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2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2013 Toyota Highlander NJ

Today’s SUV market is one that is highly competitive. Two of the most popular vehicles available for automobile buyers are the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2013 Toyota Highlander. No matter which part of southern New Jersey that you live in, you must pick the right SUV so that you can travel around the Camden County area comfortably with a vehicle that offers the best bang for your buck. There are several factors that you need to consider when comparing the Nissan Pathfinder to the Toyota Highlander.

Exterior/Interior Options & Special Features

When it comes to interior and exterior options, the Pathfinder and the Highlander are very similar. Both come with a rear cargo door liftgate, rear lip spoilers, and halogen headlight beams. The 2013 Toyota Highlander has the advantage of daytime running lights and delay-off headlamps, two features that the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder S model does not have. However, the Pathfinder more than makes up for these deficits with its interior and special features. The Pathfinder boasts dual zone front air conditioning, driver seat lumbar support, and a rear armrest, all features that the Highlander does not include. It also comes with an optional compass, trip computer, and exterior temperature gauge to help drivers better understand their surroundings. The Highlander does not have any of these special options.

Fuel Economy, Engine Specification, & 0-60 Timing

In terms of engine size & performance, the Pathfinder easily takes this round against the similar base model Highlander. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder S has 73 more horsepower maxing at about 260 than the Highlander’s 187, and the Pathfinder also has better torque, 240 @ 4,400RPM compared to 186 @ 4,100 RPM for the Highlander. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder’s V-6 engine is the clear winner over the Highlander’s I-4 engine.

When it comes to gas mileage, these two vehicles are neck and neck. Even with its more powerful engine, the Pathfinder slightly edges the Highlander with a 20/26 mpg rating for city/highway driving and a 23 mpg combined rating. The Highlander offers 20/25 mpg city/highway rating with a 22 mpg combined rating. In 0-60 timing, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is also the obvious victor: the Pathfinder reaches 60mph in 7.4 seconds, while the Highlander takes a full 2.2 seconds longer, clocking in at 0-60mph time of 9.6 seconds.

Trunk/Cabin Space, Handling, & Warranty

While the 2013 Highlander does have a better maximum interior cargo volume of 95.4 cubic feet compared to the Pathfinder’s 79.8, the Pathfinder has the advantage in standard cargo volume at 16 cubic feet compared to the Highlander’s 10.3 cubic feet. The Highlander has better passenger volume at 146 cubic feet compared to the Pathfinder’s 120. Both automobiles offer similar 36 month/36,000 mile basic warranties that also have unlimited coverage of corrosion perforation. In terms of vehicle handling, both automobiles are again similar, although the Pathfinder does offer Electro-hydraulic power assist compared to the Highlander’s Electric power-assist steering activation.


Although it offers slightly less overall cargo room, with a larger and more powerful engine, better fuel economy, and more interior features, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder comes out on top when compared to the 2013 Toyota Highlander Base model. If you are interested in purchasing a Pathfinder, visit your local New Jersey dealership and let them know what you are looking for. You will be sure to drive away in a quality SUV that offers a powerful, spacious, and enjoyable ride.

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