2022 Nissan Pathfinder

MSRP $31,980 Est.

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer

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Sometimes to clear the hurdles of the present, one should follow the path to find its origin. 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 premiumness. 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 $30,000-$50,000, the same will be cleared on its actual launch in the coming summer. The past couple of years has been a nightmare for Nissan in terms of Pathfinder's sales. It was fully redesigned back in 2013 and got the best sales figures to date.

But after that, it continued to see a dip in their sales chart. Last year it was just half of 2013 sales (2013 sales- 88,000+ and 2020 sales – 45,000). The reason behind it was that buyers were expecting a major update which they will see in 2021 summer when the new Pathfinder launches.

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Pros

Smooth automatic to replace the sluggish CVT

Fresh design that will appear to a wider audience

Great interior packaging

Cons

Cramped third-row spacing, meant strictly for children

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

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

What's New?

Fully redesigned

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

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


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31980

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

259 lbs.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

S $31,980 Est. onwards

284 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5L | V-6 |

Colors and Styles

2022 Nissan Pathfinder in Bright Silver Metallic color 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in Glacier White color
Bright Silver Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Buyers have a picture of a truck in their mind when they recall the past of Nissan Pathfinder because back then that is what Nissan looked like with a body on frame construction. But much has changed in the new truck. It is no longer a truck that makes you feel like one with its design. It may feel huge with its wide stance and sharp curves but slides into a comfort-focused three-row SUV. In this segment, the other modern SUVs include the Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, and Mazda CX-9.

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

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Features

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

$31980

$34770

$38390

$35765

$43220

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

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.

Price:

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to be priced between the price bracket of $30,000-$50,000. But expectations would be certain when Nissan officially announces the prices.

Release Date:

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is planned to be released in the summer of 2021.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Engine and Performance

The new 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 change in the transmission will boost its sales in large numbers as the buyers were fed up with that lazy CVT and needed an upgrade. The new transmission gives a possibility of an improved and punchy ride.

 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 7.0 seconds and a quarter-mile in 16 seconds.

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder*

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 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

AWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

284 hp @ 6,400 RPM

290 hp @ 6,500 RPM

295 hp @ 6,600 RPM

227 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

259 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

310 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

*2021 MY data used for reference

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

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Fuel Economy

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.

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder*

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

MPG (City)

20

21

21

22

MPG (Highway)

27

28

29

28

MPG (Combined)

24

24

24

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.5

19.2

17.9

19.0

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 24 MPG. When discussed specific to situations the best city MPG is with Mazda and the best highway MPG with Toyota Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

With a complete overhaul for Nissan Pathfinder, it also saw many changes in its interior. 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 sit 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.

 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV infotainment screen

Models

2022 Nissan Pathfinder*

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

7

6

8

7

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

42.2/60.9/42.3

40.7/61.5/43.0

40.7/59.3/44.2

39.3/57.9/41.0

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

39.4/60.4/41.7

38.9/57.6/31.9

35.9/55.0/27.7

35.4/53.1/29.7

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

N/A

*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 second-row legroom as well as headroom among the rivals which is a factor worth noticing. Some of the major infotainment features of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder are as follows:-

  • 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.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV interior image

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior

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*

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,427*

4,345

4,145

4,225

Length (inches)

197.0

198.8

194.9

199.4

Width (inches)

77.9

78.9

75.8

77.5

Height (inches)

70.0

70.0

68.1

69.0

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.0

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 is my favorite, with 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 expected to make way 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
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image
2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV exterior image

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Safety

In terms of safety 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
  • 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

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Competition

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 Ford Explorer

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 as well.

2021 Ford Explorer

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 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.

2021 Toyota Highlander

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 Kia Telluride

The Kia Telluride is also a very strong competitor in the segment. It offers a very spacious interior with a lot of comfort and convenience features. However the Pathfinder has a much better cargo space and towing capacity. The Pathfinder also trumps the Telluride in terms of standard safety features which makes it a much more desirable proposition.

2021 Kia Telluride

 

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Final Verdict

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is expected to completely change the game in the segment, and could be a desirable option for the 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.

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