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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

If you are in need of a vehicle that can handle your full, busy life, you would do well to get behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle. These types of automobiles have long been heralded for their capabilities as far as being able to seat many people while also carrying hefty loads of cargo. They can be used for daily tasks and yearly adventures alike, and they can be particularly useful if you are part of a large family. There are certain elements of an SUV that need to be present in order for it to completely fulfill its duties to you and yours, and since this style of vehicle is quite popular these days, you certainly have no shortage of options to choose from. Let's compare the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

We are going to look at the base models of each vehicle for this comparison to give you a better idea of what you'd actually be starting with right from the get-go.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder S vs 2017 Toyota Highlander LE
284 HP, 259 lb-ft Torque Base Horsepower & Torque 185 HP, 184 lb-ft Torque
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

If you intend to drive a vehicle that can seat as many as seven people, it is important that it has the power to do so. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with an engine that can fire up 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. The 2017 Toyota Highlander falls well shy of that at 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Another area where the Highlander falls well shy? Towing. Sometimes you may want to bring the boat to the lake or try out a camping trailer. The base 2017 Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds, while the base 2017 Highlander tows 1,500 pounds. Even after falling so far behind in terms of power and towing capacity, the 2017 Toyota Highlander base starting price is actually higher than that of the 2017 Pathfinder. Does that make sense? The numbers here speak for themselves.

red 2017 Nissan Pathfinder towing boat across bridge
blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder exterior top front side
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior front seating area