams for oncoming traffic. With all of these advanced features standard, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder brings an unprecedented level of safety and security without having to upgrade to higher trims or pay extra for optional packages. In a midsize family SUV, you can’t put a price on that level of peace of mind.
However, that is not to say that the 2022 Pathfinder doesn’t have some optional features for drivers willing to pay for them. While the six standard Safety Shield 360 technologies protect against the most common types of accidents, the optional driver-assist features bring a higher level of convenience on the road. For instance, Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention will not only detect vehicles that you cannot see, it will apply steering inputs if you begin to drift into them.
But the centerpiece of Nissan’s driver-assist technology is the available ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link. The standard ProPILOT Assist combines adaptive cruise control with automatic lane centering, matching your speed to the traffic ahead of you and cutting down the number of steering corrections you need to make. The addition of Nissan’s new Navi-link technology further integrates digital mapping into the ProPILOT Assist technology, allowing the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder to predict the road ahead, adjusting to changing speed limits and slowing down for junctions and tight corners.
To be a real SUV, a vehicle has to be capable of more than just comfortably and safely transporting passengers along city streets. It must also offer reliable all-weather performance, off-road capabilities, and the ability to hitch up a trailer when you need to move something that won’t fit in the back. With the 2022 Pathfinder, Nissan has gone all out in building one of the most capable midsize SUVs on the market, giving you a true Sport Utility Vehicle that can handle your adventurous lifestyle. With a powerful engine, all-terrain performance, and best-in-class towing, this redesigned SUV is ready to discover new paths.
Under the hood of the 2022 Pathfinder, you will find a rugged and reliable V6 engine standard. Nissan has been building some of the best V6 engines available for decades, and the new Pathfinder benefits from this expertise. With 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, this engine is more than enough to move the bulk of this SUV and allow it to live up to its sporty appearance. But the engine may not be the highlight of the redesigned Pathfinder’s powertrain.
While the 2020 Pathfinder delivered its power through a smooth and efficient XTRONIC continuously variable transmission, the 2022 Pathfinder comes with a modern nine-speed automatic transmission. Although the XTRONIC unit contributed to good fuel economy figures and easy driving, advances in automotive technology have now allowed Nissan to switch to a more capable transmission without losing the efficiency that the Pathfinder promises.
With its solid construction and capable powertrain, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder continues to offer best-in-class towing. Opt for the factory towing package, and this midsize SUV can haul up to 6,000 pounds without slowing down. If you have a small camper, boat, or another trailer that you want to pull, then the Pathfinder will allow you to handle it without having to upgrade to a full-size SUV or buy a pickup truck.
Like most SUVs, the Pathfinder has been available in either fuel-saving front-wheel drive or bad-weather-ready all-wheel drive. However, the 2022 redesign takes the vehicle’s off-road performance to the next level with a brand-new Terrain and Drive Mode Selector. With seven different drive modes to choose from, including modes for snow, dirt, and sand, the Pathfinder is ready to venture off the black top and explore the wild.