2017 Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer

2017 Toyota Highlander vs. Competitors

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Mid-size SUVs are a hot topic right now. We at Hurlbert Toyota in EppingNH think the 2017 Toyota Highlander is the best option on the market, of course, but how does it size up to the competition? To determine this, we compared the 2017 Highlander to other popular nameplates in the segment: the 2017 Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder.

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Fuel Economy

Gas mileage maybe isn’t the first thing you think of when you think of an SUV, and that’s because their heavier weight and more powerful engines cause them to guzzle more fuel. However, an efficient SUV can put money back in your pocket. The Explorer, Pilot, and Pathfinder all get 16, 18, and 19 mpg in the city, respectively, while the Toyota Highlander takes the cake with 20 mpg.* When it comes to highway mileage, the Highlander matches a healthy 26 mpg with the Pathfinder and the Pilot, while the Explorer trails behind at 23 mpg.*



Horsepower is similar between the four models, with the Explorer, Pilot, and Pathfinder’s engines cranking out 290, 280, and 284 hp. The Highlander’s 295 horsepower engine has at least a 5-hp advantage over the competition. It gets more torque than its segment rivals, too.


Towing Capacity

The Pathfinder is in the lead here with a 6000-pound towing capacity, but both the Pilot and the Highlander can tow 5,000 pounds, while the Explorer falls behind with only a 2,000-pound towing capacity.


Verdict: Superior fuel economy and a more powerful engine, paired with decent towing capacity, make the 2017 Toyota Highlander a solid pick for drivers everywhere.