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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
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Category Ranking: 21

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $48,090
Price as Tested: $51,395

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 18.5
EPA City mpg20
EPA Highway mpg25
EPA Combined mpg22

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

If you’re at all into cars, Pathfinder will be a familiar name. The midsize 3-row crossover debuted in 1990 and, after a year’s hiatus in 2021 and a full redesign, enters its eighth generation in 2022. The new Pathfinder’s sleeker exterior styling and more upscale cabin materials are a big plus. Just one drivetrain is available: a 3.5-liter V6 engine (284 hp) mated to a 9-speed automatic. Even the base S trim offers lots of desirable standard features, such as pushbutton start, LED headlights with auto high beams, 3-zone automatic climate control, and a host of advanced safety features. The Pathfinder’s roomy cabin is a pleasant place to spend time: It’s easy to get in and out of, has comfortable seating, good legroom front and rear, and good visibility all around. But third-row seating is cramped. The Pathfinder’s driving experience could use some improving, however: The steering feels disconnected and numb, and passengers will definitely notice drivetrain harshness and vibration, especially on rough roads. Fuel economy isn’t a positive, either: 22 mpg in combined driving.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Improved exterior andinterior design
  • Good interior cabin space,including headroom andlegroom
  • Good all-around visibility

Weak Points

  • Cabin vibration,especially over roughroads
  • Numb, disconnectedsteering
  • Poor fuel-economyratings

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 4700.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 197.7 / 77.9 / 70.7
Wheelbase (in): 114.2
Number of air bags: 11
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Hankook Dynapro HP2
Front and rear tire size: 255/50 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 6000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 9-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.5L V6 DOHC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 284 @ 6400

Test Data

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