Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder


Trying to decide between the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder? We at Ira Toyota of Tewksbury are here to help! In this comparison, we’ll show drivers near Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury how these two models compare and which one comes out on top for local shoppers. Let’s get started with design and space!

Highlander vs Pathfinder: Design & Space

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior

There’s quite a bit of difference in terms of design and space between the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. The Highlander offers eight spacious seats, while the Pathfinder only seats seven. See how the dimensions of these seats compare below:


2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

First-Row Headroom

39.6 inches

41.1 inches

First-Row Legroom

42 inches

42.2 inches

Second-Row Legroom

41 inches

41.7 inches

Third-Row Legroom

27.7 inches

19.8 inches

As you can see, the Pathfinder has slightly more room in the first and second rows of seats—but at the expense of the third row. With just over 19 inches of legroom in the third row of the Pathfinder, you’ll only be able to seat children there.

Additionally, the Highlander edges ahead of the Pathfinder when it comes to cargo space. With all six rear seats folded, the Highlander offers 84.3 total cubic feet of cargo space. The Pathfinder only provides 79.5 cubic feet with both rows folded flat.

Toyota Highlander Performance

Highlander vs Pathfinder: Performance

Under the hoods of both the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, you’ll find a seemingly identical 3.5L V6 engine. These engines work together with different transmissions, but they both achieve an impressive EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.*

When it comes to power and capability, the Highlander takes the lead with a bit more power. You’ll get 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque with the Highlander, which is a bit peppier than the Pathfinder’s 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque.

Another difference in performance between these two models is the drivetrain options. The Highlander offers a Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system that works to maximize responsiveness in all driving situations by expertly distributing power to the rear wheels. Unfortunately, the Pathfinder’s Intelligent 4×4 system isn’t quite as advanced.

Toyota Highlander Safety

Highlander vs Pathfinder: Technologies

When it comes to convenience and safety, the 2020 Highlander has you fully covered. With this vehicle, you’ll get a standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 safety suite that keeps you covered on all sides with:

  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist & Road Edge Detection
  • Pre-Collision System with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection
  • Road Sign Assist

With the Pathfinder, you’ll also get several advanced active safety features but none as advanced as the Highlander’s. Additionally, you’ll completely miss out on a few features, including Low-Light Pedestrian Detection and Road Sign Assist.

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder: The Verdict

While the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder offers a few great features, it’s clear that the 2020 Toyota Highlander is the superior SUV. With its spacious cabin, powerful performance, and state-of-the-art tech, we believe that the Highlander caters to all kinds of drivers and lifestyles near Lowell, Dracut, and Tewksbury.

But don’t just take our word for it! Get behind the wheel of the 2020 Toyota Highlander and see for yourself. Schedule a test drive today by getting in touch with our team!

* 2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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