Compare 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Nissan Pathfinder
2017 Toyota Highlander
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4x4 Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 4x4 Platinum 19 26 $40,658 $43,760
Pathfinder 4x4 S 19 26 $29,726 $31,980
Pathfinder 4x4 SL 19 26 $35,118 $37,790
Pathfinder 4x4 SV 19 26 $32,223 $34,670
Pathfinder FWD Platinum 20 27 $39,089 $42,070
Pathfinder FWD S 20 27 $28,158 $30,290
Pathfinder FWD SL 20 27 $33,550 $36,100
Pathfinder FWD SV 20 27 $30,654 $32,980
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Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $33,114 $36,270
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $43,715 $47,880
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $40,866 $44,760
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $37,735 $41,330
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $27,965 $30,630
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $33,343 $36,520
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $32,010 $35,060
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $31,170 $34,140
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $29,837 $32,680
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $42,236 $46,260
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $40,903 $44,800
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $39,387 $43,140
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $38,054 $41,680
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,571 $41,150
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,237 $39,690
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $36,503 $39,980
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $35,169 $38,520

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars

A three-row crossover has to be able to carry your family and all your stuff efficiently without breaking your budget. With that in mind, we are here today to help you pick between two large crossovers that make family duty their first mission: the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander.

Both the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander offer V-6 engines and three rows of seats. However, there are quite a few differences. Let's compare them to help determine which you should choose to serve your family best.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$40,658
$33,114
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$43,760
$36,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$729 / month
$605 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing. The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
120 144.9
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 57.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
60.7 59.3
Third Leg Room (in)
30.7 26.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.9
Passenger Capacity
7 8
Third Hip Room (in)
42 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
60.4 59
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 44.2
Third Head Room (in)
36.5 35.9
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 55
Second Leg Room (in)
41.7 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 40.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.7 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
114.2 109.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.2 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
65.7 64.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7 8
Length, Overall (in)
198.5 192.5
Height, Overall (in)
69.6 68.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
45.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
79.8 83.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
78.9 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16 13.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
19.8 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
31.4 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.8 42.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
51.1 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 17.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 38.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR20 P245/60TR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR20 P245/60TR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
6000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4660 4825
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
259 @ 4800 215 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
284 @ 6400 306 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 30
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.54
Trans Type
1 1
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.31 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 - 0.38 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Pathfinder Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.4 6.0
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
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