2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Rating6.9

Ranked #20 in Midsize Suv

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$31,830 - $49,240

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has passed its hurdle of being a boring minivan by learning from its origin. In simple terms, the new Nissan Pathfinder comes with a design, inspired by its very first vehicle introduced in the early 1980s. It is inspired by the past but acquires the modern touch to it. The previous generation lacked in looks, interior practicality, and premiums. But the new one ticks every box and has become a generous buying option in the segment. The new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to come in a price bracket of $31,980-$48,100.

The 2022 model year also sees a new transmission system in place, 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. There is also an addition of terrain mode selectors and one can choose from Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Tow. There are several cup holders and USB ports that have been installed in the latest model, it also comes along with the standard trailer sway control, and offers second-row captain chairs as optional.

 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Smooth automatic to replace the sluggish CVT

Cramped third-row spacing, meant strictly for children

Fully redesigned

Fresh design that will appear to a wider audience

2021 Pathfinder had poor fuel economy, and things don't seem to improve with 2022 MY either

The sluggish CVT is replaced by a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. 

Great interior packaging

Below-average cargo capacity, especially when compared to the rivals

Addition of Terrain Mode Selector(Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud and Tow)

New removable center console without any tools.

16 cup holders and every row have a USB C as well as USB A type charging ports.

Standard Trailer Sway Control.

Second Row Captain chair is an option for 2022 with a push-button seat folding the second row

Over All Rating

6.9

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performace9.00
Engine and Performance5.00
Fuel Economy6.00
Interior6.00
Exterior5.00
Safety7.00
Competition9.00
Notable Rankings

#20 in Midsize Suv

#21 in Suv


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Trims

Base$31,830 onwards

S$31,980 onwards

  • 9-inch touchscreen display
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Household-Style power outlet
  • Proximity keyless entry w/ push-button start

SV$36,200 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote start

SL$39,590 onwards

  • 9-inch touchscreen display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power liftgate
  • Usb ports

Platinum$46,190 onwards

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Head-Up display
  • Household-Style power outlet


Colors and Styles

2022 Nissan Pathfinder in Bright Silver Metallic color
Bright Silver Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is here with several modifications despite being a carryover from its previous model year. It comes priced between $31,980-$48,100.  The new model witnesses the departure of its CVT transmission and it now welcomes a 9-speed automatic transmission. Further witnessed several design changes, the addition of charging ports and different mode selectors. It also includes a standard trailer sway control. There is only one engine on offer, a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine. The offering is decent in terms of fuel efficiency, towing capacity, and interior space offered. It gets a little competitive with the cargo space on offer and it faces competitors such as the 2022 Toyota Highlander, the 2022 Ford Explorer, and the 2022 Mazda CX-9.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV front view
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV rear view

Buying Advice

We recommend

We recommend going for the SV trim as it offers the best value out of all the trims. The rock creek edition does offer a more off-road-like aesthetic appeal. However, for most use cases, the SV trim comes with most of the comfort and convenience features which one might need.

Features

"This latest Pathfinder offers more tech and more space than the previous generation, and new, rugged styling that's appealing." - Car and Driver

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will be offered in 4 trims, namely S, SV, SL, Platinum, and Rock Creek edition. With plentiful options for further configuring your vehicle, including AWD versions, Nissan offers a good amount of customizability at each price point.

Trim

S

SV

SL

Rock Creek Edition

Platinum

Price

$31,980

$34,770

$38,390

$35,765

$43,220

Features

Automatic Emergency Braking

In addition to features of S trim:-

In addition to features of SV trim:-

In addition to features of SV trim:-

In addition to features of SL trim:-

 

RearView Monitor

Intelligent Cruise Control

NissanConnect Services

Exterior black accents and unique interior finishes

Premium finishes

 

Bluetooth Hands-Free

Blind Spot Warning

Heated front and rear seats

Metallic interior trim

Power Panoramic Moonroof

 

Standard maximum towing up to 6,00lbs

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Intelligent Around View Monitor

Splash guards

Trailer Tow Package

The prices given in the table above are for the FWD models, however, all four trims are also available within an AWD configuration and these cost slightly more. The price range of the AWD models ranges anywhere between $35,310-$48,100. With regard to the engine specs, interior dimensions, and other features everything else remains the same for the AWD trims.

