Nissan Summer Camp: An Unforgettable Adventure

When most people think of summer camp, they think of spending time outdoors, hiking, swimming and enjoying the natural beauty of the wilderness. But for those lucky enough to attend Nissan Summer Camp at Saranac Lake Adirondacks NY, there's a whole new world of excitement awaiting.

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Route 87 to the Adirondacks for #NissanSummerCamp

That's because this camp is all about exploring the amazing power and versatility of the Nissan Pathfinder while driving through the woods on a nature trail, or taking on a challenging mountain, the Pathfinder was being put to the test.The two-day event was filled with fun, driving and lots of adventures like you would find at summer camp. And we were ready for the challenge!

black kids sitting in the truck of the Nissan pathfinder ready for lacrosse practice wearing crocs and allbirds
Patiently waiting to see what the Nissan Pathfinder can do

Nissan delivered the 2022 Pathfinder to my driveway so I could have some fun with it prior to heading to summer camp. I immediately threw my family in the car and we headed for some adventures of our own, like to the grocery store and to lacrosse practice. I needed to make sure it would hold up to daily life and it did not disappoint. There was plenty of trunk space for the shopping cart that was filled to the brim with groceries and the lacrosse equipment had its own space.

Black boy loading up the Nissan Pathfinder with food
Lots of trunk space for groceries and more

I was excited to head to the mountains of Saranac Lake as I had been putting off a trip to the Adirondacks for far too long, and finally, thanks to Nissan I was breaking away from a busy routine and heading for an adventure. The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is perfect for families who are always on the go. It has rugged capability, ultimate family versatility and it's loaded with connectivity options so you can stay in touch no matter where life takes your adventures!

Black girl overlooking the mountains next to the Nissan Pathfinder 2022
Enjoying the fresh air and Mountain View

The ride upstate was smooth and relaxing in the SUV. The advanced safety features made me feel confident on the winding roads, and the fuel economy kept me moving without breaking the bank.

As we reached the mountains, I could feel the excitement in the air. We were finally going to get out and explore! The Pathfinder's versatile seating system allowed us to configure the interior to our needs. The views were breathtaking as we drove along the lakes and peaks, and it was a reminder of the importance of stopping to smell the roses. The final destination was the Saranac Waterfront Lodge.

Black girl leaning on the Nissan pathfinder 2022 at Saranac Lake Adirondacks
Saranac Lake Hotel Front

Is the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder bigger?

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#NissanSummerCamp in Saranac Lake, NY Photo: Gustavo Campos Photography

The answer is yes, the new Pathfinder is both longer and wider than the outgoing model, and it rides on a wheelbase that's been stretched by nearly four inches. That means there's more room inside for passengers and their gear, and Nissan says the third row of seats is now large enough to accommodate adults. As before, the Pathfinder is available in either front- or all-wheel drive, but every model now comes standard with Nissan's ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system.

Is the Nissan Pathfinder good on gas?

We put the Nissan Pathfinder to the test on our two-day camping trip in the Saranac Lake Adirondacks. The Pathfinder was up for any challenge we threw its way, whether it was climbing mountains or driving through rivers. We were also pleasantly surprised by how good its gas mileage was – we didn't have to fill up once during our entire trip!

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#NissanSummerCamp in Saranac Lake, NY Photo: Gustavo Campos Photography

Nissan has also made a number of changes under the hood. The old V-six engine has been replaced by a new turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 284 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. That's a significant increase over the previous model, and it adds to better fuel economy.

Technology everyone will love

There’s a lot of technology on the new Pathfinder. I liked the big screens, the multiple USB ports (one for every passenger!) and even a household plug. 

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Multiple USB ports and household plug

The all-new Nissan Pathfinder is packed with an advanced suite of driver-assist features to help keep you safe on the road. standard ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous system can brake, accelerate and even steer for you in heavy traffic or on long road trips. If you're looking for a vehicle that can help take some of the stress out of driving, the Pathfinder is a great option.

In addition to ProPILOT Assist, the Pathfinder comes standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360. This suite of advanced safety and driver-assist features includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and more. With so many safety features, you can feel confident taking on whatever the road throws your way.

Additionally, at the push of the headset button on your NissanConnect display or in your
NissanConnect Services app, Nissan Concierge can provide you with live, 24-hour access to
an entire professionally-trained concierge team that's always on-hand to help you with a
broad range of things – from booking theater tickets to making dinner reservations. This service was a godsend to me as I pushed the limits while driving home and needed it to help me find a gas station that was open and a restroom. The concierge stayed on the phone with me and called ahead to a few places.

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Calling Nissan Assist

What does the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder cost?

With a starting price of $33,410, you can’t beat the affordability. 

The Nissan Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum.

The base S trim (4WD/2WD): $35,310/$33,410 comes standard with features Nissan’s standard suite of safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3.5-liter V6.

