2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

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  • Vented rear disc brakes – Pathfinder’s vented rear disc brakes enhance cooling, which helps reduce brake fade under high-speed or continuous brake application. Highlander has solid rear disc brakes.
  • Available Motion-Activated Liftgate – Pathfinder’s liftgate can be opened and closed with an in-and-out kicking motion under the center of the rear bumper when the Nissan Intelligent Key® is within range. Highlander does not offer a similar feature.
  • LATCH AND GLIDE®1 technology – Pathfinder’s seating design allows the passenger-side 2nd-row seat to move forward without having to remove an installed child restraint seat. Highlander does not offer this feature.
  • Available telematics convenience services (NissanConnect® Services powered by SiriusXM®2– Pathfinder’s telematics system uses the navigation system and cellular technology to provide safety, security, and convenience services. Information and functions are available via the navigation system display, the internet, or web-enabled phone. Highlander does not offer a similar system.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor3 (I-AVM) (vs. no Moving Object Detection system) – Pathfinder’s Intelligent Around View® Monitor provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the monitor image of the multi-view camera display. Highlander’s multi-view camera system does not offer moving object detection.

Additional Advantages

  • More versatile 4WD system
  • Xtronic CVT® (vs. 6- or 8-speed A/T)
  • Larger available wheels and tires
  • Available reverse tilt-down function for outside mirrors
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Standard Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control (vs. available)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports4 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Rear Door Alert5
  • Available full-speed range Intelligent Cruise Control6 (ICC) (vs. standard, but not full-speed range)
  • Standard SiriusXM® Travel Link2 (vs. available)
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert7
  • Standard customizable vehicle information display (vs. available)
  • Available dual-screen rear entertainment system8 (vs. single screen)
  • Longer wheelbase9
  • More front and 3rd-row head room9
  • More front and 3rd-row shoulder room9
  • More 2nd- and 3rd-row leg room9
  • Higher maximum towing capacity10


toyota highlander rear view

Highlander is Toyota’s midsize crossover, now in its third generation. Based on the Camry platform, it comes with 3-row seating and is available in five trim levels. Powertrain choices are:

  • 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
    • 185 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 3.5-liter DOHC V6
    • 295 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Hybrid motor paired to a 3.5-liter DOHC V6
    • 306 horsepower
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • ECVT with sequential shift mode

Toyota’s family-oriented crossover can be equipped with a range of advanced comfort, convenience, and safety features. Pathfinder matches Highlander’s family-friendly appeal, and also offers a sophisticated 4-wheel drive system with three driver-selectable modes. It provides the power, ride comfort, and amenities of a crossover and adds genuine off-road and towing capabilities.


Highlander carries over with the following changes.

  • Highlander SE comes standard with the Nightshade Special Edition that includes:
    • Black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
    • Dark headlights and fog lights
    • Black exterior door handles and mirror caps
    • Black rear Toyota emblem


Pathfinder Highlander
LE 4-cylinder
SV LE Plus V6
Platinum Limited V6
 Source: All vehicle information is based on respective manufacturers’ websites. Information accurate at time of publication.
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1 Do not perform slide forward function with the Child Restraint System occupied.
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3 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
5 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
6 Intelligent Cruise Control uses limited braking and is not a collision avoidance or warning system. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.
8 Requires compatible auxiliary media system. See Owner’s Manual for details.
9 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
10 6000 lbs maximum towing capacity for 2020 Pathfinder when properly equipped. Towing capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.