2020 Highlander vs 2020 Pathfinder

2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder | Palatine, IL

Looking for a midsize, three-row SUV but don’t know where to start? Let us help.

Here’s our comparison of two popular SUVs, the 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4. Which will come out on top?

2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD


2020 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4x4




3.5L V6


3.5L V6

295 hp / 263 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

284 hp / 259 lb-ft

8-speed automatic







Fuel Economy



New Three-Row Midsize SUV in Palatine, IL

Safety Suite

The 2020 Highlander has a comprehensive safety suite called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0). TSS 2.0 includes a pre-collision system with low-light pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high-beams, and road sign assist. It also has blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking assist with automatic braking, and a 24-hour roadside assistance plan.

2020 Highlander Hybrid front seating showcase
2020 Highlander Hybrid cockpit showcase

Connectivity and Technology

The 2020 Toyota Highlander has all sorts of features to keep you and your passengers entertained and connected. For instance, the Highlander has Apple CarPlay compatibility, an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to five devices simultaneously, five USB charging ports, a wireless charging pad, and a 1200-watt, 11-speaker JBL premium audio system. Everything is controlled from the 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen.

Seating and Cargo Space

The 2020 Highlander is a three-row midsize SUV. That means that it has a seven-person seating capacity. With the optional captain’s chairs installed, the capacity goes down to six, but the second-row passengers have nicer seating. No matter which row of seats you sit in, you’ll be comfy, as the Highlander is spacious. That room translates into excellent cargo space. Behind the third row, there’s 16.0 cu-ft; behind the second, 48.4 cu-ft; behind the first, 84.3 cu-ft.

2020 Highlander Hybrid seating showcase

Come test drive the 2020 Toyota Highlander at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, IL.

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