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Finally, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is hitting the streets. As critics sit behind the wheel of the refreshed Nissan Pathfinder, they mention that it didn’t get a new engine option, but that doesn’t matter. The Pathfinder has more than enough power. 

What engine does the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder have? 

A red 2022 Nissan Pathfinder on dirt road
2022 Nissan Pathfinder | Nissan

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine from the previous generation. It still pumps out the same 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque as the older model and can tow up to 6,000 lbs. 

This is an impressive amount of power for a mid-size SUV, and it can tow more than its rivals that max out around 5,000 lbs. It has enough muscle to tow boats, campers, trailers, and more for family adventures. Plus, the Pathfinder can carry a payload of about 1,324 lbs. 

According to Truck Trend, Nissan ditched the old CVT transmission and replaced it with a ZF-sources nine-speed automatic one. This upped the fun and provided smooth shifting that never found the wrong gear. The Pathfinder can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.7 seconds, which is faster than the Kia Telluride. 

How does the Pathfinder perform? 

The most fuel-efficient 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is the model equipped with optional all-wheel drive. The Pathfinder gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. 

You can add AWD for about $1,900, and trailer sway control comes standard. It sports a body-on-frame construction and the intelligent AWD system using direct coupling to transfer torque between the front and rear as needed. 

It’s been enhanced to provide better traction in slippery conditions. Plus, the new steering system is direct and responsive. There are seven driving modes, including Sand and Mud/Rut off-roading modes. The Pathfinder excels in highway driving, navigating trails, and maneuvering trailers. 

According to Car And Driver, the Pathfinder has a smooth, comfortable ride. The sound deadening elements also make the cabin incredibly quiet. However, the handling could be a little more entertaining. 

Is the Nissan Pathfinder family-friendly? 

A blue 2022 Nissan Pathfinder towing an ATV with drive modes shown
2022 Nissan Pathfinder | Nissan

Yes, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder serves as an excellent family SUV. The 2022 model now offers captain chairs in the second row. There are 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats with up to 164.6 cubic feet of total interior volume. 

The Pathfinder now has more storage cubbies found throughout the cab, and there is a large bin under the center console that’s easy for the driver to access. There are plenty of USB ports, and the second row is easy to move out of the way. Kids and adults can easily access the third row, which also has more space now. 

An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, but you can upgrade to a 9.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included and can be synced wirelessly on higher trim levels. 

You can add the optional 12.3-inch digital cluster gauge display, wireless phone charging pad, head-up display, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beam headlamps, and lane-departure warning. 

At the end of the day, the Nissan Pathfinder doesn’t need a new, more powerful engine option. It outmuscles rivals as the perfect daily driver, adventurer, and family hauler. Plus, its fresh design looks great!


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