2015 Toyota Highlander  

Comparing the SUVs: 2015 Toyota Highlander vs. 2015 Nissan Pathfinder

When it comes to powerful SUVs, the 2015 Toyota Highlander and 2015 Nissan Pathfinder are two of the most popular. Which one is the better fit for your lifestyle? We took a look at the 2015 Toyota Highlander LE and the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder S to see which SUV is better for everyday performance. While both have their merits, one vehicle was the clear victor.


While both vehicles offer airbags and stability systems for extra traction, the Highlander includes tons of safety features that the Pathfinder doesn't provide. Here is a sampling of amenities that you'll only find on the Highlander:

  • Whiplash injury lessening seats
  • Optional pre-collision system
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Optional lane departure warning

The IIHS also gave the Highlander its highest rating of Top Pick Plus," for which the Pathfinder did not qualify.


Toyota offers an excellent warranty that will save drivers some extra cash. Toyota provides scheduled maintenance at no cost for 2 years or 25,000 miles. You'll enjoy  oil changes, tire rotations, and lubrications without paying a dime. On the other hand, Nissan doesn't offer this warranty at all. You'll have to pay for each service. Toyota dealerships are also more numerous, so you can take advantage of that great warranty with 11 percent more Toyota dealerships than Nissan dealerships.

Interior Space

When it comes to space, more is merrier with the Highlander. The Toyota Highlander can comfortably seat eight passengers with nearly 2 additional inches of front legroom and 3.6 inches of third row hip room. The Pathfinder has a smaller cabin with seating for only seven guests. The Highlander also provides more cargo volume. With the second seat folded, you'll enjoy 83.7 cubic feet of space to the Pathfinder's 79.8 cubic feet.


When comparing the V6 engines, the Highlander is faster than the Pathfinder. The Highlander reaches 0 to 60 mph in only 7.1 seconds to the Pathfinder's 7.6 seconds. As determined by Motor Trend, the Highlander also stops shorter. When decelerating from 60 to 0 mph, the Highlander traveled 112 feet. The Pathfinder stopped 12 feet later at 124 feet. In addition to the power and braking, you'll enjoy a more stable ride in the Highlander. It has a more even weight distribution to ensure a smoother performance.

Test Drive Our Winner Today

When all the numbers were crunched, it was clear that the 2015 Toyota Highlander was the superior SUV over the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. While the Highlander had the edge in every category, its stellar safety features really proved it was the SUV to beat. Check out the 2015 Toyota Highlander in person at Elgin Toyota. You can reach our dealership at 1600 W. Lake Street in Streamwood. If you'd like more information about a no-obligation test drive, call us at (888) 465-9840 or contact Elgin Toyota online.


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