Nissan’s Pathfinder evolved from a pickup-truck-based SUV to a large family-minded crossover when this fourth-generation model bowed for 2013. Available in either front- or all-wheel drive, the Pathfinder received a mild facelift for 2017 that included a new direct-injected V6 with 284 horsepower along with an updated continuously variable transmission.
Today’s Pathfinder isn’t our favorite-driving three-row SUV, and it trails the class in terms of infotainment tech, but it’s comfortable and capacious, plus Nissan has done a fine job keeping this model updated with new safety features. Starting at $31,040 before options and delivery, the 2018 Pathfinder remains in the hunt against rivals like the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Escape, Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas.
The O.G. Nissan Pathfinder was a rugged, boxy thing that was more about finding new paths than it was about taking ones that already exist. Over time, and as market forces dictated, the Pathfinder softened its approach until its fourth generation was perhaps a bit too squishy. But now, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is here, and it's done some soul searching to take back a bit of its history.
The outgoing model did absolutely nothing for me, but the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder has already earned my admiration. I love that Nissan squared the ever-loving hell out of the Pathfinder's body to help point out that more attention is being paid to its beefier forebears for inspiration. The rear end is a little much, what with its large slab of a liftgate and the 5-foot-wide PATHFINDER badges, but the front end is spot on. It picks up the newer aggression from other redesigned Nissans, and it carries it to good effect. The sides are sharper, and the forward-slanted C-pillar pays homage to the first-gen Pathfinder. Throw in one of the optional two-tone paints and this is a pretty solid stew Nissan's got goin' here.
The 2022 Pathfinder's interior is also vastly superior to its predecessor, but that wasn't exactly a Herculean task. My Platinum-trim tester's two-tone innards are pretty dang good, with lots of soft-touch materials in the right places and a layout that's far less cluttered than before. It feels quite roomy, even in the newly widened third row, which now sits three abreast and isn't too bad for my 6-foot frame. The only real miss here is the shifter, which looks OK but feels a bit cheap and plasticky in its movement.
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