2024 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2024 Toyota Highlander Review

Picture of the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder

2024 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $36,080 to $50,950
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Picture of the 2024 Toyota Highlander

2024 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $39,270 to $51,675
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MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 21 - 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 23 - 27 MPG 28 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 80.5 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine
  • 284-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 265-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 284 - 295 hp 265 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 6,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 197.7 - 198.8 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 77.9 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 38.7 in
Head Room Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Nissan Pathfinder, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Pathfinder will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Nissan Pathfinder as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Nissan Pathfinder will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Pathfinder is much wider than the Toyota Highlander, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Pathfinder takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Nissan Pathfinder for pulling heavy loads. The Nissan Pathfinder has a little more horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Nissan Pathfinder doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander. The Nissan Pathfinder has less cargo space than the Toyota Highlander, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.