2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander

On the hunt for an SUV that can handle both the work week and the weekend? SUV shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster don't have to look much further with the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander now on the market.

Below, you'll learn more about how these two impressive vehicles stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior, and safety. Let's get started!

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Performance Specifications

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is powered by a high-performance 3.5L V6 engine which specializes in both power and efficiency. This engine, when combined with the standard front-wheel drivetrain and Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), delivers an outstanding 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque as well as an EPA-estimated 27 highway/20 city MPG1.

You won't see nearly as much from the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Standardly equipped with a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine, this vehicle only generates 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, this vehicle gets only an EPA-estimated 24 highway/20 city MPG.

The Pathfinder's impressive standard power output has also allows it to achieve a best-in-class standard towing capacity2 of 6,000 pounds. This is still 1,000 more pounds than what the Highlander's available high-performing engine maxes out at.

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Interior Space & Comfort

As an SUV, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder takes interior space expectations and runs with them. This model offers 42.2 inches from front-row headroom as well as 41.7 spacious inches of second-row legroom. Additionally, you'll have 16 cubic feet of cargo room to pack all your things even when all seats are up.

The 2018 Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, doesn't have quite as much wiggle and packing room to offer. This model sports 40.7 inches of headroom for the front-row passengers and just 38.4 inches of legroom for the second-row passengers. On top of that, you'll only have 13.8 cubic feet of space to pack all your things in.

The Highlander also only offers a standard manual climate control system in several of its base trim levels while the Pathfinder offers a standard dual-zone front automatic climate control system in each of its trim levels.

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Impressive Safety Features

Both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander were designed with the safety of you and your loved ones in mind. That's why both model include and offer a variety of impressive safety features starting with standard Automatic Emergency Braking and Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.

Both vehicles also offer advanced active safety features like Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and 360-degree camera view. The latter feature takes the rearview camera and stretches it around the vehicle, so you can see everything that's going on around you right on the infotainment screen.

One feature you'll miss out on in the Highlander is the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System. This system uses sensors to monitor seat belt usage and occupant classification to customize the dual-stage air bag inflation to match the occupant size and crash severity.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander: Which One?

As you can see, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder takes the cake in every category. This isn't all this impressive vehicle has to offer. SUV shoppers in Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster should give us a call at Fred Beans Nissan today to schedule a test drive. Come explore all the other incredible features waiting for you in the Pathfinder!


1 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 27 highway (front-wheel drive) and 19 city / 26 highway (4-wheel drive). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.

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