Tech Meets Tough in the All-New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

May 14th, 2021 by

A red 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is shown from a low angle driving during a sunset after leaving a Lebanon TN Nissan dealer.

Exciting things are happening at Newton Nissan of Gallatin, your Lebanon TN Nissan dealer, not the least of which is the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, set to hit dealerships this summer. The Pathfinder is an American icon with a fan base that dates back to the date it was first released. In case you’re wondering, that date was 1985 when shoulder pads were still in fashion, and The Breakfast Club had just come out.

A lot has changed since the first Pathfinder made its debut, including the exciting fifth generation launch in just a few months. Nissan has shared a few details about the upcoming redesigned Pathfinder, and what we hear, and see, has us feeling pretty excited. From a boxier, more truck-like exterior to advanced tech designed to keep everyone connected, the 2022 Pathfinder lives up to its name.

The 2022 Pathfinder At a Glance

Even with three rows of seats, a first glance at the Pathfinder’s cabin reveals a spacious, well-appointed interior. The driver’s seat and dash area appear more like the cockpit of a fighter jet, with a dizzying array of infotainment and digital touchscreen displays ergonomically arranged around the steering column. Nissan’s use of upscale finishes combines to deliver a luxury-focused cabin that passengers will love.

Nissan also made the decision that the Pathfinder will include ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link to transform your commute into anything but a boring drive. The driver-assist systems automate the most mundane aspects of driving, like staying centered in your intended lane of travel, leaving the driver more time and energy to focus on enjoying the ride. These semi-autonomous systems are not only convenient: they’re designed to make the vehicle safer, an added benefit for families carrying precious cargo.

What’s not to like about this newest iteration of America’s favorite SUV? Available in a whopping 14 different color combinations, including a few two-tone options, it’s not hard to dial in the exact Pathfinder you want and show a little bit of your personality in the process. In any color combination, the 2022 Pathfinder dazzles.

A grey 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is shown from behind driving on a highway toward a city.

Outstanding Performance

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s mated with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous Xtronic CVT. It delivers a very capable 284 horsepower, plenty of oomph to handle highway acceleration and off-roading adventures. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the available four-wheel drive is where the Pathfinder really shows its gritty underside. When four-wheel drive is selected, the Pathfinder includes seven different selectable drive modes, including standard, sport, eco, snow, sand, mud/rut, and tow. Drivers can simply dial in the setting that best matches the road conditions they’re facing, and the vehicle will adjust the torque to most effectively power through.

We’re impressed by the 2022 Pathfinder’s 6,000-pound max towing capacity. It offers plenty of brawn for hauling a small RV or boat, thanks to the available 259 lb-ft of torque produced by the 3.5-liter engine. It also has the distinction of being the best in its class for towing. Thanks to the standard Trailer Sway Control, drivers can tow with confidence. Nissan outfits the Pathfinder with wider-than-average tires, measuring in at 255 millimeters, which help contribute to a stable-feeling ride that will give drivers confidence in any driving conditions. The Pathfinder also has a rear independent multi-link suspension that handles uneven road surfaces with ease.

Upgraded Interior Features

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is a people mover, with seating for seven or eight, depending on whether buyers elect to add the second-row captain’s chairs. Upper-end trims offer a plethora of luxury finishes, including buttery-soft semi-aniline leather seating and heated and ventilated front seats. The available panoramic sunroof creates a floating roof effect that Nissan mentions on its Pathfinder teaser website. It gives the cabin a much more open feel, providing a view of the sky from both the first and second row of seats. The under-seat storage is a nice touch and offers passengers plenty of space for stowing cargo.

It’s too early to tell, but by all accounts, the Pathfinder’s interior has undergone a serious upgrade. The finishes feel high-end and luxurious, a departure from the Pathfinder’s previously humble appointments. We love the sound of the brushed bronze metallic accents and can’t wait to see how they blend with the Pathfinder’s other premium finishes.

Tech and infotainment are front-and-center on the 2022 Pathfinder, with a standard 8-inch infotainment touchscreen (a 9-inch touchscreen is available) and a 12.3-inch digital display for the driver that sharply displays gauges and other driving data. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard and wirelessly connectible on more expensive trims. Nissan offers a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless charger, and in-dash navigation, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. A 10.8-inch head-up display is also available. A 13-speaker premium Bose audio system will make listening to your favorite playlist a concert-grade experience. Add to that the available ambient cabin lighting, and the Pathfinder’s interior starts to feel truly customizable to suit any mood.

A close up shows the navigation view on the infotainment screen in a 2022 Nissan Pathfinder.

Safety and Driver-Assist Technology

Nissan announced that the SV and SL Pathfinder trims will both offer ProPILOT Assist, a series of semi-autonomous driver-assist systems designed to make driving not only safer but more convenient as well. Using Intelligent Cruise Control and an intuitive steering assist feature, the system automatically adjusts speed to keep the vehicle running safely in traffic and on the highway. The Pathfinder Platinum trim is available with Navi-link, an add-on to ProPILOT Assist that ramps up simple navigation capability by helping drivers anticipate upcoming curves or intersections, assisting with slowing the vehicle automatically to prepare. The system is especially helpful during highway driving when entering and exiting.

The entire 2022 Pathfinder trim lineup will come standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360. The driver-assist safety suite includes a long list of features, including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Automatic Braking. Buffering the driver-assist suite are a handful of additional safety features. These include Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and a rear door alert. Additional available safety features include an Intelligent Lane Intervention system and a sensor that has the ability to read and recognize traffic signs.

Something Big Is Coming

Big things are happening almost daily at Nissan. The entire model lineup is being reimagined, and this latest 2022 Pathfinder is no exception. The tradition of delivering a reliable yet upscale full-size SUV is still evident in this newest version, but its comprehensive exterior overhaul results in a wider and overall larger SUV. The LED headlights and taillights lend it a futuristic curb appeal, and Pathfinder aficionados will love that this newest design retains the three-slot grille.

There’s no doubt this Pathfinder will find a home in many driveways once it’s released this summer. It’s the perfect method of transport for family in-town driving or once-in-a-lifetime road trip adventures. With seating for up to eight, there’s room for everyone, and with a comprehensive suite of advanced safety technologies as your companion, you’ll enjoy peace of mind as you head down the road. You can check out the all-new, redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder this summer at Newton Nissan of Gallatin.