Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder Near Dallas, TX

In the market for a new midsize SUV in the Fort Worth, Arlington, or surrounding areas? The South Toyota team is excited to give our Dallas customers an in-depth comparison of two powerful SUV models - the 2021 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. Both SUVs have great similarities, however, they both contrast in unique ways that makes one stand out over the other. Take a look at our quick comparison chart overview of the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder below.


Comparison Chart Overview

2021 Toyota Highlander

2020 Nissan Pathfinder

Starting MSRP:



City/Hwy MPG: 

21/29 MPG

20/27 MPG

Fuel Capacity: 

17.9 Gal

19.5 Gal


295 HP

284 HP

Trim Options:

10 Trims

6 Trims

Engine Options:

3.5L V6

3.5L V6

Exterior Colors:

8 Variations

9 Variations

As you can see in the chart above, the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder are relatively close in competition such as with their engine options, amount of exterior color options, MPG, and fuel capacity. However, the Toyota Highlander has much more flexibility for customization and versatility for all kinds of drivers. With 10 different trims including 5 hybrid options, the Toyota Highlander clearly is strategically designed to suit various different styles of driving. The Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have eco-friendly hybrid options available on their 2020 model year. Also, the Toyota Highlander allows up to 8 seating for passengers as the Nissan Pathfinder only allows 7 passengers.

Between the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Pathfinder, the 2021 Toyota Highlander goes above and beyond to provide the best technology and latest infotainment features. In the 2021 Toyota Highlander, you'll find a Digital Rearview Mirror, Dynamic Navigation feature, JBL Audio System, Wi-Fi Connect, SiriusXM All Access 3-month trial, and Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto capabilities. Also, included in the center console of the Toyota Highlander is an available Qi Wireless charging station. The current Nissan Pathfinder only has its NissanConnect features which include Amazon Alexa, Google Assist, Bluetooth, and Navigation.

It's literally safe to say that the Toyota Highlander has a stellar score when it comes to their standard safety features. The Toyota Highlander has received 5-Star NHTSA rating, IIHS 2021 Top Safety Pick for a midsize SUV, and has won the Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value award thanks to the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ that comes standard with all Highlanders. Our favorite features of the TSS 2.5+ includes: Road Sign Assist, Auto High Beams, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and the Pre-Collision with Low-Light Pedestrian Detection. As for the Nissan Pathfinder, the standard safety aspects available are the Brake Assist feature, Intelligent Cruise Control, Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in contrast, the Nissan Pathfinder has yet to compare to the extremity of the Toyota Highlander's safety features.

For the midsize SUV market, these are both highly-considered options but one model continues to prove its top position. The Toyota Highlander triumphantly wins in overall safety, technology, and individuality. It's the perfect midsize SUV for all kinds of family and friends seeking the thrill of a drive while knowing they're in safe hands. If you're interested in the new 2021 Toyota Highlander, come by South Toyota at 39660 LBJ Fwy South, Dallas, TX 75237 or feel free to call our team at (972) 780-1166. We have various Toyota Highlander  trims, exterior colors, and hybrid options available for your driving wants and needs. To schedule an appointment or a test drive, please call or contact us online today!



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