How well can the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder hack it off road?
Full driving impressions are still forthcoming, but in the video below Roman gets his first chance to see how the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder really performs off-road. When this latest generation emerged, Nissan made bold claims about its ruggedness — and brought some changes that should back those claims up. At least, that should be the case on paper. Not least of which, Nissan dramatically updated the styling and fitted a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
Under the hood, you get a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine with 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. While the new Pathfinder clearance sports just 7.1 inches of ground clearance — mind you, that is slightly better than the old car — what really sets the more rugged version apart is the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires, Nismo lights and roof rack. Nissan also improved the breakover and departure angles from the past model when you do feel the need to take it off the beaten path.
Inside, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder also sees substantial updates. That includes a new infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as a new digital instrument cluster on the top-end model. Those features in themselves don’t help much when it comes to off-roading, but the available 360-degree surround camera system will help you avoid the tougher obstacles.
At the end of the day, though, does the four-wheel drive 2022 Nissan Pathfinder actually perform anything like its older ancestors? We can’t discuss our own impressions just yet, but you can check out the video below and see how it does for yourself: