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2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

Not sure about which type of SUV to purchase? How about a midsize crossover? These models in the segment are larger and more powerful than the compact versions, but still handle like a sedan. Most auto brands offer at least one midsize crossover in their lineup, so choosing that perfect one can be a challenge. Let us help you out by presenting our comparison featuring the 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder!

Despite the 2016 Toyota Highlander being about six inches shorter than the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, it actually has a larger maximum cargo capacity of 83 cubic feet. This capacity can be decreased to 42 cubic feet, and again to 13 cubic feet as more seats are needed for passengers.

2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2016 Toyota Highlander VS 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2.7L 4-cylinder DOHC VVT-i

3.5L V6 DOHC VVT-i

Hybrid 3.5L V6 DOHC VVT-i with EV and ECO Modes

Engine Options 3.5L V6 DOHC
5000 pounds Max. Towing Capacity 5000 pounds

Front-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

4-wheel drive

83 cubic feet Max. Cargo Capacity 79 cubic feet

2016 Toyota Highlander Engine Power

The 2016 Toyota Highlander is available with three different engine options: a 185 horsepower 2.7L 4-cylinder DOHC VVT-i (1500-pound towing capacity), a 270 horsepower 3.5L V6 DOHC VVT-i (5000-pound towing capacity) or a 280 net horsepower hybrid 3.5L V6 DOHC VVT-i with EV and ECO Modes (3500-pound towing capacity). Drivers who choose the conventional 2016 Highlander with the V6 engine can expect an estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. For a higher fuel efficiency, the hybrid variation can attain approximately 27 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

In addition to the strong towing capacity and excellent fuel economy, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is available with either Front-wheel drive or All-wheel drive. While Front-wheel drive allows for plenty of power and maximum fuel efficiency, All-wheel drive provides extra power and traction to make wet and snowy roads easier to handle.

If you have any questions regarding the 2016 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder comparison, please contact a sales professional at Royal South Toyota.

2016 Toyota Highlander on Highway
2016 Toyota Highlander with back seats partially collapsed
2016 Toyota Highlander on beach road
2016 Toyota Highlander with back seats completely collapsed