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2022 Nissan Pathfinder: Massively improved, worth a second chance


Remember when Nissan gave the Rouge a makeover last year, and everyone went crazy? Well, this year they decided to bring some of the same design elements to the Pathfinder, and boy did it make a difference. The all-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is the 5th generation of this SUV that families have been loving for more than three decades. Redesigned from the ground up with new styling changes, the Pathfinder has come a long way since its first release in 1985. Publisher Tim Esterdahl had the opportunity to take the new Pathfinder on a road trip recently, and he found several things to rave about.

From boring to bold

Just like that, the completely made-over exterior makes all the difference. Esterdahl points out the solid lines, new lighting signatures, a bolder front-end and beautiful black and chrome accents that make the Pathfinder a real contender when compared to some of the newer three-row SUV’s on the market. Personally, I’m finding the rear-end a little Durango-esque which is not a bad thing.

In short, the Pathfinder is no longer a bland SUV.

Inside the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Of course, the exterior was not the only part of the car to get a drastic makeover. Inside we find attractive two-toned leather seats with double stitching, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 9-inch touchscreen for navigation and entertainment. The camera system provides a 360-degree view, and the HUD keeps you updated on changes to the speed limit while also helping you keep your eyes on the road while you’re driving.

Plus, the Pathfinder has a great seat and position memory system. When you turn the vehicle on it remembers where you were last and automatically moves you into position. Esterdahl says this feels like something you’d find in a luxury vehicle.

The new block-shaped gear selector is interesting. It takes up very little space, but it’s so unique it may take some time to get used to.  Esterdahl pointed it out a few times, and I think he kind of liked it.

It appears the all-new Pathfinder offers plenty of legroom, a multitude of charging options for all your devices (even in the third row) and a quiet ride. Esterdahl raved about the comfortable seats, and we all know he’s fussy about those, so we’ll take his word when he says the Pathfinder ranks high on the charts for passenger comfort.

Storage is key

When you’ve got a family, having good storage options in your car is a real treat. Esterdahl points out all the cubbies in his video including two of my favorites: the pass-through area under the center console and what he calls a “weird ledge” on the passenger side. That little ledge is the perfect spot for the passenger’s phone or a small book or tablet. It’s handy, I promise.

The square drink holders are a little weird to look at, but they work just fine and there are plenty of them throughout the cabin.

Check out those aftermarket seat-back covers on the third-row seats. I love the way they protect the seats when they’re laid down to accommodate larger cargo. And speaking of cargo, the 2022 Pathfinder has more cargo space than ever.


The bottom line on the new Pathfinder

This three-row family hauler can tow up to 6,000 pounds, sports a 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a 9-speed transmission (not a CVT) and makes a bold statement on the road. Be sure to check out the video below for all of Esterdahl’s raves (and rants). We think it’s worth looking at if you’re in the market for for a three-row SUV.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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