A midsize SUV, like the Toyota Highlander or Nissan Pathfinder, should offer dependable performance, a roomy interior, and lots of safety feature to protect you and your family. So, which one is right for you?

Maguire Toyota helps drivers near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton decide with this 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Pathfinder comparison.

Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder Specs

The 2019 Toyota Highlander offers two capable and efficient engines. The strongest option is a 3.5L V6 that gets up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. This delivers clean production thanks to Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i).

To manage this powertrain, you'll have an 8-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). Together, this smart transmission and the VVT-i design help it get up to an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway[i].

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder only offers one engine. It's also a 3.5L V6, but it's a little less powerful. It gets up to 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. This works with an Xtronic® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that doesn't have the same versatile range of gears as the 8-speed transmission.

Without technologies like VVT-i and ECT-i, the Nissan isn't quite as efficient. It gets up to an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway[ii].

Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder Interior

Both the 2019 Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder have three rows of seats and room for the whole family. The Toyota gives you more seating and options though. With three seats in both the second and third rows, it has room for up to eight people.

To give your interior a convenient center aisle, you can swap out the middle bench seat with a pair of captain's chairs. This opens up the interior and still leaves seating for seven people.

The Nissan Pathfinder doesn't offer captain's chairs. It has room for seven people with three seats in the middle and two seats in the third row.

The Toyota also has more space for your back seat passengers. There's 27.7 inches of legroom in the third row, while the Nissan has just 19.8 inches of rear legroom.

Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder Safety

The 2019 Toyota Highlander protects you and your family with eight airbags and front and rear crumple zones that are designed to direct force away from the cabin during a collision. It also comes with lots of driver assistance features. Toyota Safety Sense® P comes standard and can prevent accidents with features like:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder offers some similar driver assistance features, but not all of them come standard on every trim level. It also wasn't designed with crumple zones and leaves more of the cabin unprotected with just six airbags.

Test Drive a Midsize SUV

Visit Maguire Toyota to test drive the safe and capable Toyota Highlander. It offers peace of mind and a spacious interior to families in Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton. To learn more about this 2019 Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Pathfinder comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.

[i] 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

[ii] 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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