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Nissan Pathfinder vs Toyota Highlander

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is a four-door SUV featuring a 3.5L 6 cycle engine and enough space to comfortably seat seven passengers. The 2013 Toyota Highlander is also a four-door SUV intended to seat seven passengers, though its engine is a 2.7L version with four cylinders instead of six.

Fuel Economy Compared

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder offers an average of 20/26 miles per gallon. The Toyota Highlander is slightly less efficient, with a reported average of 20/25 over time. The tanks sizes are very similar on both vehicles (19.5 and 19.2 gallons, respectively), and there is no significant difference in fuel economy between the two vehicles.

Both vehicles are available in a Hybrid variant that improves their fuel economy.

Exterior Features Compared

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder offers deep tinted windows, rails for a roof rack, a full-size spare tire held under the main body of the vehicle, and fully automatic headlamps. The trunk of the vehicle can be accessed by a powered gate, making it more convenient for those carrying heavy loads. The Toyota Highlander does not offer roof rails, though it does have daytime running lights for the convenience of the drivers.

Interior Features Compared

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder offers a wide variety of interior features throughout the various styles of the vehicle. These include climate control and keyless ignition as standard choices, with added options for Bluetooth, heated seats, navigation, parking assistance, a premium sound system, rear seat DVD player, satellite radio, and an iPod connection. The Toyota Highlander is reported to lack climate control on some styles of the vehicle, though it does provide HD radio as an option. Otherwise, its interior choices are fairly similar to those of the Nissan Pathfinder.

Safety Features Compared

Both vehicles include all expected and basic safety features. The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder also adds a rear camera, and many of its airbags are dual-stage to provide added safety for passengers. The Toyota Highlander offers a Hill Start Assist system designed for drivers who live in (or at least frequently park in) sloped areas, but uses more basic airbags than the Pathfinder.

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