Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: January 2022
We tested the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder back in September, and now we’re welcoming it to our long-term fleet.
During our road test, we found that it still maintains some of the rugged DNA the original Pathfinder is known for, with power to back it up. That comes from a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, putting down 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque to the four-wheel drive system; however, the real star is the new 9-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the CVT.
Behind the wheel of this new Pathfinder, I feel like I’m driving a sizable SUV and I didn’t get that in the previous generation, which was heavy on the crossover vibes. Here, there’s a commanding view of the road, just feels rock solid, and the switch from a CVT to this 9-speed transmission makes acceleration much more pleasing to the ear.
The 13-speaker Bose sound system is also an ear pleaser. It’s part of the Platinum model, the highest trim for the Pathfinder, which also includes 20-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof and tow hitch receiver; though, we’re most excited about what’s on the inside; namely second-row fold-down captain’s chairs and wireless charging for our devices.
On our lot for just a week now, we haven’t driven enough miles to get a fuel-economy average just yet, but we look forward to seeing how the new transmission helps the Pathfinder “find” its way to the suggested 23-combined MPG.
Date: February 2022
It’s been just over a month since this 2022 Nissan Pathfinder joined our Long Term Fleet and so far we’ve enjoyed putting 1,400 miles on our Platinum trim tester, equipped with rear captain’s chairs, a panoramic moonroof and all the connectivity you need.
One of our gripes with the last-gen model was the CVT, but we praised Nissan during our recent Road Test for replacing it with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
While it’s true most people probably wouldn’t mind or even notice the CVT, we’re glad Nissan made the switch to a geared transmission in this Pathfinder. It offers the seamlessness of a CVT without the monotonous tones under hard acceleration. I mean, it’s really well matched with this stout V6 engine.
Currently, our fuel economy average is sitting around 20.2 miles per gallon, a little lower than we’d like, but we expect to see it rise with more highway driving.
Date: April 2022
We’ve spent about four months with our 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and the odometer has had quite a workout since our last update as we added 5,800, mostly interstate miles, bringing our total up to 7-thousand.
The Pathfinder is a great cruiser, but with plenty of commuter capabilities. Sure, we found the ride to be a bit bouncy and the auto stop-start function a little harsh, but the properly bolstered seats and a robust HVAC system are near the top of our praises. And there’s plenty more to this redesigned three-row SUV than meets the eye including top notch interior materials.
Indeed, this Platinum trimmed Pathfinder is quite luxurious and, as usual, Nissan knocks it out of the park with the seats. They’re very comfortable for long distance trips and of course we’ve gotten good use out of the various heat settings this winter. And that goes for our second-row passengers as well.
Last update we reported fuel economy at 20.2 miles per gallon-- a bit lower than we expected. Well, thanks to lots of highway miles and our annual Roebling road trip, we’re seeing an improved average of 22.8 mpgs.
Date: May 2022
Our second sayonara goes to our 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. After its shorter 5-month stay, we still clocked nearly 12-thousand miles of travel; 16-hundred more since our last update.
As of late, we’ve averaged 25.8 miles per gallon— not bad, bringing our final average to 23.3 miles per gallon for its 3.5-liter V6; again, right at the EPA combined rating.
It didn’t take long, but we really got attached to this Pathfinder. Mostly because of the interior, which is constantly garnering praise for its upscale look and feel. But I’d say the V6 engine and the new 9-speed transmission deserves an honorable mention at least. It’s offers plenty of power and fuel economy’s pretty decent for a three row SUV.
We stand by our comments that the improved Pathfinder is an excellent cruiser. If there’s one nitpick we’re still stuck on it’s the auto stop/start being a little harsh; but, whether you’re up front or in back it’s still a comfortable experience, best attributed to the multi-zone climate controls and premium materials. As far as Long-Term utilities go, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will be sorely missed.
Engine: 3.5L V6
Torque: 256 lb-ft
Price as Tested: $51,395