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Vehicle Comparisons:
2015 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2015 Toyota 4runner

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In today’s busy world we’re beginning to see the SUV being used more as a family vehicle than an off-rode toy. So for the perfect combination of a vehicle that works hard and plays hard, there’s the crossover SUV.

Keeping up with consumer needs and decades of changes, Nissan and Toyota unveiled their crossover SUV models around the same time: the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota 4Runner.

Engine and Fuel Efficiency

When it comes to the engine, both models are evenly matched in terms of capacity. The Pathfinder sports a 3.5L naturally aspired V6 engine, while the 4runner has a 4.0L naturally aspired V6 engine. This gives both vehicles towing capability and a powerful engine to make a smooth ride. Two- and four-wheel drive and automatic shifting are available on both models as well, which makes both vehicles suitable for off-roading as well as poor road conditions.

When it comes to fuel efficiency: the Pathfinder definitely has an edge. It’s at least 13% more efficient than the 4Runner, which runs at 17 mpg for city and 22 mpg for highway.


When it comes to safety ratings, both vehicles are competitive. The Nissan Pathfinder has a slightly higher NHTSA overall safety and rollover ratings. Both vehicles rate high in front and side crash ratings.


The interior of both vehicles boasts a modern, sleek design. They both offer ample cargo storage space as well as power and privacy windows.

Each vehicle provides driver and front-row heated seats, while the Pathfinder also has heated second also row seats. The 4Runner offers whiplash safety in both rows of seating. The Pathfinder has leather interior, while the 4Runner has leatherette. The Pathfinder also offers reclining seats for the first and second rows.  The Toyota 4Runner seats five while the Pathfinder can seat up to seven with its third-row seating option. Both vehicles also come with AC in the front and back, but the Pathfinder’s AC has automatic climate control.

Technology and Sound System

The Pathfinder and 4Runner both offer Bluetooth plug-in phone capability and outlets in the front and back. They also both have phone controls on the steering wheel as well as cruise control. The 4Runner has a built-in navigation system with real-time traffic updates.

For the sound system, both vehicles come with satellite radio, MP3 capabilities, AM/FM radio and a CD player. The Toyota 4Runner has eight speakers, while the Pathfinder has six. The Pathfinder also offers speed-sensitive volume control on its stereo system.


The Pathfinder comes well equipped at an average price of $36,000, while the 4Runner comes well equipped with an average price of $38,000. The avergage SUV crossover costs about $37,000.

If you’re looking for a well-priced, fuel-efficient crossover that has room for additional passengers and comes with many additional features, come test drive the Nissan Pathfinder at Nissan 24 Auto at 1016 Belmont street in Brockton, MA.