The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Excels as the Perfect Family SUV

Woo hoo, the school year is coming to an end, and temperatures are heating up outside. It could be time to take your family on a trip, so you may want to consider doing that in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. Check out which features make the Nissan Pathfinder an excellent family SUV. 

Is the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder a good SUV? 

An image of a 2022 Nissan Pathfinder parked outdoors, in the sand..
2022 Nissan Pathfinder | Nissan

Yes, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is an excellent SUV option, especially for families. It just received a fresh new look and got a few technology upgrades to take on modern rivals such as the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and Toyota Highlander. 

The official price for the revamped Nissan Pathfinder hasn’t been revealed yet. However, according to The Car Connection, it could begin around $30,000, and higher trim levels could cost about $50,000. This price keeps the Pathfinder competitive against other three-row SUV options. Also, it should be available this summer. 

How does the Nissan Pathfinder perform? 

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder benefits from a new transmission, all-wheel-drive system, and electronic steering rack to enhance its performance over various terrain. Both on-road and off-roading capabilities have been upgraded. 

It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque that’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The previous model uses a continuously variable automatic transmission. 

Front-wheel drive comes standard with the Pathfinder, but you can upgrade to all-wheel drive. New driving modes include Sand, Snow, Mud/Rut, and Tow.

But Edmunds mentioned that the Pathfinder only has seven inches of ground clearance, so while it can handle harsh conditions, it’s not built for hardcore off-roading adventures. 

Most Nissan Pathfinder models can tow up to 3,500 lbs and have standard sway control. You can opt for the available towing package to tow up to 6,000 lbs. This provides more towing power than rivals in its class have to offer. It’s enough muscle to haul mid-sized campers and trailers. 

What makes the Nissan Pathfinder family-friendly? 

An image of a 2022 Nissan Pathfinder parked outdoors.
2022 Nissan Pathfinder | Nissan

Well, along with being able to tow the family camper, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder now features optional captain’s chairs in the second row. According to Car and Driver, captain’s chairs are preferred by families instead of a traditional bench seat. 

Nissan also added more storage bins around the entire vehicle to store small and bigger items. Under the center console, you will find a large bin that the driver and front-seat passenger can access. 

Behind the third row, you can access up to 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space with up to 80.5 cubic feet of cargo space total. An eight-inch infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These systems can be synced wirelessly on higher trim levels. 

Optional features include a 12.3-inch digital cluster display, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging pad, head-up display, in-dash navigation, and SiriusXM satellite radio. All of which can keep people happy and comfortable during long trips. 

Plus, the Pathfinder comes with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. It includes automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warning. Optional features include adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assistance. 

The new Nissan Pathfinder is ready to tow and go. It should provide a more comfortable ride than the previous generation and has more driving modes to handle challenging terrain with updated tech and comfort amenities.