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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander

In comparing the Nissan Pathfinder to the Toyota Highlander, the Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. The Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Pathfinder versus the Toyota Highlander, the Nissan Pathfinder is a better car than the Toyota Highlander.

Nissan Pathfinder versus Toyota Highlander Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Pathfinder ranges from $25,498 to $37,575 while a used Toyota Highlander from the same model year range is priced between $34,702 to $48,996. For a new model, the Nissan Pathfinder's price is between $34,834 and $50,826, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $38,193 and $51,672.

Nissan Pathfinder versus Toyota Highlander Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Pathfinder is 8.4 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Pathfinder being ranked 6 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 25. Out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows, the Nissan Pathfinder is ranked 31 and the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2. The Nissan Pathfinder is also ranked 9 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 1 out of 61.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan Pathfinder’s base engine makes 284 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 295 horsepower. Both the Pathfinder and the Highlander are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 500 and 501 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage of offering higher towing capacity, while the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity.

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2023 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Toyota Highlander

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,834 - $50,826

Used Asking Price:

$25,498 - $37,575

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

53%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,193 - $51,672

Used Asking Price:

$34,702 - $48,996

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.3 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 25
6 / 31
6 / 25
7 / 61
8 / 61
8 / 31
8 / 25
8 / 25
9 / 61
10 / 31
14 / 31
44 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
1 / 61
1 / 31
1 / 25
1 / 25
2 / 61
2 / 31
3 / 25
5 / 25
7 / 31
9 / 31
41 / 61

Summary Review

The three-row Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2022 model year. The new model features a more boxy facade, additional standard safety features, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and a more premium interior that can now seat up to eight passengers. This much-needed makeover of the aging Pathfinder, after nearly a decade, will better position the midsize SUV in this competitive segment.

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • “Right-sized” for this three-row segment (not huge, but certainly not small) 
  • Selectable modes to optimize optional AWD system
  • Impressive suite of standard safety features
  • Intuitive touchscreen infotainment system

  • No green (hybrid/electric) version available
  • Handling can be lackluster

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Rock Creek, S, SL, SV, Platinum

Trim Levels

Limited, XSE, Platinum, XLE, L, LE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

259 foot-lbs @ 4800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

3500 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

295 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque:

263 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.071 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

370 / 500 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 501 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

42.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

60.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

59.6 inches

Cargo Space:

16.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

80.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

164.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4317 lbs

Width:

77.9 inches

Height:

70.9 inches

Length:

197.7 inches

Wheelbase:

114.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4145 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

255/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18