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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander

If you’re in the market for a large SUV that’s loaded with features and options, take a look at the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Both of these large SUVs have plenty to like, such as cutting-edge technology, upscale style and powerful performance, but there are a few differences to consider when choosing the right one for your needs.

Drivers in Cranston, Pawtucket and East Providence can find out the key differences between these two vehicles with our 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison.


The Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 284-horsepower V-6 engine for a comfortable, quiet ride. It mates to a smooth continuously variable transmission that makes proper use of its power, providing drivers with lively acceleration for passing and merging.

The Toyota Highlander comes with a 185-horsepower inline-four that shuttles power through a six-speed automatic transmission. Like the Nissan Pathfinder, the Toyota Highlander is geared toward comfort for its passengers, though it still has the necessary power for daily driving.


The Nissan Pathfinder has a clean, traditional look with masculine touches over the outgoing model. Squared edges and chrome accents elevate its appearance and provide a balanced profile, though several car-like design cues keep it in line with the rest of the Nissan lineup. This look continues inside as well, favoring functionality and cohesiveness for a cabin that’s attractive, but incredibly practical.

The Toyota Highlander prefers sharp edges over tradition. Its shapely sculpting, protruding edges and abundance of chrome are distinctive, though it balances the look with dark, elegant palettes and overall proportion. Inside, the design is toned down and conservative. A straightforward dash layout and a two-tier look help the technology stand out, while plenty of upscale accents provide an elegant appearance.

Comfort and Space

The Nissan Pathfinder has three rows of heavily-bolstered, supportive seating for all-day comfort. Adults can enjoy ample head- and legroom in all three rows, as well as seating that slide fore and aft for more versatility and convenience. There are also several small storage areas throughout the cabin, as well as a total of 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the flat, wide cargo bay.

The Toyota Highlander also offers supportive seating and sliding second-row seats. There’s plenty of passenger space as well, ensuring that everyone will be comfortable for long rides. The third row is a little tight for tall passengers, however. Like the Nissan Pathfinder, the Toyota Highlander has small storage areas for passengers and offers 83 cubic feet of cargo space.

Test Drive the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder at Stateline Nissan

These two large SUVs share many similarities, which can make it difficult to decide between them. We hope that our 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison helps you determine the right vehicle for you, based on the available space, performance and styling differences.

Drivers in Cranston, Pawtucket and East Providence can learn more about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder by visiting Stateline Nissan. Call or stop by our dealership today to schedule your test drive!