The new Nissan Pathfinder is here! Benefiting from far-ranging changes and improvements, the revamped Pathfinder is set to arrive here later this year. Here we take a look at the features and benefits this family-orientated, medium-sized SUV can bring. We also consider whether, in a competitive sector, the Pathfinder offers the best value.


As well as an interior and exterior makeover, the Pathfinder has also had many aesthetic and performance tweaks. Nissan has also upgraded the tech in some areas. Key changes to look forward to include:

- A larger interior than previous Pathfinders.
- Restyled exterior to give a more futuristic, minimalist vibe.
- Enhanced interior layout and comfort.
- Upgraded infotainment system.
- Upgraded engine and transmission.

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Interior and Exterior

As already stated, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has undergone noticeable exterior changes. The traditional, boxy SUV shape has been replaced by a smoother, contemporary silhouette. The vehicle retains significant off-road capabilities. At the same time, the design upgrade results in an SUV that looks at home in an urban environment as well as on a dirt track. Some drivers may find the new Pathfinder a little bland; others may like the inoffensive, low-key look.

The 2022 Pathfinder has a larger interior than its predecessors (one of the best in its class). As a result, it's little surprise that the inside is pleasantly spacious in comparison to others in the class. It seats up to eight passengers - perfect for larger families. Of interest is the second row: drivers can select from a 3-seater bench, or two captain's chairs that are ideal for regular use by adult or teen passengers.

Nissan's Pathfinder is beautifully laid out and benefits from premium materials. These add an appealing touch of luxury. The space is enhanced by minimalist styling and some engaging tech touches that add to the futuristic look - the electric shifter, for example, frees up valuable space at the same time as providing an enhanced driving experience.

The amount of storage inside the Pathfinder is impressive. Changes to the layout at the front result in 19.5l of storage in the console area. When it comes to boot space, a 54.1l luggage box is sunk into the boot. This provides storage in addition to that found in the boot. The second and third rows can be folded down to increase storage space even further.

Nissan has made an effort to ensure the third row is easily accessible - the EZ-Flex technology pushes the seat forward, ensuring there's a wide opening for greater manoeuvrability - perfect if you're trying to get younger children in and out of car seats.

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The Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5l, naturally aspirated, 3.5l petrol engine (209kW/350Nm) V6. It's partnered with a nine-speed automatic transmission - a departure from the CVT used in previous versions. Given that there were reported issues with the reliability of the CVT, the fresh transmission is a welcome move.

Fuel efficiency is quoted as around 10l/100km (23mpg).

Owners can choose from front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD or 4WD) options. 4WD Pathfinders benefit from a 2720kg towing capacity and seven different modes. In contrast, the FWD Pathfinder can tow up to 1588kg and has five different modes.

Reviewers love the comfort and quiet of the Pathfinder ride. Excellent insulation and a well-thought-out suspension result in a comfortable, high-end driving experience that's always appealing. The smooth, efficient brakes also receive plenty of praise, which is always reassuring when you're looking for a family SUV. The acceleration is less impressive. Although the engine has plenty of poke, this doesn't always translate particularly well through the transmission - moving away from a standing start can be hesitant and slow, for example. If you're a driver that values responsive acceleration in the lower ranges, you may find the Pathfinder's sluggish take-off speeds irritating.


A sophisticated 11.5" infotainment screen, an advanced driver assist package (Nissan Pro-Pilot Assist), and a user-friendly driver digital display are just some of the Pathfinder's tech offerings. Depending on the spec, there are also opportunities to enjoy keyless entry/push-button start, tri-zone climate control and a wealth of ports for electrical devices.

Overall the level of tech is excellent, but may be a little overwhelming for some drivers.


The Pathfinder features a good range of static and autonomous safety features. The vehicle has a 5-star ANCAP rating. It's widely recognised to be a very safe vehicle. Some drivers find the autonomous system is geared towards an overly cautious approach to driving. This can mean that driver judgement is at odds with the tech!


Pricing starts at around $36,670 for the basic SV spec. A basic SL will be around $40.140 and the top-spec Platinum starts at about $46,740.

Pros and Cons


- Quiet, comfortable drive.
- Beautifully appointed, spacious interior.
- A large amount of storage space.


- Relatively slow acceleration from a standing start.
- Bland exterior.

Final Verdict

The latest iteration of the Pathfinder provides an attractively priced, premium SUV option that's difficult to fault. Most people in the market for an SUV are looking for a versatile people mover that can carry them, their families and a good amount of luggage wherever they need to go. The Pathfinder ticks all these boxes - it's spacious and has a large amount of luggage space. It's also got a generous towing capacity - if you need to bring a caravan or trailer with you, the Pathfinder can handle it.

It's also very comfortable and quiet. The second and third-row seat configurations enable passengers to enjoy an appealing driving experience. The comprehensive suite of safety features is also welcome in a family-orientated vehicle.

If there is a downside to the Pathfinder, it's that it's a little too staid and safe for drivers to enjoy. The non-descript exterior, lamentable lack of torque in the lower ranges and (perhaps) slightly over-enthusiastic autonomous safety system add up to a bit of a buzz-kill if you're a driver who likes to drive.

Overall, if you're looking for an eight-seater SUV that's an ideal family vehicle, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 is a dependable, high-end option that's well worth a closer look.

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