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2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2018 Toyota Highlander side by side

The SUV market has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Families everywhere are ditching the once popular minivan and opting for vehicles with more capability and even more versatility. Models like the Nissan Pathfinder, in turn, are now being built with more family-friendly features than ever. These features optimize safety, comfort, and connectivity allowing for a completely new family transportation experience. We want to make sure you're shopping with the most useful information possible, so we put together this comparison of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs the 2018 Toyota Highlander.

We want to give you the most straight-forward and fair comparison possible, so for purposes of this comparison, we'll be looking specifically at the base trim level for both the Pathfinder and the Highlander. Both the Nissan Pathfinder S and the Toyota Highlander LE feature similar price points and have a similar range of features. Keep reading this page below for even more details on how these two SUVs stack up against each other.

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2018 Pathfinder


2018 Highlander

41.7 in. Rear Passenger Legroom 38.4 in.
Dual-Zone Automatic A/C Standard A/C Configuration Manual A/C
27 mpg EPA-Estimate Highway Fuel Economy 24 mpg
284 hp, 259 lb-ft Max Engine Output 185 hp, 184 lb-ft

Which midsize crossover is right for you and your family?

If you take a look at the chart above, you can see some noticeable differences between the entry-level 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Let's start by considering performance. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder features an entry-level V6 engine, while the Highlander features an entry-level 4-cylinder engine. Drivers must pay to upgrade to a V6 engine. Further, the 2018 Pathfinder's engine offers drivers 284 horsepower while the Highlander just offers 185 horsepower. What really seals the deal is the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder's 27 mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy compared to the Highlander's 24 mpg. That's better fuel economy along with more power! The winner is clear.

When drivers take interior comfort into consideration, the Pathfinder seems to come out ahead yet again. Both the Pathfinder and the Highlander offer three rows of seating. The 2018 Pathfinder offers 41.7 inches of rear passenger legroom while the 2018 Highlander offers 38.4 inches. This might not seem like a lot, but your kids going through their random growth spurts will definitely notice the difference. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder also features standard Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, allowing for all passengers to travel in ultimate comfort.

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is at Jack Ingram Nissan now! You can check it out today by scheduling a test drive online or requesting one in-person at the dealership.