The iconic Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row SUV that has been a part of Nissan’s vehicle lineup since it first debuted on the U.S. mainstream auto market in 1987. The Nissan Pathfinder has taken on many shapes throughout its more than three decades of availability on the mainstream auto market, but it has consistently remained a three-row mid-size SUV since the 2012 model year. Despite the iconic nature of the Nissan Pathfinder, this three-row SUV has become slightly outdated within the past few model years. However, the 2022 model year marks the beginning of the fifth generation for the Nissan Pathfinder after Nissan did not release an updated version of their three-row mid-size SUV for the 2021 model year. For the 2022 model year, the Pathfinder was completely redesigned. It now comes with a wide variety of all-new features and underwent a full redesign to make it more rugged, modern, and athletic on the road. 

If you’re interested in making a practical, capable three-row mid-size SUV your next vehicle, keep reading to learn more about the all-new redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder that is now available—as of early summer 2021—at official Nissan dealerships in your area. 

Updated Powertrain 

For the 2022 model year, the Nissan Pathfinder retains the same engine as its predecessor for 2020. This powerful engine is a naturally aspirated 3.5-L V6 engine that generates an impressive 284 horsepower and 259 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the fact that it is a carryover from the 2020 model year, the Pathfinder’s current engine remains competitive within the three-row mid-size SUV segment. 

However, the Nissan Pathfinder did receive an updated powertrain for the 2022 model year. Instead of pairing with a continuously variable automatic transmission as it did in previous model years, the Pathfinder’s engine now pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

When equipped with a special towing package, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is capable of towing up to 6,000 pounds—this figure applies to both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Pathfinder models for the 2022 model year.

New Terrain Management System 

Terrain Management control

Terrain Management control

The new terrain management system that is now available for the Nissan Pathfinder as of the 2022 model year demonstrates the rugged, athletic nature of this three-row mid-size SUV. 

While front-wheel drive is standard on all 2022 Nissan Pathfinder models, all 2022 Pathfinder models are also available with an all-wheel drive. 2022 Pathfinder models that come equipped with all-wheel drive feature Intelligent 4WD. 

Intelligent 4WD features seven different drive and terrain modes. Drivers can select between seven different drive modes that are designed for driving over various terrains. These seven drive modes include Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mut/Rut, and Tow. The current drive mode for the 2022 Pathfinder is shown as a pop-up notification on this SUV’s instrument cluster display. 

Redesigned Exterior and Interior 

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned inside and out for the 2022 model year. Its exterior now features a larger face, larger tires, and new aluminum-alloy wheel designs that give this three-row mid-size SUV a bolder, more rugged, and capable look. LED headlights and taillights give the 2022 Pathfinder a more modern appearance. The 2022 Pathfinder is also now available with five brand-new two-tone paint treatments that give this SUV a more structured look. 

On the inside, the 2022 Pathfinder features a redesigned cabin as well. The addition of a third seat belt in the third row of seats allows the 2022 Pathfinder to fit up to eight passengers rather than seven passengers as its predecessors did. Second-row captain’s chairs are also newly available for the 2022 Pathfinder—although opting for these ultra-comfortable second-row seats reduces the seating capacity of this SUV from eight back to seven. 

The dashboard design of the Pathfinder looks more modern and attractive for 2022 and gives the entire Pathfinder cabin a refined, minimalist appearance. Optional materials like semi-aniline leather upholstery and leather trim give this SUV a more upscale look and feel as well.

Upgraded Tech 

The technology in the Pathfinder has been thought of as outdated for several model years, but the redesigned 2022 Pathfinder features upgraded tech that brings the Pathfinder back into competition with other modern three-row SUVs within its vehicle segment. 

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder comes equipped with an 8.0-inch or 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It is also available with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and head-up display. 

As for safety and driver assistance, a wide variety of advanced features come standard or are available for the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning come standard for all 2022 Pathfinder models, while adaptive cruise control with a semi-autonomous driving mode is an available driver-assistance feature for Nissan’s 2022 Pathfinder models.