By on July 15, 2021

2022 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3

Thanks to Nissan’s glacier-like design cycles, we don’t have to look very far back in the history books to find a so-called ‘real’ Pathfinder. Before it morphed into a three-row crossover that blended into the scenery, it was a body-on-frame rig with a proven engine and square-shouldered stance that didn’t apparently play well in the company’s corporate slide deck.

Except it probably should have. After all, Toyota is currently making bank with such a machine in the gotta-have-it 4Runner.

Our venerated Managing Editor sampled the new Pathfinder last month in the terrifying Detroit area, deeming it (the Nissan, not Detroit) to be a step – if not a leap – in the right direction. While it still packs a familiar 3.5L V6 engine, the miserable continuously variable automatic transmission has been binned in favor of a nine-speed automatic. This is true no matter which of the four trims are selected.

Ignoring the two-wheel-drive variants, prices range from $35,310 for a base model S trim all the way up to $48,090 for a Platinum-grade Pathfinder that actually contains no platinum whatsoever. Actually, scratch that; there might be some in the catalytic converter. We’ll hound the parts department and let you know. Nevertheless, spending more scratch nets absolutely not one iota of extra power, leaving us to judge the merits of various trims on their feature count.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3

We’ll dispense with the S right away since it fails to include conveniences like a remote starter and satellite radio. While it is true features like these make little difference to the majority of readers and authors at TTAC, they absolutely do make a difference to John & Jane Q. Public who are seeking an all-wheel-drive crossover to serve as a family shuttle. This puts us in league with the SV trim, which is $2,800 more expensive than the base car.

The SV also adds leather touchpoints and a set of power-adjustable seats with heating elements. ProPILOT Assist, the company’s take on advanced driver assistance tools, is included on the SV as well. Again, these are real-world comforts for the population that inexplicably doesn’t prefer a 2005 Ford Ranger as their go-to vehicle. However, making a further $3,400 jump to the SL trim just for basically leather seats and a bigger infotainment screen seems a bit silly.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder SV 3

Here’s a practical element we can all appreciate (even the ’05 Ranger crowd): the SV is rated to tow a burly-for-the-class 6,000 pounds, nearly double the base trim This difference alone is enough for your author to recommend SV as the bare minimum in a 2022 Pathfinder; just be sure to select the $2,170 option package that provides the transmission coolers to endure this task. The package also adds second-row captain’s chairs, a power liftgate that should really be standard, and a panoramic moonroof.

Please note the prices listed here are in American dollars and currently accurate for base prices exclusive of any fees, taxes, or rebates. Your dealer may (and should) sell for less. Keep your foot down, bone up on available rebates, and bargain hard.

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15 Comments on “The Right Spec: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder...”

  • avatar

    I’m going with the little-known “re-evaluate your life choices and skip all these Karen-mobiles” option package as the right spec for this car. Select it and the site generates a Chrysler Pacifica. Fancy that!

  • avatar

    “Ignoring the two-wheel-drive variants,”

    Why? I need 4WD/AWD as much as a fish needs a bicycle.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d say that makes a great case for buying a minivan instead.

      • 0 avatar
        CKNSLS Sierra SLT

        I don’t think you will find a mini-van that can tow 6,000 pounds. And while looks are subjective-this thing IMHO looks better than all of them except for the KIA Carnival.

        But going against it-is that this is a vehicle that those who are making more money than buyers of Sentras are going to consider. And Nissan dealers are pretty sleazy-that won’t fly here.

        • 0 avatar

          “while looks are subjective”

          You definitely got that part correct. I think this is one of the worst looking 3-row things on sale today.

          • 0 avatar

            I’m always in awe with the outgoing Pathfinder whenever I see one, how Nissan managed to design a car that is so boring, yet so ugly at the same time.

  • avatar

    I’m trying to imagine how amazingly attractive the salesperson would need to be to get me to buy a current Nissan.

    • 0 avatar

      I saw a new, probably high trim level, Pathfinder in the wild a few days ago.
      I thought it was pretty sharp. Nothing amazing, but no worse from a style standpoint that much of the competition. I dont recall all the specs for this, but assume they are using some form of VQ and now have a transmission with actual gears. There is nothing horrible about these cars. It is not superlative in any way, but I hardly see it as the bottom of the barrel.

      • 0 avatar

        So what’s “bottom of the barrel” in this class?

        However, even if it isn’t the worst option, unless you love the styling (which I actually dislike quite a bit) or have some sort of brand loyalty to Nissan why would you buy this?

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    I bought a 2003 4Runner last month for the wife. 4.0L V6 ( more horsepower than the period V8 but less torque ). It’s a real BOF and entirely capable of handing everything from school runs to 2′ snowdrifts.


    It’s more capable any modern Nissan SUV – and most contemporary Toyotas, this side of a Sequoia.

    I think that I might even soft-road it this Summer, as it’d be far better at that than my F-150.

    $0.02 and just sayin’.

  • avatar

    I’d rather have my 2016 Highlander Hybrid than a brand-new one of these.

  • avatar

    Junk. The only decent thing Nissan makes is it’s made in Japan Patrol (Armada).

  • avatar

    This thing is ugly, from the front, side, and rear. Our next vehicle, replacing our 202,000-mile Toyota Sienna, will likely be a 4wd 4Runner SR5.

  • avatar

    Aside from the current corporate face of Nissan crossovers (dumb bi-level headlights – a trend which needs to die yesterday, and the buck-toothed grille), this is the least offensive thing they sell; it isn’t gorgeous, but at least it’s a box on wheels and isn’t pretending otherwise. There still isn’t a Nissan around that I would plunk down my money on.

    The move from a CVT is likely a good one.

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