When it comes to the new Nissan Pathfinder interior, they didn’t mess around. They took a look at what was already a great car and made it even better. The new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior is sleeker, sportier and impressive, it’s sure to impress.
If you’re in the market for a new SUV, the Pathfinder is definitely worth considering. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from the inside of this vehicle.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior is one of the best in this market segment. It provides many standard features which are only optional in some competitors’ cars and combined with the very low noise levels in this vehicle; the result is comfort commonly only available in more expensive cars.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is class-leading in several areas. While it provides exceptional comfort levels and comes equipped with many high-end accessories, it hasn’t forgotten its roots and still can traverse medium off-road tracks.
A Review of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
First launched in 1987, the Nissan Pathfinder has soldiered on for 35 years, and such is the model’s success; it will continue to be manufactured for a few more years yet.
When it was first launched all those years ago, it was positioned as a compact SUV. It was built off a Nissan Hardbody Pickup which adorned it with a formidable reputation, able to handle some severe off-road conditions.
With time the Nissan Pathfinder has moved on, and it is no longer a poor cousin of a Hardbody truck; instead, it is built on its chassis and has its own very particular brand appeal.
Over the years, the Nissan Pathfinder has added a third row of seats and two extra doors. The Nissan Pathfinders are now firmly aimed at families looking for a mid-sized SUV, which offers all the luxuries and comforts expected of a vehicle at this price point while still handling all but the most extreme off-road conditions.
It aims at two main target markets:
- Other similarly sized SUVs (Hyundai Palisade, the Kia Telluride, Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer, and the Toyota Highlander).
- Minivans (Chrysler Aspen, Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna, and the Kia Sedona.) It can comfortably carry eight people (depending on the layout you choose) pull a camper trailer or boat while also remaining capable of a touch of off-roading.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinders Engine and Gearbox
Nissan has carried the same engine over from the previous generation. This 284-hp 3.5-liter V-6 is not designed to out-accelerate boy racers in their hot hatches, but it doesn’t do a lousy job of keeping things moving.
The two-wheel-drive version will get the car from 0- 60mph in 6.7 seconds, while the optional four-wheel drive model improves this by 0.1 seconds to achieve 0- 60mph in 6.6 seconds.
In 2022 Nissan has, thankfully, done away with the CVT transmission and replaced it with a new nine-speed automatic, which provides seamless changes of the cogs.
The handling is safe if somewhat uninspiring, but the Pathfinder’s ride is acceptably smooth, and the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) score is up (actually down!) there with the best.
The cabin is superbly quiet when traveling at highway speeds.
If you opt for the SV edition, which is recommended, exposing the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder to off-road conditions will seem almost a shame.
However, whether you are traveling along a farm track with a high ridge or hump between the wheel-ruts or traversing more challenging conditions, you will feel secure that, for most situations, the Nissan Pathfinder has the ride height to cope.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior Is Where It Shines
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior starts to show the competition its competitive edge. As mentioned above, Nissan has paid particular attention to the NVH score of the vehicle and has meticulously installed noise deadening materials where they are needed the most.
The result is a surprisingly quiet and restful ride. It won’t raise your blood pressure or get the adrenaline flowing, but that’s not what its purpose is.
The interior has been reworked for the 2022 model year. The older dated interior has been discarded for an efficient interior like that you would expect to find in a truck.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior continues to have three-row seating, which provides room for up to eight occupants.
If your needs are not quite so utilitarian, you can now tick the box to remove the middle seat bench, and replace these with two, very comfortable captain’s chairs. The more luxurious arrangement reduces the seating capacity to seven passengers but results in a more upmarket feel to the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior.
One of the delights of the 2022 model of the Nissan Pathfinder interior is the inclusion of additional, substantial storage space.
In addition to the regular door storage compartments, you can now store your possessions in a large bin below the center console, in a more concealed compartment under the shifter and Second-Row Centre Console.
Most surfaces are soft fitted with soft-touch materials; this extends to the steering wheel and shifter. The steering wheel is cleverly molded and comfortable to hold.
A Sunroof (Moonroof In Nissans Parlance) Brightens The Interior
The SV edition comes equipped with a standard powered panoramic sunroof that stretches over the first two rows, and it still benefits the third-row occupants.
If the sun is too bright, a simple switch powers a shade over the glass, and hey presto! You have shade.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder’s Air Conditioner Is Very Effective
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior comes standard with a three-zone air conditioner that provides individualized temperature control for each front seat and the second and third rows combined.
I can’t help but think that if only Nissan had plumped for additional control for the third row, it would have made for happier children in the two rear rows.
The 2022 Infotainment System Is Very Comprehensive
Included as standard on all models of the Nissan Pathfinder interior are both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SV model accesses the system wirelessly, so there is no fumbling and eyes off the road when you are plugging in.
The S models come standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is increased to a 9.0-inch unit in the SV.
The options which can be selected as extras make the infotainment system a paradigm shift in capability and sound quality. They include:
- 12.3-inch digital gauge display.
- A Wi-Fi hotspot.
- A wireless smartphone charging pad (standard on some competitor vehicles).
- SiriusXM satellite radio.
- A head-up display.
- An in-dash navigation system (With access to Google Maps and other software through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there is little point ticking this box).
- A 13-speaker Bose system.
Other Comfort Features Of The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Include
The following features are all standard in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior.
- Remote Start for those freezing mornings when you want the vehicle to warm itself and the inside up before you venture into the cold.
- Climate-Controlled Front Seats can be warmed or cooled depending on the weather conditions.
- Heated Middle Row Seats are surprisingly effective at warming the occupant’s derriere. You all know the saying, “a derriere which is warm makes a happy passenger.” No? well, it is a true statement!
- Rain Sensing wipers clear the windscreen of water before you can think of doing it.
- A Power Liftgate is optional and replaces the standard manual unit.
The Ergonomics In The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
The two front seats of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior are very comfortable and large enough for taller than average adults.
The same applies to the second-row seating, which can be selected as a single bench or two captains’ chairs. Both are large and expansive enough for bigger passengers.
The third row is designed around small children. Growing teenagers or adults will battle to spend long periods in this row.
Depending on whether you select the captains’ chairs or the bench for the middle row, there are three or four complete sets of LATCH connectors to attach child safety chairs to.
In terms of storage in the back of the vehicle, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder interior has 16.6 cubic feet behind its third-row seats, 45 cubic feet with those seats folded, and 80.5 cubic feet if all the rear seats are folded.
Our Verdict on the Nissan Pathfinder Interior
We anticipate that the Nissan Pathfinder interior will be around for as long as the market segment it serves continues to exist.
Its interior is class-leading offers exceptional space comfortably and elegantly. When buying a medium-sized SUV, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder should be on your shortlist.