The SV trim (4WD/2WD): $38,100/$36,200 adds features like an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and fog-lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear privacy glass, ProPILOT driver assistance features, Nissan’s connectivity services, and WiFi hotspot.

The SL trim (4WD/2WD): $41,490/$39,590 comes standard with features like heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, second-row captain's chairs, surround-car monitor, and wireless Apple CarPlay.

The top-of-the-line Platinum trim (4WD/2WD): $48,090/$46,190 adds features like a motion-activated power lift-gate, 20-inch wheels, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning 10.8-inch head up display, and wireless charging pad.

Features not to be missed

  • Modern exterior design with aggressive styling and rugged, robust appearance
  • Versatile interior for everyday and weekend family adventures
  • 164.6 cubic feet total interior volume – 10.6 cubic feet more than previous model
  • Available panoramic moonroof with one-touch open/close controls (front)
  • Available motion-activated power liftgate with liftgate position memory
  • Ten available exterior colors, five available two-tone exterior paint schemes
  • Standard NissanConnect® featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ with available wireless Apple CarPlay® integration
  • Standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with Direct Injection Gasoline™ system
  • Standard 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Available NissanConnect® with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Available Bose® Premium Audio with 13 speakers
  • Intelligent 4WD models feature Drive + Terrain Mode Control (dial on console) with seven settings

What I loved about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

The all-new 2022 Pathfinder is for hard-working, adventurous parents who need an SUV with rugged capability, ultimate family versatility and the latest in connectivity. It was definitely designed with the family in mind. It will take on any challenge, yet still look stylish enough for you or the picky teenagers.
The makeover gives this vehicle an updated feel while also conveying its power.

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We drove to the highest peaks of Whiteface Mountain and this was the one quarter of the way

This SUV could accommodate everyone in my family plus 2 grandparents. There are tons of amenities and customization options to ensure that you're well-orted on any journey! With two front seats or seven (captain chairs) passengers in tow; drivers can enjoy how seamlessly integrated the instrument panel is with informative display screens – one less thing we needed worry about while driving the winding roads to Saranac Lake.

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Nissan Pathfinder Captain Chairs with Removable Center

The interior design speaks volumes too: ample space for comfortably transporting whoever's along as far away from home (or anywhere else) without feeling cramped thanks largely due its wide variety furnishings like captain chairs–perfect if there'd be room elsewhere. The ability to remove the center console to fit long cargo and width without having to shift it sideways.

Climbing in the backseat could not be easier with the ease of a button to move the seats forward. And the legroom in the third room has been expanded.

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A place for my purse

Lots of hidden storage options for your purse, shoes, or lacrosse balls.

Larger tires that can handle off-roading if needed. The 4WD (all-wheel drive) experience is enjoyable in any situation with the help of ‘Terrain' mode. One can choose between sand, mud or snow for more challenging terrain. It is responsive and provides nice power when needed!

The vehicle also offers 0 – 60 mph timing under 7 seconds which makes this car perfect if you want something fast yet efficient at lower speeds

About Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake is a small town located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. It's best known for its natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities. From hiking and biking trails to kayaking and fishing, there's something for everyone here.

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Protecting the boat
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The Adventurous Ones

With only hours to explore the area, I managed to fit in a lot of fun activities. My friend, Scherrie and I jumped in a boat with Steve from Nissan and took a ride on the lake. These two were a little more adventurous and jumped in but I decided that someone needed to “protect the boat”.

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Kayaking on the lake

The views were absolutely breathtaking and it was such a peaceful experience being surrounded by nature. We also went kayaking before jumping on the boat again to go fishing with some friends.

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Saranac Lake Waterfront Lodge

We called the Saranac Waterfront Lodge home and it is the perfect place to stay if you're looking for a relaxing and scenic stay. The lodge is located on a beautiful stretch of the Saranac river, and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The lodge is also just a short walk from the town of Saranac, which offers a variety of restaurants and shops.

If you're looking for a SUV that can meet the weekday and weekend needs of your family, the Nissan Pathfinder is perfect for you. With seating for seven, a variety of safety features and plenty of cargo space, the Pathfinder can take you and your family anywhere you want to go. This was the perfect vehicle to experience the Adirondacks. The vehicle's size made it easy to navigate through tight spots, while its styling kept me looking cool even when visibility was low. Plus, with features like heated seats and a sunroof, the Pathfinder makes any road trip feel luxurious. If you're ready to have the ultimate experience in the Nissan Pathfinder, check it out today.

Welcome to my home on the web... I’m Tomika, the thought leader behind Life in Pumps. I love all things fashion, fun & travel! I’m a wife and mother of two very active teenagers. I'm a social butterfly and passionate about advocating for breast cancer disparities and the benefits of organics. Follow along as I believe life is more fun when you actually live it!

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