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Compare the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander | Bessemer, AL

2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Serving Bessemer, AL, Tuscaloosa, and Hueytown

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Toyota Highlander are quite similar competitors in the category of larger SUV vehicles. Both the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder have undergone a considerable number of redesigning and very impressive upgrades as well as improvement efforts ever since when these two SUVs became available to the market. However, there are drivers that would rather drive the Nissan Pathfinder, and on the other hand, there are still those who stand by the Toyota Highlander. After having performed a detailed and careful examination and reviewed multiple considerations, the very best option between these two Japanese SUVs is definitely the Nissan Pathfinder. Between the two presented options, it is the best SUV to buy for a number of reasons, which we will go over, covering our specific analysis data.

Price and Specs Comparison


2018 Nissan Pathfinder S

2018 Toyota Highlander LE

Starting MSRP*



Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)**

20 / 27 mpg

21 / 27 mpg

Standard Engine




284 horsepower

185 horsepower



6-Speed Automatic

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The Nissan Pathfinder features a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission, while the Toyota Highlander features an 8-speed automatic transmission. According to many specialists, a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission has fewer and even stronger and more resistant parts than a multi-speed automatic transmission. The edge that the Nissan Pathfinder has is that does not have a transmission with more parts like the Toyota Highlander, which has more parts that could break or wear out, so the Nissan Pathfinder is more likely to have a longer transmission life if proper maintenance is done. When you consider the upkeep of an SUV after a few 100 thousand miles, an SUV with a continuously variable-speed automatic transmission is usually seen as the better buy since it is less likely to break down when comparing it to a multi-speed automatic transmission.

Dimensions and Cargo Space

One of the most important considerations, when you are considering buying an SUV, is how big and spacious it is. Most SUV owners agree that the bigger SUV you have, the better! In analyzing the dimensions of width, height, and length, the Nissan Pathfinder is 1.5 inches wider than the Toyota Highlander, which means more seat space for backseat passengers, and it also exceeds the Toyota Highlander by 6 full inches in the category of length, and the Nissan Pathfinder also exceeds the Toyota Highlander by 1.5 inches in the height category. Height is what makes the difference in the comfort of taller passengers and drivers and even being able to fit taller objects in the cargo area. In speaking of cargo space, the Nissan Pathfinder features much more cargo space at 16.2 cu. feet, which is 2.4 cubic feet more than the Toyota Highlander at only 13.8 cu. feet.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder Interior

Driving Range

Since SUVs are vehicles that were made to travel, we have to consider their highway driving range. The Toyota Highlander is not able to drive as far as the Nissan Pathfinder on the highway. The Nissan Pathfinder is able to reach 507 highway miles on a tank of gas, while the Toyota Highlander trails with only 499 highway miles. This difference is quite impressive when considering that the Nissan Pathfinder is a longer and heavier car with the same seating capacity and the same sized motor as the Toyota Highlander.

Test Drive Today!

Visit our Nissan Dealership and take the Nissan Pathfinder for a ride to see for yourself why it out-drives the Toyota Highlander. In addition to other features, you will clearly observe its superior transmission, which offers better and smoother driving due to its continuously variable-speed automatic transmission, confirm its highway driving range statistics and see for yourself that it is in fact, a bigger SUV. If you are considering having your very own Nissan Pathfinder, all you have to do is come see us!

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

**EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.

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