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Vehicle Comparisons:
2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Nissan Pathfinder (c)When purchasing a midsize SUV, you’re probably expecting that everything is going to be a little bit bigger. You’ll have more space, more muscle, and even more safety. However, that is not always the case.

In this comparison, our team at Nissan 24 will be examining both the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2017 Toyota Highlander to determine which can offer our Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area customers more amenities.

Nissan Pathfinder Buyer’s Guide




Safety: The Top Priority

When it comes to vehicle construction, occupant protection is of the utmost importance. In an effort to uphold this priority, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been designed with dynamic Zone body construction.

The Zone design starts with crumple zones in the front and rear, which can absorb and deflect impacts. Then, hood-buckling creases and an energy-absorbing steering column are added. Lastly, pipe-style steel side-door guard beams are installed to complete the package. With these fortifications, the Pathfinder is able to withstand high impacts.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander also includes front and rear crumple zones and side-door beams. However, it lacks the other fortifications present in the competition, weakening its overall endurance.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander: Performance

A bigger vehicle should include a bigger engine. Unfortunately, the Highlander does not seem to agree with this notion. Its 2.7L four-cylinder engine is only capable of generating a meager 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The Pathfinder, on the other hand, is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces a whopping 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. To improve efficiency, it also includes an Xtronic continuously variable transmission, which puts the competitor’s garden-variety six-speed automatic to shame.

Towing Capabilities

Thanks to its highly powerful engine, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds of cargo. Not only that, but it can do so safely with its additional handling technologies, including vehicle dynamics control and the available hill descent control.

To ensure total control, the Pathfinder also comes with an available 4×4-I intuitive four-wheel drive. This system adds far more control than the front-wheel drive system found in the Highlander, which greatly contributes to its lower towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. 

Nissan Pathfinder Interior vs. Toyota Highlander Interior

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Interior (c)If 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 157.8 cubic feet of passenger space, as well as 16 cubic feet of cargo space.

For higher utility, the cargo area in the Pathfinder includes eight 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-the-floor storage compartment.

Only 144.9 cubic feet of space is available in the Highlander, meaning that passengers may sometimes end up feeling cramped. Cargo space is also reduced to 13.8 cubic feet, and the extra storage compartment has been omitted completely.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander Review

When drivers in the Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area begin looking for their next SUV, they need something that can offer them a ton of power, safety, and interior comfort. In these categories, the 2017 Toyota Highlander simply cannot compete with the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

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!