2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 Toyota Highlander
2022 Nissan Pathfinder


2021 Toyota Highlander
$33,410 MSRP*

Starting Price

$35,085 MSRP
7 or 8 Passengers

Seating Capacity

7 or 8 Passengers
6,000 Pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

5,000 Pounds
Pathfinder Exclusive

EZ FLEX™ 2nd-Row Seating


Drive Mode Settings


Blind Spot Monitoring


The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is offering more than ever before, but you’ll still need to compare the Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander to be certain that you’ve made the right choice. We’ve taken a close look at each SUV’s third-row seating, performance capabilities, and safety features, so you can make the right choice for your adventures in Jersey City.

Nissan vs. Toyota: Third-Row Comfort

First things first: which SUV offers a third row that can keep all of your passengers comfortable and entertained on trips through Hillside? Dimensions only tell part of the story, but even the numbers show that the Pathfinder has a clear edge:

  • Third-Row Legroom: 28 inches in the Pathfinder vs. 27.7 inches in the Highlander
  • Third-Row Shoulder Room: 58.4 inches in the Pathfinder vs. 55 inches in the Highlander
  • Third-Row Hiproom: 46.7 inches in the Pathfinder vs. 45.6 inches in the Highlander

Even more impressively, every Nissan Pathfinder interior includes EZ FLEX™ 2nd-Row Seating as standard—and it works on both sides of the cabin! Just press a button to enjoy easy access to the third row, even if you have a car seat installed. The Toyota Highlander only comes standard with manual sliding second-row seats that might leave you feeling frustrated.

Nissan vs. Toyota: Performance and Towing Capacity

At first glance, it might look like the Highlander and the Pathfinder are equally matched. Both come with standard V6 engines. The Pathfinder offers 285 hp, while the Highlander offers 295 hp. Additionally, the two models are only separated by a difference of 2 mpg in highway settings. However, there are some important differences:

  • Towing Capacity: When properly equipped, the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds. This gives it an easy win over the Toyota Highlander, which can only tow up to 5,000 pounds no matter what optional features you add.
  • Off-Road Performance: The Pathfinder even offers some pretty impressive off-road capabilities, so you can make it to your next campsite with ease. Toyota offers other options for serious off-roaders, and the Highlander falls short in this area. Just for starters, the Pathfinder offers seven unique driving modes, compared to just three in the Highlander.

You’ll need to equip the optional Class III trailer hitch and auxiliary transmission oil cooler in order to reach the maximum Pathfinder towing capacity, but that’s a small price to pay for the ability to outperform the Highlander.

Nissan vs. Toyota: Safety Features

You may have heard some positive things about Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, but our Nissan SUV is more than ready for tough competition. Its own Nissan Safety Shield 360® package—which comes standard in every trim—outperforms the Toyota package in several key areas. 

Notably, only the Nissan Pathfinder offers the following safety features as standard:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear collision warning
  • Rear door alert
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

What features are you looking for in a family-friendly SUV? In this Nissan vs. Toyota matchup, only one model really offers comprehensive protection on Newark and Bayonne roads.

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