Anyone considering a midsize crossover with three rows as their next vehicle purchase or lease has a lot of excellent choices. Two of those options are the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, which has recently arrived at Lokey Nissan, and the 2021 Toyota Highlander. The Pathfinder is a particularly intriguing option because it has been completely redesigned for this model year and is thus one of the newest platforms on the market. It boasts a sleek exterior, a new transmission and loads of standard and available features. The Highlander, on the other hand, was redesigned a couple of years ago, and it is known for its cargo space, amenities and handling, which are all areas in which the Nissan model also fares quite well.
When comparing the size of the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 Toyota Highlander, what jumps out is how similar they really are. The Pathfinder measures 197.0 inches in length—about 16.4 feet. The Highlander, on the other hand, is just a smidge longer at 197.4 inches. Nissan has opted for a couple of extra inches for the wheelbase. It measures 114.2 inches whereas the Highlander has a 112.2-inch wheelbase. Width is similar at about 6.5 feet, and the Pathfinder stands a couple of inches taller: 70.9 vs 68.1 inches. Both vehicles come with alloy wheels and offer wheel sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches. When it comes to exterior function, both automakers offer similar features, including LED lighting, fog lamps, a power liftgate, roof rails, heated side mirrors, integrated turn signals and running boards.
The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder can seat either seven or eight passengers. The Highlander seats seven and does not provide the option of the eighth seat. It is also important to note that the total passenger volume of the Nissan is quite a bit larger: 148.0 vs 136.1 cubic feet. This results in more front legroom—44.3 vs 42.0—and substantially more front headroom: 42.3 vs 38.4. In fact, the Pathfinder has more headroom in all three rows. The Toyota model does provide more legroom in the second row, and the vehicles are similar when it comes to the third row. Nissan also manages a tad more dedicated cargo space—16.6 vs 16.0 cubic feet—but the numbers are similar when folding the rear seating.
The Pathfinder has a 3.5-liter V6, and performance has been improved over the outgoing model by 24 horses. Nissan has also opted to drop the CVT automatic for a more traditional nine-speed automatic transmission. The CVT was originally chosen for its fuel performance, but Nissan managed to get the nine-speed in line with those numbers. Nissan has also made improvements that allow for a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. Toyota also opts for a 3.5-liter V6. It pairs it to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both automakers offer front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive optional. Both vehicles also feature trailer-sway control as standard equipment. However, when properly equipped, the Highlander maxes out at a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
When it comes to technologies and safety features, Nissan and Toyota are both heavyweights, and that makes the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2021 Toyota Highlander comparison fun. Both come standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and offer a larger touchscreen as an option. Standard features in both cases include a rearview camera system and Android and Apple device integration. Options in both cases include in-dash navigation, Wi-Fi, wireless charging and a 360-degree camera system. Both the 2021 Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder come with a standard suite of driver-assistance technologies, and these suites are highly comparable as well. One area where Nissan distinguishes itself is the optional ProPILOT Assist tech. It provides a semi-autonomous driving mode, and Toyota does not yet offer an adaptive cruise control system that sophisticated for the Highlander.
If you have any additional questions about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder and why it is a better option for you than the 2021 Toyota Highlander, Lokey Nissan is here to help. You can visit our showroom, call us or contact us online via live chat, text or email. We are happy to provide custom quotes, answer questions and give you any additional information that you may need. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home or office, our team can help you with that as well!*This article is for informational purposes only. Please contact the dealership for complete and current details.