Nissan’s newest SUV, the 2022 Pathfinder, launches with up to $ 2,000 in rebate, lease, and 0% financing in parts of the country. However, a closer look reveals that there are some drawbacks to be aware of.
According to dealer incentive bulletins, the redesigned Pathfinder arrives with a lease incentive of up to $ 2,000 here in California. In Los Angeles, the all-wheel-drive Pathfinder S is listed at $ 319 for 36 months with $ 2,659 due at signing.
With an effective cost of $ 393 / month, we consider this to be a surprisingly good deal considering the SUV’s MSRP of $ 37,105 with destination. That’s significantly cheaper than a Toyota Highlander L (MSRP of $ 36,597), which has an effective cost of $ 436.
Unfortunately, not all buyers will be eligible for the $ 2,000 rebate as offers vary by region. In Chicago, we only see an incentive of $ 1,000. Current deals in places like Atlanta, New York, and Orlando do not have any such deals.
That said, the NMAC offers 0% funding in most parts of the country, but only for a maximum of 36 months. There is also a 60 month option at 0.9%. It’s also worth noting that promotional funding can earn you $ 500 in special APR cash.
Right now, it appears Pathfinder’s incentives heavily favor buying over leasing outside of California. In contrast, the 2020 Pathfinders are offering up to $ 5,000 in cash incentives for national dealerships that rank among the brand’s biggest discounts.
We think a $ 2,000 rebate could make the Pathfinder very attractive at this early stage. While offers may improve in the coming months, Nissan’s incentives have been fairly conservative amid a continuing shortage of inventory and can be difficult to predict.
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Editor’s Note: There is no Pathfinder for the 2021 model year since Nissan decided to ignore it altogether. The 2022 Pathfinder is on sale and is starting to arrive at dealerships.