There’s nothing like hopping behind the wheel of a highly capable SUV and taking on the Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, LA, area.

When you’re on the search for a vehicle with advanced performance features, and a spacious and comfortable interior cabin, two models you may be considering are the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder. To ultimately decide which model is the right choice for you, you’re going to need to do a bit of research.

Our team here at Bohn Toyota wanted to make that as easy as possible for our drivers. That’s why we’ve created this handy breakdown of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Pathfinder. Be sure to contact us with any questions today!

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Space

2020 Toyota Highlander Cargo Space Toyota Highlander Cargo Area 2020 Toyota Highlander Cargo with Cover

Interior Cabin Dimensions

To get started, we’ll head right inside these two SUVs and take a closer look at just how much room you’ll be getting.

With the Toyota Highlander, you’ll have plenty of space for up to eight riders to comfortably stretch out and relax, while the Nissan Pathfinder only has room for up to seven riders.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Nissan Pathfinder




84.3 cubic ft.

Cargo Volume

(behind first row)

79.5 cubic ft.

48.4 cubic ft.

Cargo Volume

(behind second row)

47.4 cubic ft.

16 cubic ft.

Cargo Volume

(behind third row)

16 cubic ft.


With room for all those passengers, you’re also going to need to make sure you have plenty of storage space, as well.

While both SUVs provide about the same amount of cargo volume when all the seats are upright, they begin to differ when it comes to maximum cargo room.

The Highlander is going to get 84.3 cubic ft. of maximum cargo volume when the second and third row seats are down, while the Pathfinder falls short, providing just 79.5 cubic ft. of maximum cargo room.

In the Highlander, you’ll have more space to transport luggage, groceries, sporting equipment, and even furniture.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

Performance Features

Moving on, we’ll head right under the hood and check out the engine specs.

The 2020 Highlander comes equipped with a 3.5-Liter V6 engine, which puts out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine found in the 2020 Pathfinder only produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque capability.

Both models offer available all-wheel-drive systems, but the Highlander also includes the Multi-terrain Select feature, which allows you to switch drive modes between MUD & SAND, ROCK & DIRT, SNOW, and NORMAL. The Pathfinder does not offer a similar system.

The Verdict: 2020 Toyota Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder

As you can see, both models would be a decent choice for your commutes around Harvey, New Orleans, and Metairie, Louisiana.

However, it’s clear that the Highlander outperforms the Pathfinder in crucial categories, such as interior cabin space and performance features.

Here at Bohn Toyota, we’re dedicated to providing you with a fun and informative car-buying experience. For more information or to schedule your 2020 Toyota Highlander test drive, call or stop by today!

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