2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Many midsize SUVs that are available on the market today have replaced the minivan as the ideal family vehicle, and it is easy to see why. These vehicles perfectly blend performance, safety and luxury for a vehicle that drivers and passengers alike will appreciate. However, with many family utility vehicles, you lose much of the engine power and utility that make SUVs great. Luckily, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a family SUV that does not sacrifice the useful utility features. But how does it compare to its competitors? Let’s find out in this 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison.

Because we want to give you a fair and accurate comparison between these two vehicles, we will be comparing the base trim levels of both vehicles, which is the S trim for the Pathfinder and the LE trim for the Highlander. These are the trim levels that are closest to each other in both price range and available features. Continue reading to see how the two vehicles match up based on specific features and specifications. If you are in the Lee’s Summit MO area and are interested in the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, you can follow this link to our inventory of the vehicle.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder


2018 Toyota Highlander

284 hp, 259 lb-ft Horsepower and Torque 185 hp, 184 lb-ft
27 MPG* Highway Gas Mileage 24 MPG
41.7" Rear Legroom 38.4"
Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning Manual

Which Family Utility Vehicle is Right for You?

This comparison between the two vehicles makes it completely obvious that the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is the superior vehicle of the two. In terms of both performance capabilities and comfort features in these vehicles, the Nissan Pathfinder is a fantastic vehicle.

In terms of engine power, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder has exactly what you would want in a utility vehicle. With way better engine power and torque than what is available in the Highlander, the Nissan Pathfinder gives you great acceleration and impressive towing capacity. Additionally, with more engine power typically comes worse engine power, but the 2018 Pathfinder is also superior when it comes to that, with up to 27 miles per gallon on the highway*.

In terms of interior comfort, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a great option for the whole family. First, with 41.7 inches of front legroom, your passengers are certainly going to be happy that you chose the Nissan Pathfinder. Also, with dual-zone automatic temperature, everyone in the vehicle can be comfortable at their ideal temperature range.

*Disclaimer: 2018 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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