Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Can’t decide between the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Toyota Highlander? You’ve come to the right place! In this comparison, we at Courtesy Nissan will show drivers in Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano how these two impressive full-size SUVs stack up against each other.

Read on to see how they compare when it comes to performance, interior, and safety!

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Engine Performance

Nissan Pathfinder Performance

Leading the way in the 2020 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 259 lb-ft of torque while also achieving an efficient EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway 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. When properly equipped, this model can move up to 6,000 pounds of trailer weight—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 achieves just an EPA-estimated 22 combined MPG.

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Interior Dimensions

As a full-size SUV, the 2020 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 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats to take advantage of. For the most cargo space, fold all five rear seats down, and you’ll have a whopping 78.9 total cubic feet of cargo space.

Unfortunately, you won’t have nearly as much space to work with in the Highlander—unless you sacrifice some seats. To get the same amount of space as the Pathfinder with all seven seats upright, you’ll need to fold down the whole third row.

Pathfinder vs Highlander: Smart Safety Features

Nissan Pathfinder Safety

Performance and space are important, but safety is a top priority. It was with this fact in mind that the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Toyota Highlander were designed with a wide array of available advanced safety features, including:

  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Standard Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
  • Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Both models also offer intuitive 360-degree camera systems that work hard to maximize your visibility. Right on the infotainment touch-screens, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings for confident parking, backing out of the driveway, and more.

There are a few additional features in the Pathfinder that you won’t find with the Highlander, though. With this model, you can also opt for a Nissan Advanced Drive-AssistÒ Display that’s located right behind the steering wheel. Here, you’ll find vital updates about your vehicle, navigation information, and more delivered right to your line of sight.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2020 Toyota Highlander: Which One?

As you can see, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder goes above and beyond in ways that the 2020 Toyota Highlander simply can’t. Now that you’ve seen what the 2020 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 2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG/27 Highway MPG/23 Combined MPG for PathfinderÒ 2WD. 19 City MPG/26 Highway MPG/22 Combined MPG for Pathfinder 4WD. 2020 EPA estimates not available at time of publication. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.