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2020 Highlander vs. 2020 Pathfinder

To say that three-row SUVs are popular is an understatement. These all-utility vehicles have only risen in popularity over the past decade or so, and the market is positively saturated with them. Two popular options for three-row SUVs are the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. These vehicles seem similar enough at a glance, but let’s compare their performance, interiors, and safety features to see which comes out on top.


Both the 2020 Highlander and the 2020 Pathfinder are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that should offer plenty of get-up-and-go. However, The Pathfinder’s engine is mated to a sluggish continuously variable transmission that tends to drone. The V6 on the 2020 Pathfinder is paired with a zippy 8-speed automatic transmission that allows for seamless shifting and aids in quicker acceleration.

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When the market is as oversaturated with three-row crossovers as it is, it pays to stay on top of current automotive trends, which the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder has failed to do. Though it offers Bluetooth®* streaming and the available option for a rear-entertainment system, the Pathfinder does not offer Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto on any of their trims. On the other hand, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa capability is standard on the 2020 Highlander, which also offers desirable features such as a full-color driver information display in two sizes, and a 10-inch head-up display in upper trims.

As far as seating and space go, the 2020 Highlander is roomier, offering ample head and legroom as well as a capacious cargo area. Up to 84.3 cubic-feet of cargo space is available in the Highlander compared to 79.5 cubic-feet in the Pathfinder. The third row of SUVs can be tight, but the Highlander offers 27.7 inches of legroom in the rear-most row, while the Pathfinder only allows for 19.8 in the third row. Additionally, the only rear seating option for the Pathfinder is two rows of bench seating, while the Highlander offers the option for second-row captains chairs for greater comfort and customization.


Safety on the road is of the utmost importance, and another area where automakers should stay current, if not ahead, of the times. The Nissan Pathfinder lacks a smart safety suite, offering only a few select driver assistance features, not all of which are standard. Thankfully, the 2020 Highlander has the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite as a standard feature, which adds a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, road sign assist, and cyclist detection. Additionally, hill-start assist and a dynamic rearview camera are also standard features on the 2020 Highlander.

Find the Highlander at Limbaugh Toyota in Birmingham, AL

Ready to park the outstanding 2020 Toyota Highlander in your driveway? Good choice. We invite you to see this incredible three-row SUV in person at Limbaugh Toyota today. Our friendly, knowledgeable Toyota experts will show you all of the available trim levels and features to help you find the combination that’s right for you. While you’re with us, be sure to ask us about our current savings opportunities!

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