2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander
Can’t decide between the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander? You’ve come to the right place! In this comparison, we at Courtesy Nissan will show shoppers in Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano how these two impressive full-size SUVs stack up against each other.
Read ahead to see how they compare when it comes to performance, interior, and safety!
Pathfinder vs Highlander: Engine Performance
Leading the way in the Nissan Pathfinder is a high-powered 3.5L V6 engine that offers the perfect mix of power and efficiency. Working alongside a standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), this engine produces a whopping standard 284 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while also achieving an efficient EPA-estimated 27 highway/20 city MPG.1
On top of providing great fuel economy, the Pathfinder also offers quite a bit of capability with all the power it can manufacture. This model offers a best-in-class2 standard towing capacity of 6,000 pounds3, which is a whole ton more than what the highest trim level of the Highlander can handle.
Additionally, the Highlander falls behind a bit when it comes to efficiency. This model gets just an EPA-estimated 24 highway/20 city MPG.
Pathfinder vs Highlander: Interior Dimensions
As a full-size SUV, the 2018 Pathfinder sports some impressively spacious interior dimensions when it comes to both passengers and cargo. In the front two seats, you’ll have 42.2 inches of headroom, while the second row of seats sports a roomy 41.7 inches of legroom.
On top of that, you’ll have 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats to take advantage of. However, the Pathfinder makes things even more comfortable with a standard dual-zone automatic climate control system.
The 2018 Highlander, on the other hand, doesn’t offer as much space on either front. This model offers just 40.7 inches of front headroom, 38.4 inches of second-row legroom, and 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. You’ll also have to upgrade the climate system if you want more than just the manual climate control system.
Pathfinder vs Highlander: Safety Features
Performance and space are important, but safety is a top priority. It was with this in mind that the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander were designed with a wide array of advanced safety features available, including:
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking
- Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
- Blind Spot Warning
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- 360-degree camera
However, the Pathfinder beefs up for safety by also including a Nissan Advanced Air Bag System. This system includes a network of advanced sensors that keeps tabs on seat belt usage and occupant classification. Using this data, this system will customize the output of the dual-stage air bags to counteract the blow of a collision based on its severity.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander: Which One?
Now that you’ve seen what the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can do, it’s time to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself. Shoppers in Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano can schedule a test drive with us at Courtesy Nissan today by giving us a quick call!
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.
2 Comparison based on 2018 Pathfinder vs. 2018 Ford Explorer, 2017 Honda Pilot, and 2018 Toyota Highlander. Based on manufacturers’ websites. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information. 2018 Ford Explorer Base, 2017 Honda Pilot LX and 2018 Toyota Highlander LE are not part of the Wards’ Segmentation.
3 Ward’s Segmentation. 2018 Pathfinder vs. latest in-market Large Cross/Utility Vehicle class competitors. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information. Based on manufacturers’ websites.