2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

What are you looking for from your next crossover or SUV? Do you require passenger space that will fit the whole family or will work for carpools to football practice? Is cargo space a priority for you? Do you want a SUV that will deliver mud-slingin’ thrills when you hit the trail? Tailor-made for fun and family, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner checks all the boxes. Learn more about the adventurous Toyota 4Runner in this 2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder comparison at J. Pauley Toyota.

Toyota 4Runner models are built upon a rugged, body-on-frame foundation that lends itself to incredible thrills when you are faced with extreme terrain. Available in six trim levels - SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited and TRD Pro - the 2017 Toyota 4Runner can be tailored to fit your specifications. A bold style is complemented by a versatile interior that is available in five- and seven-passenger configurations - an element that the Nissan Pathfinder cannot match.

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2017 Toyota 4Runner VS 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
270-Horsepower 4.0-Liter V-6 Engine 284-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
5/7 Passengers Passenger Space 7 Passengers
47.2/89.7 Cubic Feet Cargo Space 47.8/79.8 Cubic Feet
RWD, Part-Time 4WD and Full-Time 4WD Drivetrains FWD or AWD

What Are the Differences Between the Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Pathfinder?

Car shoppers in search of a dynamic and capable family hauler will find that the Toyota 4Runner is a step above the competition in this 2017 Toyota 4Runner vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder review. With the ability to be tailored to your specifications, the Toyota 4Runner adds an impressive 47.2 cubic feet behind the second row seats that translates to a mammoth 89.7 cubic feet with the seats laid flat. An available pull-out cargo deck with a 440-pound capacity is a valuable asset for families on the go and is accompanied by a standard Toyota Entune infotainment system and rear power outlets. Drivers who value utility and versatility will find that the Toyota 4Runner is a superior option.

Power and performance are key characteristics of top-tier SUVs and the 2017 Toyota 4Runner delivers on all counts. At the heart of the Toyota 4Runner design, you will find a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 engine that shells out an impressive 278 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota 4Runner makes 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Nissan Pathfinder editions counter with a 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes just 259 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a continuously variable transmission, the Nissan Pathfinder puts an emphasis on fuel economy over performance.

Where the Toyota 4Runner excels is where the blacktop ends. A standard rear-wheel drive system with an Automatic Limited Slip Differential, a part-time four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case and a full-time four-wheel drive system with a Torsen® center differential place the Toyota 4Runner among the most capable SUVs on the road. A Multi-Terrain Select system, Crawl Control feature, Hill-start Assist Control and a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System amplify off-road performance. Pathfinder models counter with a capable all-wheel drive system that will suffer in tough terrain.

Red 2017 Toyota 4Runner on Forest Trail
Red 2017 Toyota 4Runner Climbing Dirt Trail
Red 2017 Toyota 4Runner Rear Exterior on Hill
Black 2017 Toyota 4Runner Front Seat Interior