Used Highlander (2013ish) vs. New Pathfinder?

10

Asked by May 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM about the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Having resigned myself to an ongoing need for 3rd row seating, I'm
debating purchasing a low-mileage used Toyota Highlander (CPO, 20-30k
miles, v6, base trim) vs. a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder (base trim). In our area,
these vehicles are within 1k - 2k within each other in price.

Our priorities include 1. safety, 2. reliability, 3. price (<30k). I'm a little spooked by Nissan's past CVT troubles in Pathfinders. Would like to use the new vehicle for about 8 years, then downsize. I'd be very grateful for any insight and/or analyses into the pros/cons here. Many thanks, Caroline

6 Answers

1,475

Me, I'd go with the Highlander. the 1GR-FE motor is very stout, and not terribly fuel inefficient, with a combined City/HWY mileage of 22. They're comfortable and pick-up speed very well, all the while offering car-like manners and luxury car options (like back-up camera, navigation, and the like).

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
10

Thank you CtRacer_x -- any reason in particular you'd avoid the Pfinder, or just have an affinity for the Hlander?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
1,475

Well Nissan's are good vehicles, and have wonderful technology- the problem is they of then have annoying drivability issues (moreso than the Toyota), like the fact that you have to remove the intake manifold just to change the spark plugs, or the dreaded CVT transmission- plus the towing capacity on the Toyota is better. And from my experience, the Toyota is more forgiving for those who tend to forget regularly scheduled maintenance.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
10

Thanks again for your comments! We really like the Pathfinders, but the reliability ratings have us spooked.

46,065

Get the Highlander, the Nissans are on the bottom of the reliability list for Japanese vehicles.

12,035

Nissan the Worst of Asian vehicles, NEXT Highlander good enough (and the choice of) terrorists for use against.. Humvee's Kinda says a lot to me!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Pathfinder

Looking for a Used Pathfinder in your area?

CarGurus has 22,530 nationwide Pathfinder listings starting at $1,995.

ZIP:
Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Search Nissan Pathfinder Questions

Nissan Pathfinder Experts

#1 jmcalafactor
jmcalafactor
Reputation 1,030
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 500
#3 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 300
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Highlander
346 Great Deals out of 24,409 listings starting at $2,499
Used Honda Pilot
387 Great Deals out of 21,433 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota 4Runner
246 Great Deals out of 20,467 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford Explorer
945 Great Deals out of 72,287 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Armada
130 Great Deals out of 8,735 listings starting at $3,900
Used Nissan Murano
311 Great Deals out of 26,393 listings starting at $1,499
Used Nissan Xterra
98 Great Deals out of 3,427 listings starting at $1,900
Used GMC Acadia
483 Great Deals out of 47,842 listings starting at $4,995
Used Nissan Rogue
550 Great Deals out of 74,981 listings starting at $3,874
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,037 Great Deals out of 74,327 listings starting at $750
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
565 Great Deals out of 28,763 listings starting at $1,699
Used Acura MDX
219 Great Deals out of 18,869 listings starting at $1,100
Used Nissan Frontier
299 Great Deals out of 25,211 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Durango
275 Great Deals out of 22,651 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chevrolet Traverse
560 Great Deals out of 51,120 listings starting at $4,990

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD For Sale
1,032 listings starting at $24,990
2016 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD For Sale
130 listings starting at $17,500
2015 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD For Sale
28 listings starting at $14,495
2014 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 424 listings starting at $14,995
2013 Nissan Pathfinder S 4WD For Sale
93 listings starting at $11,999

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.