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Features Comparison: Nissan Pathfinder vs. Toyota Highlander

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Model Year 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015
Model Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder Highlander Highlander Highlander
Trim S SV SL LE LE Plus XLE
Engines (show)  
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
260 hp@6400
240 lb-ft@4400
     
2.7L I4
DOHC-4v
185 hp@5800
184 lb-ft@4200
         
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
270 hp@6200
248 lb-ft@4700
     
Transmissions (show)  
CVT      
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic      
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
4WD      
AWD      
Tires (show)  
235/65R18 tires      
245/60R18 tires      
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 6 speakers
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)          
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.        
Cruise control
First-aid kit      
Power decklid / liftgate pull-downPulls decklid / liftgate tight after latch is engaged. Door can be shut with very little effort.          
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.      
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.      
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.        
Sunshades, second rowGreatly reduce the amount of sunlight entering the rear side windows. Retract into rear doors.          
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.    
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.          
Blind spot warning systemMirror-mounted lights indicate when another vehicle is in a blind spot.          
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Electronic differential lockApplies the brakes to a slipping drive wheel to transfer torque to the other side, simulating the effect of a limited-slip differential. We haven't identified all applications, often implied by traction control.      
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.      
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Knee airbag, driver      
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.        
Rear cross-traffic detectionWarns of traffic coming from either direction when vehicle is in reverse, to prevent accidents when backing out of parking spaces.          
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.    
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Seat cushion airbag, passengerAirbag inflates under leading edge of seat cushion to prevent the passenger from sliding forward.      
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Cargo cover  
Cargo mat      
Cargo net      
Cargo tray
Class II trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 3,500 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.      
Class III trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 5,000 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.        
Console with shifter
Liftglass or two-piece tailgateDo not have to open entire tailgate to access the cargo area.        
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.        
Roof railsNo crossbars.      
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.
Trailering equipment (4 wire)Includes four-wire harness, limited to relatively small trailers.      
Trailering equipment (7 wire)Includes seven-wire harness, necessary for larger trailers.          
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.      
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.          
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Blu-Ray-compatible entertainment systemEntertainment system able to play Blu-Ray discs.          
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.    
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.  
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.          
CD player  
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.          
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.        
Entertainment system, ceiling-mountedA DVD player and ceiling-mounted screen. Often includes a pair of wireless headphones.          
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.        
IntercomDriver can speak through microphone to the rear speakers.          
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.  
Rear air vents with manual controlsFan speed and/or temperature can be manually set for vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Includes value of rear vents.          
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.
Rear wiper
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.    
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.      
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.        
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.      
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.  
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for audio system        
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Wiper de-icerHeating elements defrost area where front wipers rest.      
Exterior (show)  
Bodyside claddingProtective cladding extending partly onto the doors.      
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.      
Bodyside moldingsMoldings on the bodysides, to protect against door dings in parking lots.      
Deep-tinted rear windows
Glass roof panel(s)One or more glass panels in the roof that cannot be opened or removed.          
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Paint, special white      
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Running boards      
Sunroof        
Tow hook(s), frontUsed to connect the vehicle with another, so one of them can tow the other out of the mud.        
Wheel-lip moldingsExtensions to the wheel opening, both decorative and protective.      
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.          
Conversation mirrorEnables driver to view rear passenger compartment without turning around.      
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.    
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.  
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs cast a soft glow over and/or highlight parts of the interior.          
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.          
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.          
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors      
Visor mirror, driver          
Visor mirror, passenger          
Powertrain (show)  
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.
Transmission coolerOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.      
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row buckets          
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench      
Third-row 2-section 3-person split bench      
All-weather floor matsAll-weather floormats.      
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Door sill trim plates            
Floor mats
Foldaway tray table, second rowErects between the seats; in vans stows against a seat to open up walk through; in sedans stows in a console.          
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats        
Heated second row seats          
Illuminated door sill trim plates      
Leather door panel trim          
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.        
Leather-wrapped steering wheel    
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.
Manual height adjuster, driver seat        
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.        
Manual recliner, second row seats
Manual recliner, third row seats
Memory system, driver seat          
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat    
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat          
Power height adjuster, driver seat    
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.      
Power recliner, driver seat    
Power recliner, passenger seat          
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.    
Stain-resistant fabricFabric that resists stains, and in many cases odors as well.          
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.      

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Option Package Contents

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Tech Package

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
Trailering equipment (7 wire)
Around view cameras
Traffic + travel information
Bluetooth audio streaming
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Premium Package

Features
Sunroof
Glass roof panel(s)

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