Engine and Performance
5.0/10

"While the 2022 Pathfinder retains the 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 from the previous generation model, it drops the continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) in favor of a new nine-speed automatic." - Car and Driver

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder carries the same engine option in the new generation. The 3.5L V6 gives out 284 horses and a 259 lb-ft of torque. The addition has been made in the power delivery. It removes the old CVT transmission for a new 9-speed automatic transmission paired with its Intelligent AWD which also has terrain Mode Selector as a major update. The new transmission gives a possibility of an improved and punchy ride. This MY is offered at an MSRP range of $31,980-$48.100.

 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV driving view

Also, the new double pinion steering design will allow a comfortable ride around corners and a resistance in sports mode. It can tow a hefty 6000 pounds and is now equipped with Trailer sway control, which slows down the vehicle automatically when the trailer deviates its path. Being a heavy 7 passenger vehicle, acceleration is not what it is meant for but still for the sake of comparison it reaches 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds and a quarter-mile in 16 seconds.

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Ford Explorer*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Mazda CX-9*

MSRP

$32,625

$36,675

$34,600

$33,890

Engine

3.5L V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

3.5L V6

2.5L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp@RPM)

284 hp @ 6,400 RPM

300 hp @ 5,500 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

259 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.3 sec 5.6 sec 7.2 sec 7.0 sec
Towing Capacity (lbs) 6000 lbs 5300 lbs 5000 lbs 3500 lbs

*2021 MY data used for reference

Compared to rivals, Nissan Pathfinder comes second in its 0-60 MPH but Toyota Highlander and Mazda take the game in the quarter-mile. Previously the 0-60 MPH figures were bad, due to the old sluggish CVT but with a new transmission, Nissan has opened its doors for better and refined performance.

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

"According to the EPA, the most efficient Pathfinder is actually the one with optional all-wheel drive, which earned ratings of 21 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined" - Car and Driver

Fuel economy has never made a big difference as every automaker builds a heavy, spacious, and durable vehicle in this segment irrespective of how much it consumes. Nissan will continue to give the same fuel ratings as in the present, as there are no major weight changes or new technology like hybrid coming which will change it drastically. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder boasts a gas mileage of 21 for the city and 26 for the highways.

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Ford Explorer*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Mazda CX-9*

MPG (City)

21

20

20

20

MPG (Highway)

26

27

27

26

MPG (Combined)

23

23

23

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

17.9

17.9

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

390/5267/468 

410/546/468

376/519/430

418/532/456

*2021 MY data used for reference

The combined fuel economy of all its rivals is the same as the Nissan Pathfinder which is 23 MPG. When discussed specific to situations the best city MPG is with Pathfinder and the best highway MPG with Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.

Interior
6.0/10

"Quiet cabin, impressive towing capacity, plentiful storage cubbies and bins." - Car and Driver

With a complete overhaul for the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, the interiors see a complete makeover. The interior now feels modern, sensible, and easy to use. The removable second-row center console without any tools is one of the best interior traits. The seat quality, soft-touch material everything reminds you of a luxury minivan. In the previous generation, the third-row space was not even adequate to seat 3 adults. Nissan claims to have changed some slight dimensions which may also affect the overall interior space. The second-row captain seats and their one-touch button fold really eases the way for third-row passengers. Practicality never ends inside the Pathfinder, it consists of over 16 cup holders, large door pockets, and glove boxes for carrying every useful thing one could think of.

 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV front seats

The large bin below the front center console is the largest storage space and can accommodate useful stuff inside. as we go towards the upper trims it features semi-aniline leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats with a huge panoramic sunroof symbolizing sheer luxury and comfort for the passengers inside. The cargo capacity has increased slightly in this generation, it gets a trunk of 16.6 cubic feet rather than 16.2 cubic feet.

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Ford Explorer*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Mazda CX-9*

Seating Capacity

7

6

8

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

42.2/60.9/44.3

40.7/61.5/43.0

39.6/59.0/42.2

40.1/57.9/41.0

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.4/59.6/35.5

40.5/61.9/39.0

35.9/58.4/41.0

38.5/58.1/39.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.8/57.1/30.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

35.9/55.0/27.7

35.4/53.1/29.7

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

16.6

18.2

16.0

14.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

The Ford Explorer wins in terms of standard cargo space among the rivals and also in third-row legroom which is handy when the vehicle is packed with passengers. On the other hand, Nissan Pathfinder will offer the best first-row headroom as well as shoulder room among the rivals which is a factor worth noticing.

