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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander

Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota HighlanderWhen purchasing a midsize SUV, there are several things you’ve come to expect, such as a spacious cabin, extra muscle, and unprecedented safety. While most midsize SUVs do offer these amenities, not every midsize SUV is created equal.

This brings us to our Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander comparison. Which versatile vehicle will check all your boxes and become the ideal companion for those Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area roads? Continue reading Nissan 24’s review to find out!

Pathfinder & Highlander Safety: The Top Priority

Nissan Pathfinder Blue When it comes to vehicle construction, occupant protection is of the utmost importance. To uphold this priority, the new Nissan Pathfinder has been equipped with a suite of standard safety features.

One of these important features is Nissan’s Rear Sonar System. This parking aid alerts drivers of objects near the rear bumper, both through a sound alert and a flashing image, which will pick up in speed as the object becomes closer to the vehicle. Anytime the ignition switch is on and the Pathfinder is in reverse, the Rear Sonar System is engaged and ready to help.

Toyota does have its own similar system, too, known as Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking. However, to experience it, drivers will need to upgrade to the next trim level.

Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander: Performance

Both the Pathfinder and the Highlander come equipped with a standard 3.5L V6 engine and their own variable valve timing control systems.

Although these engines are the same size, only one of them provides more towing strength. Can you guess which one? It’s the Nissan! With the 3.5L engine, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds of cargo when properly equipped.1 That’s much more than the Highlander’s maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Moreover, the Pathfinder gets the job done safely with its additional handling technology, including Vehicle Dynamic Control and the available hill descent control. The Toyota Highlander does come standard with Trailer-Sway Control, but you’ll still be towing much less than you would with the Pathfinder.

Nissan Pathfinder Interior vs Toyota Highlander Interior

Nissan Pathfinder InteriorIf you intend to use your SUV for long road trips, ample interior space is going to be an important quality. The Pathfinder has a total of 154 cubic feet of passenger space, as well as 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row is upright.

For higher utility, the cargo area in the Pathfinder includes eight cargo net tie-downs. Using these, you can keep all your luggage safe and secure. If you need to hide anything away, you can do so in the under-floor storage compartment.

Only 141.3 cubic feet of space is available in the Highlander, meaning that passengers may sometimes end up feeling cramped. Cargo space is also reduced to 16 cubic feet with all seats upright. While that’s only a slight downgrade, the extra storage compartment is nonexistent.

Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander Review

Drivers in Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton: Are you ready to rule the roads in your new midsize SUV? Now that you’ve seen how the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander stack up, it’s time to choose your favorite. Going by the above categories, the Toyota Highlander simply cannot compete.

If you’d like to learn more about the Pathfinder, contact our team at Nissan 24 today. We’d love to help you get behind the wheel!




1 Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped. Towing capability varies by trim level and configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.