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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

If you are looking for an SUV, you already know exactly why. You have likely found that your life needs the kind of cargo capacity, towing capacity, and overall versatility and capability that an SUV brings to the table. You want to feel comfortable with your daily commute, knowing you have ample seating for your family and plenty of cargo space for your supplies or groceries. You also want to know that, when it comes time for vacation, you can pack the vehicle full of all the gear and luggage you need, not to mention possibly tow your boat or trailer up to your favorite getaway. It would be nice if this particular vehicle wouldn't guzzle gasoline like crazy, too. SUVs and crossovers are plentiful on the roads these days, so you have many choices available. Which one is right for you? Let's look at the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

We'll be comparing the base models for this chart, because a quality model lineup starts at the foundation and goes from there.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder S vs 2017 Toyota Highlander LE
284 HP & 259 lb-ft Horsepower & Torque 185 HP & 184 lb-ft
20/27 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 20/24 City/Hwy MPG
6,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
$30,290 Starting MSRP $30,630

More power and towing capacity for a lower starting price

In order to be able to handle your daily grind and the long trips you plan to take across the state, you need to have a mighty heartbeat. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder comes standard with an engine that can produce 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. That is far beyond what the base 2017 Highlander offers. When it's time to accelerate onto the highway, climb the winding wilderness roads, or drive off the beaten path, which amount of power would you prefer to have at your command?

Even with a staggering difference in horsepower, the Pathfinder is more fuel efficient when it comes to highway mpg. More powerful and more efficient to boot? Yes, please. Furthermore, the Pathfinder is capable of towing up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Highlander? Just 1,500 pounds.

For the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, you get more power, better fuel economy, more maximum towing capacity, and all for a lower price. The numbers speak for themselves.

blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder exterior top front side
woman using foot activated liftgate on blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Pathfinder cup holders