It's been eight long model years since Nissan retooled its flagship large crossover. The segment has continued to grow and attract new entrants such as the Volkswagen Atlas, Subaru Ascent, Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. And Toyota, Ford and Chevrolet, which top the segment, have reloaded with redesigned models packed with the latest safety tech and connectivity.
Now, with a redesigned 2022 Pathfinder landing in showrooms, Nissan hopes to recover turf and reignite consumer interest in its three-row utility, which over the past several product cycles became overshadowed by newer and better rivals.
Nissan is counting on what is calls the Pathfinder's best-in-class third row for roominess, abundant safety tech, larger infotainment displays and wireless Apple CarPlay.
The Pathfinder was a chunky two-door, five-seat SUV when it debuted in 1987. Nissan touted its truck-based, go-anywhere capabilities with family-friendly features such as second-row seats that reclined.
Nissan has revived the blocky styling of the original on the 2022 model. The vehicle is equipped with a 284-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is hitched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will be available in front- and all-wheel drive. We've collected some early reviews from the automotive media.