Took my 2013 Pathy to get an oil change and while I was in service I figured I'd walk over to sales and test drive the 2022 Pathfinder.
It drove well. Floored it to 5-6000 rpm and it drives more like the Bimmer than the old Pathy. Pick up seems quicker than previous generation and feels sporty although it is a heavy car so acceleration is perhaps slightly better than the CVT transmission.
loved feeling of Pro-Pilot (although it requires too many buttons to activate). I kept getting lost what needs to be pressed when. It isn’t like Tesla auto pilot and will just turn off on you unexpectedly if you go through shade or into a tunnel or under a bridge or it loses the line markers. It just abruptly turns off the steering assist and if you’re not quick enough to react you’re hitting something. Wish it were looking further ahead and phased you in when it was going to give up control instead of just abruptly turning off steering control and letting all go. On some turns I didn’t think the pro-pilot was going to make it but it did. I liked pro-pilot but it feels like it needs work.
HATED the new look (too boxy for me) and just doesn’t look sleek and sporty. Looks like a rugged SUV that needs to be driven through a forest. Not something I’m going to do ever.
HATED the shifter (overly complicated)
do we need paddle shifters on an SUV (this isn’t a sports car)? Even on my Bimmer I can’t remember the last time I used the “manual” shifting option.
Somehow feels more cramped and smaller inside than my 2013 Pathy
I don’t particularly like the steering wheel. The one on my 2013 Pathy feels more luxurious as opposed to the Jeep-style wheel on the pathfinder. I like thicker steering wheels because they give a more luxurious feel instead of the 2022 pathfinder’s thin steering wheel. I feel there are way too many buttons on the steering wheel.
I didn’t like the entertainment system. It feel like it is out of place and just sticking through the dashboard. Would have been better if it retracted into the dashboard. I like how the radio, screen and a/c are laid out on the previous version of the pathfinder feels more ingrained and not out of place