Summerville, Mount Pleasant, and North Charleston families seeking a vehicle with three rows of seating that isn’t a tank may find what they’re looking for with the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota Highlander. Charleston Nissan explores their features in this 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander comparison. Before taking a test drive, read our vehicle comparison to learn about the performances, safety features, and cargo space available with the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander are full-size crossovers offering smooth acceleration, balanced handling, and dependable performances. Each is available with 3.5L V6 engines delivering similar outputs in terms of power and fuel economy, and can be paired with all-wheel drive to maintain control on slick, slippery surfaces.
Every Pathfinder gets its power from the V6 engine, while the Highlander opts for a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine producing 184 horsepower on base models. You can feel this loss of power while accelerating, especially given the Toyota Highlander’s size. The Pathfinder and V6-equipped Highlanders are noticeably more responsive, and may be better options for performance-oriented drivers.
Whether you’re carpooling for soccer practice or packing for a road trip, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander provide spacious accommodations that make transporting kids and cargo a cinch. Each provide three rows of seats that fold down to reveal approximately 80 cubic feet of storage space. However, you’ll find over two more cubic feet of storage space behind the third row of the Nissan Pathfinder for a total of 16 cubic feet. Comparatively, the Toyota Highlander only provides 13.8 cubic feet. The Pathfinder also provides 41.7 inches of second-row legroom, while the Toyota Highlander gets 38.4 inches. Compared to the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, the Toyota Highlander can feel tight, especially when driving with taller rear passengers.
When it comes to safety, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander provide top-of-the-line features to help you drive with confidence and peace of mind. Each come with standard anti-lock brakes, electronic stability, and traction control, but also offer a slew of advanced features to help keep danger at arm’s length. The Nissan Pathfinder introduced an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection on 2016 models—a feature that creates a composite, birds-eye image of the vehicle on a screen in the center stack. The Around View Monitor is helpful while parallel parking or pulling out of tight spaces, and is available on both the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Highlander. In addition to the Around View Monitor, the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander are available with Forward Collision Alert and Emergency Braking. If either vehicle senses a potential collision with a car in front of it, they’ll warn you to slow down with visual and audible alerts. They can even apply the brakes automatically to prevent a collision or reduce its impact if you don’t react in time.
The Toyota Highlander is an attractive crossover with advanced safety features and a smooth performance. However, the Nissan Pathfinder pulls ahead of its competitor with its standard V6 engine, generous cargo area behind the third row, and spacious seating on its rear seat. Test drive a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder at Charleston Nissan to find out if it’s the right vehicle for you. We proudly serve drivers in Summerville, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and beyond.