Midsize SUVs provide the top qualities that you’re looking for in a family-friendly car: strong and reliable performance, advanced capabilities, and cutting-edge safety features. The top two contenders in this category are the 2019 NissanPathfinder and the ToyotaHighlander. They may appear similar at a glance, but subtle differences can make a big impact on your driving experience.
Performance & Efficiency
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder sports a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, and it achieves up to 27 mpg on the highway.*
The 2019 Highlander’s standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that delivers 185 horsepower, 184 lb-ft of torque, and up to 24 mpg on the highway. While it does have an available 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s comparable to the Pathfinder’s base engine, you have to pay more for it.
The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds with its available V6 engine, but the Pathfinder surpasses that with a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds.
Both the Pathfinder and Highlander claim to offer smart and roomy interiors, but the Pathfinder proves it by seating up to seven passengers and still providing a roomy 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. By comparison, the Highlander struggles to keep 13.8 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat.
The infotainment display’s size is important when you’re driving. Bigger screens create an easier user interface for selecting apps and reading information because the larger buttons are more visible and easy to push. That’s why the Pathfinder features an 8-inch NissanConnect® infotainment system with smartphone integration technology, compared to the tiny 6.1-inch Entune™ system in the Highlander.
The differences between the two cars shows that the Pathfinder is a better buy than the Highlander. You get much more for the base price in terms of power, technology, and cargo space. Stop by James Ceranti Nissan to take a look at the new 2019 Pathfinder.
*Pathfinder: 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.