The three-row SUV has overtaken the minivan as the American family car of choice. Manufacturers are refining their vehicles more and more to compete in this desirable market. This has led to more and better choices in 3-row SUVs than ever before.
One of the most notable new entries is the all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. Completely redesigned from its 2020 version, it sports a brand new exterior, interior, and many new features.
Read on for a guide to the 2022 Pathfinder, as well as comparisons to other cars in its class.
The All-New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder
The 2022 Pathfinder has a completely redesigned exterior. The softer lines of the 2020 Pathfinder have been replaced with a bolder look, echoing its past as an off-road SUV.
The grille is larger and more squared-off, and the vehicle length and overhang have been shortened. Nissan has added larger tires and a floating roof design. The design blends the Pathfinder’s rugged heritage with the needs of the modern driver.
The Pathfinder’s interior has also been completely redeveloped. It has a new automatic transmission and a new all-wheel-drive system.
Nissan Pathfinder Specs
The 2022 Pathfinder includes a redesigned nine-speed automatic transmission in place of the former continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
It has an upgraded all-wheel-drive system with seven drive modes (Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Tow). Though there are other vehicles better suited to serious off-roading, the 2022 Pathfinder should be able to handle hazardous roads or wet and muddy conditions with ease. For travel on dirt roads or in the mountains, the Pathfinder is a great choice.
If towing a trailer or boat figures into your SUV shopping list, the Pathfinder is rated as the best in class. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 6,000 pounds – 1,000 pounds more than its competitors such as the Kia Telluride and Honda Pilot.
The 2022 Pathfinder retains the same 284-horsepower V-6 engine as its previous model. It goes from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds and averages 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
A Redesigned Interior
The interior has been completely redesigned along with the exterior, to a more geometric and rugged shape. It fits either seven or eight passengers, depending on if the buyer opts for the second-row captain’s chairs or a full row of seats.
Optional interior features include a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a wireless charging pad.
With all the seats up, the 2022 Pathfinder has 16.6 cubic feet of space behind the backseat. Nissan claims that amount is the equivalent of having space for four golf bags or a large cooler.
Folding the third row down brings that to 45 cubic feet and folding both the second and third-row gives you a spacious 80 feet.
Entertainment and Safety Features
Standard driver’s infotainment includes an 8-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a 7-inch cluster display. We especially like how the touchscreen has been mounted to be closer to the drivers’ eye level, decreasing the risk of distracting and creating a pleasing tablet-like effect.
Optional features include increasing to a 9-inch touchscreen and 12-inch instrument cluster. Drivers can also add an 11-inch HUD that projects onto the windshield itself.
Standard Pathfinders are fitted with the Nissan Safety Shield 360. This is Nissan’s safety system that includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detecting, lane departure detecting, and automatic emergency braking.
Optional safety features can be added so that the Pathfinder automatically prevents you from collisions in your blind spot. It can also automatically recognize traffic signs and act accordingly.
Nissan also offers its ProPilot semi-automated driving technology. It helps to center the car in the lane and uses semi-adaptive cruise control to stay a safe difference from cars ahead and behind.
Though the 2022 model stats have not yet been released, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS).
The all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will likely be even safer than its predecessor.
Warranty and Reliability
The 2022 Pathfinder offers a three-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty. Its powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles.
Reliability Index has rated Nissan as a 4.0/5 in their reliability survey. That’s ninth among brands overall and higher than the industry average.
Choosing the Best 3-Row SUV
As you can see, the 2022 Pathfinder has become an even more competitive choice in the crowded field of 3-row SUVs. But how does it directly stack up against its biggest competitors from Kia and Toyota?
2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2021 Kia Sorento
The 2022 Pathfinder has a 284-HP V-6 engine vs. the 2021 Sorento’s 191-HP inline-4. It has a much greater towing capacity – 6,000 pounds vs. only 2,000!
Both cars seat seven, with the Pathfinder enjoying a slight edge in roominess. In exchange for these increased capacities, the Pathfinder has slightly less fuel efficiency.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander
Both the 2022 Pathfinder and the 2021 Highlander have 285-HP V-6 engines. The Pathfinder again has the edge in towing capacity and interior space. They rate about the same in fuel efficiency.
The Pathfinder and Highlander are very similar cars for similar needs. However, the Pathfinder starts at MSRP $30,000 – almost $5,000 less than the Highlander.
Where to Buy the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder
With a rugged look, new components under the hood, and a luxurious interior, the all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a great choice for families or anyone else needing a great 3-row SUV. It is one of the best SUVs in its class.We are a Nissan dealership serving Bossier City, Shreveport, and the surrounding area. Contact us to hear more about the 2022 Pathfinder and other Nissan vehicles, or drop by during our open hours to find the right Nissan for you.