A modern three-row family crossover has to have many nuances in order not to turn into a "minivan imitating an SUV". However, the past models of the Nissan Pathfinder failed to maintain this fine line. According to auto critics, the car was unsightly on the outside, resembling a van, and lackluster on the inside. The new 2022 Pathfinder corrected these flaws and became a much more attractive car in this segment. The GetRentacar team offers to take a closer look at it.
The new Pathfinder is longer, wider, and taller, although it retains the same wheelbase. This crossover looks more massive from the outside and reminds of the design of the Land Rover Discovery. The indoor has also changed: the third row of seats is now able to accommodate adults, and the total capacity of the cabin is 8 passengers. The second-row seats can easily slide and fold forward, providing access to the rear. A distinctive feature is that this can be done even if there is a child seat on the second row (of course, the baby must be removed from the seat in advance).
Another significant improvement is the nine-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the continuously variable automatic (CVT) of the old model. Although the 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 284 hp is virtually unchanged, the new transmission significantly revitalizes the car's response and eliminates the annoying hum that was in the previous version. On the test track, the Pathfinder SL 2022 with front-wheel drive accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, 0.7 seconds more than the heavier 2017 Pathfinder Platinum with all-wheel drive.
Nissan has increased the Pathfinder's tire width from 235 to 255 millimeters and increased spring stiffness to improve handling. Indeed, the new model holds up better than its predecessor, though it still lags behind more nimble offerings in this class in terms of driving enjoyment, such as the Mazda CX-9.
As for the interior, the materials have changed for the better. The dashboard has many soft touch points, the optional leather upholstery is made of plush, and the front seats are incredibly comfortable. There are volume and adjustment knobs on the sides of the touchscreen display, as well as clearly marked climate control levers at the bottom of the center console. With all these innovations, the Nissan Pathfinder's interior design distinguishes it from the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.
Pricing for the Pathfinder starts at $34,560, which is $1430 more than the previous generation. If you want additional options like a panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, Nissan ProPilot driver assistance system, and USB charging ports, such a model will cost $45,795, and all-wheel drive adds $1900 to that sum.
The new Pathfinder is a much more competitive SUV than its predecessor. This three-row crossover has now ranked higher on the luxury car list due to its appeal, spaciousness, technology, and speed. The Pathfinder 2022 is another step forward for Nissan in this market segment, and it's likely to easily achieve more success this year.
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