The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Goes Automatic

Photo credit: Nissan
Photo credit: Nissan

From Autoweek

  • The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder will come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous-generation’s CVT.

  • The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque.

  • Nissan is including its Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard equipment for all 2022 Pathfinders. The truck goes on sale this summer.

With almost a decade under its belt, the fourth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is getting a successor. New for ’22, the upcoming Pathfinder gets a complete overhaul and has some serious changes from the last generation. Most notably, Nissan is opting for a traditional automatic transmission instead of the continually variable units in the previous generation. The new Pathfinder also sports a different design direction, making it look more rugged than the outgoing model.


Powering the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is still a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, a carryover engine from the outgoing model. The new automatic transmission is the powertrain’s major change. While previous Pathfinders used the Nissan Xtronic CVT, the ’22 models will use a nine-speed automatic. From there, the power travels through either the front wheels in front-wheel-drive models or an intelligent four-wheel-drive system on all-wheel-drive variants.

Nissan also toughened up Pathfinder’s styling some. The 2022 Pathfinder looks more sophisticated and rugged than the outgoing model. The V-Motion grille looks more aggressive than the previous models and is flanked by standard LED headlights. Nissan also opted for a floating roof, a nice touch that keeps it familiar to its stablemates.

Inside Nissan is doubling down on tech. In front of the driver is an available 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.8-inch head-up display is also available. There’s also an available 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen if you want to load up your new Pathfinder. As for standard equipment, the dash shrinks to a reasonable 7.0-inches and the standard infotainment screen drops an inch to 8.0-inches. Both infotainment systems run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for no extra cost. You can opt for wireless CarPlay if you’re prone to losing cables, but that is an extra-cost option. Other optional consumer tech features also include a 13-speaker Bose sound system, NissanConnect with a WiFi hotspot and a wireless charging pad.

Consumer tech might make life more exciting, but safety tech is more important. For 2022, Nissan includes its Nissan Safety Shield 260 suite of safety features. That means you’re getting automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot warning system, a rear cross-traffic alert system, high beam assist and rear automatic braking, all standard. There are other features like a traffic sign recognition system and a blind spot intervention system that you can tack on for an extra cost. The Nissan ProPilot Assist driver assistant is also available on the SL- and S-badged Pathfinder SUVs for the first time.

There’s no word on price, but you can expect that closer to the summer 2021 arrival date. We don’t expect a huge price bump over the outgoing model, and wouldn’t be surprised to see the new Pathfinder start right around today’s $33,075 starting price.