Reasons to Get Excited About the New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

August 13th, 2021 by

A white 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is shown off-roading on a dirt path.

If you are looking for new cars in stock at our dealership, you might want to take a minute to get excited about the newest Pathfinder model coming out. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder found its way back to its more rugged origins! Critics are rejoicing for the return of features more fitting to an SUV that can tackle tough terrain, and the new exterior styling is a welcome refresh for the nameplate that’s been a solid top seller since 1987.

Buyers love a spunky SUV that can handle bad weather, rough roads, and isn’t afraid to head into the hills for a little weekend fun. With the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, you get all the benefits of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility platform meshed with the restyled design to restore power and performance buyers will love.

What’s New About the 2022 Pathfinder

Nissan completely redesigned the 2022 Pathfinder to give it a whole new look, inside and out. The previous design with a more rounded shape is gone, and now the 2022 shape takes on a sharper, broader appearance with a sleek modern appeal. Straight lines and a minimalistic aesthetic bring the Pathfinder into a crisp style that both nods to its original boxy appearance and carries it into the future with contemporary polish. The interior updates with a more upscale feel to the soft-touch materials, a large eight-inch touchscreen raised higher in the center of the dash, and a modern electronic shifter that makes space for storage under the center console.

With the continuously variable transmission nixed, Nissan has brought in a new nine-speed automatic transmission that better accommodates towing and terrain management. The intelligent four-wheel drive incorporates improved torque transfer to the wheels, and the suspension has been upgraded to mitigate roll by 28 percent. Drivers will appreciate the new available 10.2-inch head-up display, and passengers can more easily access the third row using the EZ Flex one-touch release found on the second-row seats. This system allows for the second-row seats to slide and fold forward by touching the button and can still activate even with child seats in the second row.

How Does It Perform?

The performance sees an upgrade for the 2022 Pathfinder with a combination of several elements. Starting with the intelligent four-wheel drive, the improved capability arrives in the form of better traction control and more accurate handling that reduces wheel slippage. Nissan adds hill descent control and hill start assist as part of the electronic systems that govern the Pathfinder’s capability; with these features, the Pathfinder can handle inclines at controlled speeds without rolling backward or needing to grind down the brakes. Mountain travel will be a cinch with this feature, and drivers can feel more confident on back roads, too.

The four-wheel drive system works in tandem with the drive modes, which adjust for seven different types of terrain or driving conditions. For off-road conditions, Nissan provides drivers with sand or mud/rut modes that automatically distribute torque and manage throttle response for the wheels while driving over uneven or slippery terrain. Roadways are managed with sport, eco, snow, and standard modes to calibrate the steering, torque, and throttle for each specific circumstance to provide the appropriate tuning. A tow mode is also an option, and trailer sway control is standard equipment to help stabilize the trailer on roads for safer travel. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is carried over from the previous generation, and a towing capacity of 6,000 pounds allows for trailering with small campers or boats.

A brown 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is parked in a field with the lift-gate open.

Features Upgrade for 2022

Nissan vehicles all marry well to technology, so it comes as no surprise that standard technology in the 2022 Pathfinder includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with NissanConnect to provide buyers with all the connectivity they need on the road. Accessing these features is intuitive with screen actions similar to a smartphone, and knobs below the screen allow for accessing volume for the speakers and temperature for the tri-zone climate control. For upper trims, the available Bose sound system brings your music to life with enhanced sound quality heard through 13 speakers throughout the cabin.

The quality of the interior materials has been given a refreshing upgrade. With stitching in the dash, an upgraded digital display for the driver, the electronic shifter and mode-select dial, and reworked cargo storage areas, the entire interior has been uplifted into a classier expanse. Cargo space increases with new storage under the center console in the front seat, a new removable console for the available second-row captain’s chairs, and continues the under-floor storage in the rear cargo area. Rear seats all fold flatter for better loading and transport of cargo in the rear, and total cargo space is increased slightly from the former 79.5 cubic feet to 80.5 cubic feet.

Conveniences like heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, driver’s seat memory, and a panoramic moonroof are just a few of the available options for upper trims. Meanwhile, standard conveniences like the Nissan Intelligent Key, powered accessories, and a cabin microfilter start the entry-level trim with generous features for comfortable travel. Even though the new 2022 Pathfinder is restoring its more rugged capability, ride quality on roadways will be quieter with extra attention to insulation against exterior and highway noise. Bumps in the road should be better isolated from the cabin, too.

Safety Shield Is the Standard

Nissan Safety Shield 360 for the 2022 Pathfinder is a well-rounded set of driver-assist features that includes watching areas of the vehicle many other brands do not include until you range into upper trims. Accidents often occur when vehicles are backing out of driveways or parking spaces, yet it’s rare to find a safety suite that adds features like Rear Automatic Braking or Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard.

Thankfully, Nissan includes both these features in its effort to help mitigate or prevent accidents while driving in reverse. Another feature often missing from standard safety suites is a Blind Spot Warning, again a common issue that leads to accidents on highways, though Nissan includes this as well. A convenience like High Beam Assist simplifies night travel, so you won’t have to remember to turn down your high beams in oncoming traffic, and knowing your vehicle can sense pedestrians ahead of you and apply the brakes when you may not see a person crossing is a comfort.

Available Intelligent Driver Alertness further increases the safety for the 2022 Pathfinder by monitoring the driver’s state for signs of inattention or fatigue and then issues an alert to suggest pulling over for a rest. The Rear Door Alert is a feature that parents will appreciate when traveling with little ones. Before you leave the vehicle, the alert will remind you to check the back seat because it remembers the door being opened before you even turned on the vehicle. Nissan adds a bevy of electronic safety features that work behind the scenes, like stability and traction control, that also work to make the 2022 Pathfinder safer across all the trim levels.

A green 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is shown from the front driving through a city.

It’s Time to Check Out the 2022 Pathfinder

If you haven’t driven a new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder yet and you’re in the market for a new three-row SUV, it’s worth giving this redesigned model a test drive. With all the new features, improved driving manners, upgraded interior, and increased cargo space, the Pathfinder is both more rugged and more luxurious than ever. Nissan finds the perfect balance with the sleek modern design and the improved capability off-road to make the Pathfinder a vehicle that will be fun to drive and a pleasure to take on long trips with the family. Pricing for such a quality SUV with so much to offer is incredibly economical, especially when you consider the pricing of most competing three-row SUVs. Nissan has taken a turn for the better with the 2022 Pathfinder!

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