The 2017 Toyota Highlander vs. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Toyota Highlander

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For many shoppers looking to the crossover SUV segment, the sheer volume of choices can sometimes be overwhelming. Two models that continue to catch the attention of many, however, are the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. Both vehicles are offered with three rows of seats and a 3.5L V6 engine, but the Highlander proves its value over the competition in a number of additional areas. Shelby and Mt. Holly drivers interested in making their next crossover choice can learn more about both models here. We then encourage you to stop by and check out the new Highlander at Toyota of Gastonia at your earliest convenience.

Safety Features

Understandably, most crossover SUV shoppers prize the safety of their precious “cargo” above all else. Here, the 2017 Toyota Highlander wins out. While it’s true that both models come with standard features like stability and traction control, a number of airbags, a rearview camera, and antilock brakes, the Highlander’s standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) package sets it apart. This package comes with Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), and Automatic High Beams. While some of these features are available on the Pathfinder, none of them are standard, meaning you’ll spend money on pricey upgrades just to get them.

Max Performance Capabilities

It’s true that both the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder are offered with available all-wheel drive and a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Still, the 2017 Toyota Highlander has the performance edge when it comes to max powertrain capabilities:

  • Toyota Highlander – The Toyota Highlander’s available 3.5L V6 engine produces a commanding output of 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque.
  • Nissan Pathfinder – The Pathfinder’s only available engine is a 3.5L V6, but this model’s V6 comes in under the Highlander’s, as it’s only able to make 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque.

Passenger Accommodations

The 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder are both spacious three-row crossover SUVs that can seat the whole family and each transport their fair share of luggage. The 2017 Toyota Highlander wins out, though, with available setups that can accommodate either seven or eight passengers, depending on the version you select. Regardless of which Pathfinder model you choose, the Nissan is only able to seat seven, despite your possible seating needs.

Find Out if the 2017 Toyota Highlander is Right for You

After taking a serious look at a number of important specs and features, it’s clear that the new Toyota Highlander rises above the fray. You can come check out this impressive eight-passenger, three-row crossover SUV for yourself at Toyota of Gastonia, where we have a number of new Highlanders in stock at 4821 Wilkinson Blvd in Gastonia, NC, only a short distance from Shelby and Mt. Holly. You can come in and see us Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch online, or give us a ring at (855) 889-9794.