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2022 Nissan Rogue vs. 2022 Nissan Pathfinder: What’s the Difference?

Nissan’s Rogue and Pathfinder have been popular choices among compact and midsize SUV buyers for years. But what makes the 2022 Nissan Rogue different from the 2022 Pathfinder?

Quick Facts

  • Rogue is the smaller of the two, a 5-seater; all-new in 2021
  • Pathfinder is a three-row, 8-seater; all-new this year
  • Neither is available as a hybrid

2022 Nissan Rogue

2022 Nissan Rogue Front Left in Red
The 2022 Nissan Rogue is now available, starting at $27,225.

Base Price: $27,225 / Find out more about the 2022 Nissan Rogue

What we like: Comfortable ride; family-friendly features; standard suite of safety systems.

What we would change: No hybrid version offered; power is merely adequate.

Overview: The Nissan Rogue was completely new for the 2021 model year. For 2022, it’s expected to carry forward its updates, including an all-new look, standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 safety tech, intelligent driver alertness monitoring, and a whole host of cabin technology upgrades, not to mention a refined and upgraded 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine.

Although a small number of “pilot program” Rogues were outfitted with 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engines, the standard engine in all Rogues is a 2.5-liter non-turbocharged 4-cylinder. Rated for 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, the refined 2.5-liter engine is 11 hp and 6 lb-ft stronger than in previous iterations. Still, its power lags behind the competition from Toyota and Honda, which also offer more efficient hybrid versions.

The Rogue’s rear doors open very wide, making it easy to get in and out — even with cargo or child seats — and the available rear-window shades are a nice option.

What’s new for 2022: Not much, if anything, is likely to be new for 2022, as the Rogue was all-new for 2021.

Features and Technology: The 2022 Nissan Rogue will likely be offered in four trims, just like the 2021 model: S, SV, SL, and the new Platinum model. You can add all-wheel drive to any model of Rogue for an extra $1,400. Other features, like which version of the navigation or audio systems are available, vary by trim level but include up to 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 19-inch wheels, a hands-free power liftgate, in-car Wi-Fi, a 9-inch touchscreen center display with navigation, wireless phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, Bose audio, head-up display, and more.

Prices range from $27,275 (including $1,175 in destination fees) for the 2021 Nissan Rogue S up to $36,605 for the top-of-the-line 2021 Nissan Rogue Platinum. We expect 2022 pricing to fall close to 2021’s.

What does the future hold: Having just come off a full redesign for the 2021 model year, the future for the Nissan Rogue is bright–it should continue with only minor updates for several more model years before a more significant refresh to update technology and styling.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Driving in Scarlet Ember
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is is now available, starting at $34,585.

Base Price: $34,585 / Read our 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Review

What we like: More rugged hardware enables actual pathfinding; best-in-class towing; new look.

What we would change: No ProPilot 2.0 offered; no hybrid offered, either (yet?).

Overview: The Nissan Pathfinder was one of the first small, scrappy SUVs to win America’s hearts, starting way back in 1986. The formula for the original Pathfinder struck gold. Still, as it matured, the Pathfinder slowly grew away from its pathfinding roots and more into its duties as a smooth-riding midsize family SUV. The new 2022 Pathfinder aims to bridge some of the gaps back to its roots, increasing its off-road credibility while keeping its emphasis on passenger comfort, entertainment, and technology.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard in all 2022 Pathfinders, rated at 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, and paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard equipment, and buyers can opt for Nissan’s new Intelligent 4WD system with 7 modes, including snow, sand, mud/rut, and towing modes. Fuel economy is fair at 23 mpg combined for FWD models and 4WD models alike. Seating for up to 8 passengers is standard, or optional second-row captain’s chairs can be fitted, complete with a removable center console.

What’s new for 2022: Literally everything–the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is new from the ground up. Among the highlights: A more rugged look; a 9-speed automatic in place of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT); optional 2nd-row captain’s chairs; 2-tone paint.

Features and Technology: With four trim levels on offer (S, SV, SL, and Platinum), the 2022 Pathfinder offers plenty of equipment even in base spec. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all versions, as is a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Step up to the SV, and you’ll add ProPilot Assist (though unfortunately not ProPilot 2.0), as well as heated front seats and an available premium package for an extra charge. The Pathfinder SL adds Navi-link to the ProPilot Assist along with a 360-degree around-view monitor and wireless Apple CarPlay. An optional premium package is also available for the SL. The Pathfinder Platinum tops the range with a luxury-tier treatment, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a 10.8-inch head-up display (HUD), and wireless phone charging.

The new 7-mode terrain selector is the interface to the 2022 Pathfinder’s upgraded off-road underpinnings, including strut front and multi-link rear suspension with dual flow path shocks front and rear and a solid front/hollow rear stabilizer bar setup. It’s not all about off-roading. With up to 6,000-lb towing capacity, it can tow about 1,000 lb more than typical competitors. Cargo space is also considerable, with 16.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 45.0 cubic feet behind the second row, and 80.5 cubic feet with both rear rows folded flat.

What does the future hold: Another of Nissan’s completely redesigned vehicles, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is off to a fresh start and shouldn’t see any major updates for several years at least. When it finally is time for a refresh — sometime after 2025, probably — expect to see technology updates and minor changes to the look.

Rogue vs. Pathfinder: Strengths Comparison

Rogue benefits: The Rogue is smaller, more efficient, and considerably more affordable.

Pathfinder benefits: The Pathfinder is larger, more capable off-road, has good towing capacity, and comes standard with a powerful V6 engine.

2022 Nissan Rogue vs. 2022 Nissan Pathfinder: What’s the Difference?

2022 Nissan Rogue vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder Interior
Top: The 2022 Nissan Rogue front row and dash.
Bottom: The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder front row and dash.

The Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder aren’t meant to compete with each other — they’re on the same team, after all. Instead, they complement each other, offering the same Nissan take on family-friendly, good-looking, modern crossover SUVs, just in different sizes — and with a few different capabilities.

It really all comes down to you and what you need. If you regularly need seating for more than 5 or lots of cargo space, the Pathfinder is the easy pick between the two. However, if you are mostly driving with fewer than 5 people, or even primarily driving alone, the Rogue is much more efficient.

2022 Nissan Rogue 2022 Nissan Pathfinder
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter I4 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 181 hp @ 6,000 rpm 284 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 181 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 259 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission CVT 9-spd automatic
Fuel Economy 30 mpg (27 city/35 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city/26 hwy)
Also Available AWD AWD
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety n/a n/a
Max Seating Capacity 5 8
Wheelbase 106.5 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 183.0 inches 197.7 inches
Width 72.4 inches 77.9 inches
Height 66.9 inches 70.9 inches
Turning Diameter 35.4 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 41.1 inches 42.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.2 inches 39.6 inches
Legroom, Front 43.3 inches 44.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 36.8 inches 35.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.1 inches 60.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.9 inches 59.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.4 cubic feet 148.0 cubic feet
EPA Cargo Volume 36.5/74.1 cubic feet 16.6/45.0/80.5 cubic feet

Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson
Nelson Ireson is an automotive writer and enthusiast whose 15-plus years of experience have seen him travel the globe, driving as many new cars as possible. His work has appeared throughout the print and online automotive world, including Car and Driver, Autoblog, and Motor Authority, among others. He writes for Autotrader from Long Beach, California.

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