 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV infotainment screen

Major Infotainment features of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder are:

  • Every row has a USB type C and A charging socket and the second row also offers a 12-volt socket for charging your laptop on your way home. 
  • The basic 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is responsive and visible in direct sunlight. 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, wireless smartphone charging pad, SiriusXM satellite radio 
  • A head-up display, and an in-dash navigation system come under the category of optional features for the Pathfinder.
Exterior
5.0/10

"Like many of today's three-row SUVs, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder aims to be a replacement for a minivan, but with a rugged appearance and a bit of towing and off-road capability." - Car and Driver

The exterior design of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to face a major change this year. A bold stance and a boxy structure recall its ancestors to its rescue with some modern tweaks. The big look conveys its size and strength which looks monstrous with big tires. The distinctive Nissan features incorporated in the Pathfinder include a V-motion grille with a three-slot grille reminding of its ancestors again, C-shaped headlights, and a floating roofline.

 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

Standard LED lights and the C-pillar contribute to its strength and allows the Pathfinder to offer a two-tone look which is for the first time included in it. The front grille with the headlamps gives it a commanding on-road position. The side profile is soothing and the long third-row glass gives it a projection of a Rover. 

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Ford Explorer*

2022 Toyota Highlander*

2022 Mazda CX-9*

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,317

4,345

4,370

4,409

Length (inches)

197.0

198.8

194.9

199.4

Width (inches)

77.9

78.9

76.0

77.5

Height (inches)

70.9

69.9

68.1

69.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.1

7.9

8.0

8.8

Wheelbase (inches)

114.2

119.1

112.2

115.3

*2021 MY data used for reference

The option of 20-inch wheels gives it a monstrous look. The back sees beautiful LED taillights and not a messy trunk design, it feels premium and clean. The shape of the trunk has also changed a bit; now it does not hang at the back of the car, rather looks like a vital part of it. A total of 14 color options are offered by the Pathfinder with different combinations which include 5 new two-tone color options, designed to integrate into the overall design carefully.

Some exterior eye-catching traits that are offered are as follows:

  • Nissan U shaped grille
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED headlights and Horizontal LED taillights
  • Blacked out the roof to symbolize its statement of a floating roof
  • 17-inch or 20-inch wheels
Safety
7.0/10

" A semi-autonomous driving mode that Nissan calls ProPilot Assist is standard on SV, SL, and Platinum trims. " - Car and Driver

In terms of safety the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has not been in the market yet, and as it has undergone a full redesign one cannot carry forward the previous generation ratings. IIHS and NHTSA organizations have rated Pathfinder with the best scores in the past and we hope that it will improve from here on. Safety features today have become an integral part of every vehicle, the more the features less the intensity of it.

Some of the best safety features in Nissan Pathfinder this year include:-

  • Blind-spot Monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • The surround-view camera system, 
  • Active lane control
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front and rear automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection 
  • Lane departure warnings and also offers ProPilot assist with two grades enabling limited hands-free driving
Competition
9.0/10

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2022 Ford Explorer

The 2022 Ford Explorer has the best-in-class cargo area and is trusted for its rakish looks and powerful engine. Moreover, it is lighter as compared to the Nissan Pathfinder. On the other hand, Nissan is more on the refined side in terms of performance and now gives a tough competition in design and pricing as well, the 2022 Ford Explorer is priced at $36,675.

2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2022 Toyota Highlander

Toyota has been ruling the sales in this segment, due to its brand value and a hybrid variant that can give 36 MPG combined. But Nissan is also no less, it has the best in segment interior space and can perform well in acceleration from 0-60 MPH. it is just that, a brand that has established its empire, it will take some time for people to get over it and see other options as well.

2022 Toyota Highlander

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2022 Mazda CX-9

The 2022 Mazda CX-9, priced at $33,890, is also a very strong competitor in the segment. It offers a spacious interior with a lot of comfort and convenience features. However, the Pathfinder has much better cargo space and towing capacity. The Pathfinder also trumps the 2022 CX-9 in terms of standard safety features which makes it a much more desirable proposition.

2022 Mazda CX-9

 

Final Verdict

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to completely change the game in the segment and could be a desirable option for buyers looking for a stylish, spacious, and premium-looking minivan. The performance part will improve with time, but the handling and ride have improved to great extent. The exterior will catch great attention from the buyers which is also a business strategy for Nissan. Overall, it is worth considering.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$36460

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

213 cu in

horse power

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

9-Speed Automatic W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

197 in

wheelbase

114.2 in

width

77.9 in

curb weight

4469 lbs

Height

70.9 in

Ground Clearance

7.1 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

148 cu ft

cargo volume

80.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

499.50 mi


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