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2015 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder which is a mid-sized SUV preferably for families has made a debut this current year as an updated and well refined crossover as well as a new design. It has a curvy design that makes it handsome and appealing to the eye. With a roomier interior, the drivers will find the Pathfinder to be versatile.

A better fuel efficiency, a spacious interior and the Pathfinder’s CVT. The Pathfinder is also comfortable and friends and families will find it ideal to drive during weekend getaways and through the scenic Litchfield Hills.


The 2015 Toyota Highlander makes a debut this year with a more rugged design. It is spacious but lacks the drive train to match the Pathfinder. The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder sits seven passengers in its base trim level.

Shoppers of the Highlander will have to choose a trim level that is capable of sitting that number of passengers. Shoppers will find that the Pathfinder will be a better choice for their families due to the crossover’s better fuel consumption, large interior and strong performance.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander performance

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder makes the driving experience feel more of a car than a truck. The Pathfinder comes fitted with the standard CVT together with Nissan’s newly integrated D-Step Shift Logic.

The engines come in a choice of two, an efficient hybrid and a traditional V-6. With either option at play, the Pathfinder will make the driving experience smooth and worthwhile. Shoppers will find that using its hydraulic electric power steering is both easy to handle and quick.

The 2015 Toyota Highlander isn’t as performance oriented as the Pathfinder in most instances. While at the highway at high speeds, the Highlander strains very much with passengers exceeding two.

Shoppers also have the disadvantage of buying a costly model just to get a feel of the V-6 engine as well as a choice of either 4WD or 2WD. In terms of overall performance then shoppers are only left with a viable option of choosing the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander interior space

Shoppers will notice that the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is the best bet for travelling in especially during long distances. The crossover is quiet, smooth and has minimal vibrations from the wind.
The Pathfinder family oriented SUV has various map pockets, bins at the front and back seats. All seats are spacious, comfortable and offer good back support. The most noticeable feature is at the second row which can be folded and slid forward to allow the third row access.


At the middle row is ‘Glide and Latch’ child seat. The Nissan Pathfinder was designed ultimately with families in mind and the Highlander offers nothing close to that. There is no much storage space as the Pathfinder.


2015 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander fuel efficiency

The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has an improved gas mileage and the most efficient model is its Hybrid version. It uses 28 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg on the city. This is a twenty percent increment over the traditional engine.


The 2015 Toyota Highlander is much less efficient which the V-6 4WD uses is recorded as 18 mpg on the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Therefore the Pathfinder beats the Highlander in terms of the fuel efficiency.



Robert • July 12, 2015

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