SUVs provide you with the ultimate driving experience. With the easy handling of a smaller vehicle, the capability of a larger one, and ample space, there's many reasons why so many drivers turn to this body style year after year.

2020 Nissan Pathfinder
Quick Facts

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque
  • Xtronic CVT®
  • 23 Combined MPG
  • 8-inch Display

2020 Toyota Highlander
Quick Facts

  • 2.7L 4-cylinder engine
  • 185 horsepower
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 6.1-inch Display
  • 40.7 inches of headroom

If it's an SUV you're in the market for, your driving needs in the Flemington, Rowland Mills, and East Amwell Township area are about to be met. But, with so many models available, how do you know which one is right for you? 

Our comparison from Fred Beans Nissan of Flemington is here to help you determine which one will be best suited for your driving style.

In particular, this comparison of the Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander will help guide you toward that SUV you've been dreaming of driving. 

After seeing the specs of and features offered in each of these vehicles, you'll be able to make an educated decision on which one is best for your style. Let's jump right in.  

Nissan Pathfinder


Toyota Highlander

3.5L V6 engine


2.7L 4-cylinder engine

284 horsepower


185 horsepower

23 MPG

EPA-estimated Combined MPG

22 MPG

42.2/60.9 inches

Headroom/Shoulder Room

40.7/59.3 inches

2019 Pathfinder vs 2019 Highlander - Engine Performance

Pathfinder Engine: 3.5L V6 engine

Highlander Engine: 2.7L 4-cylinder engine

Driving an SUV means you'll have enough power under your hood to make you a champion both on and off the road. And while both models come equipped with available AWD, that's where their similarities end.

When you line up the base engine that's standard in these two SUVs, you'll notice a large gap in power. 

The Nissan Pathfinder is powered by the robust 3.5L V6 engine. This powertrain boasts an impressive 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque for some serious vigor. 

Additionally, the engine is paired with an Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), which improves shiftability.

The Toyota Highlander comes with the 2.7L 4-cylinder engine. Because it lacks the technology found in the above powertrain, it only offers up to 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. 

Plus, with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission this is melded to, you'll have less opportunity to save on fuel.

Summary of Pathfinder vs Highlander Engine:

  • The Nissan Pathfinder comes with a 3.5L V6 engine that boasts 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque.

  • The Toyota Highlander comes iwht a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that boasts 185 horsepowe and 184 lb-ft of torque. 

Pathfinder vs Highlander - Fuel Economy

Nissan Pathfinder MPG: 23 Combined MPG

Toyota Highlander MPG: 22 Combined MPG

Even the best of commutes can be hindered by the need to stop and fill up the tank. Luckily, both SUVs offer an impressive fuel economy. But, one might leave you wanting just a little more.

The 2019 Highlander provides you with an EPA-estimated efficiency of 20 miles per gallon in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon combined

Plus, with a 19.2-gallon fuel tank, you'll be set for the road ahead.

On the other hand, you have the Nissan Pathfinder with Xtronic CVT®. Because of this progressive transmission technology, you're able to go farther on one tank of gas. 

In fact, this SUV comes in at an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG.* This is especially good for those who hit the highway a lot. This model also offers a slightly bigger 19.5-gallon tank!

Nissan vs Toyota - Options for Entertainment

Nissan Pathfinder Entertainment: 8-inch Display

Toyota Highlander Entertainment: 6.1-inch Display

These vehicles come with a suite of innovative options to stay entertained, connected, and informed on the go. 

This includes integration to your smartphone to use hands-free through Bluetooth® technology. Additionally, both dashboard displays are easy-to-use. 

However, the Pathfinder has a larger screen with its NissanConnect® 8-inch display compared to the Entune™ 6.1-inch screen inside the Toyota Highlander.

When looking at the entertainment tech that comes standard in the Nissan Pathfinder, you'll also notice it's loaded with tons of features. 

And though some of these are offered in the Highlander, you'll have to upgrade to a higher trim to receive them. 

The standard features that make the Pathfinder an extremely fun and convenient ride are:

  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio™
  • SiriusXM® Travel Link

2019 Pathfinder vs 2019 Highlander - Technology

Both the Pathfinder and the Nissan models come with an information display that will provide you with important information about your car's performance. 

The 4.2-inch information display in the Toyota Highlander will let you know your current/average gas mileage as well as other driving features that may actively be in use.

The Advanced Drive-Assist® Display in the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder takes things up a notch with even more personalization. With user-friendly visual displays, this system keeps you informed of everything happening with your Nissan Pathfinder and is integrated with other available features. 

It even has a Rear Door Alert to remind you to grab whatever you brought along in your back seat.

Pathfinder vs Highlander - Added Comfort

Both SUVs offer drivers a comfortable ride with amenities that give you a more luxurious driving experience.

For example, they each have a 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger's seat. On top of that, a tri-zone automatic temperature control system is found in both SUVs as well. 

Although, this is standard in the Nissan Pathfinder and only available on higher trims of the Highlander.

For a cozier driver, the Nissan Pathfinder offers a headroom in the front of 42.2 inches and a front shoulder space of 60.9 inches. 

Though still spacious, you might feel a little more cramped in the Toyota Highlander, which only provides 40.7 inches of headroom and 59.3 inches of shoulder room in the front. 

Come Experience the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

Our 2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander comparison shows you why these SUVs are popular picks in their class. 

If the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is looking like the car for you and your commuting in Flemington, Rowland Mills, and East Amwell Township, then stop by Fred Beans Nissan of Flemington today!

Our team will be happy to show you more features found in our lineup of 2019 Pathfinder models. Plus, when you schedule a test drive, you can get behind the wheel for yourself. Reach out to us today to get started!

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*2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 27 highway (front-wheel drive) and 19 city / 26 highway (4-wheel drive). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.

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