Compare the Toyota Highlander to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer & Nissan Pathfinder

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There is no shortage of options when it comes to midsize SUVs -- and yet there's nothing quite like the Toyota Highlander. Its spacious, sophisticated, and safe design helps it to stand out from the family-crossover crowd. This premium-feeling package earns it a spot as a 2016 Best Buy Finalist among midsize SUVs, as well as a 2016 Best Overall Value of the year award by IntelliChoice, continuing its five-year winning streak.

Why shop for the latest Highlander in Newark? The 2017 welcomes more than 10 significant refinements over the outgoing model, including an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine upgrade that delivers more power and efficiency. This powerhouse comes paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission for smoother and more efficient performance. A restyled front and rear end give onlookers a good indication that there's something different going on under all of that sculpted sheet metal. A customer favorite is the new Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite of driver assist technologies, that now comes standard on every 2017 Highlander model.

There are also Toyota-exclusive reasons to choose the Highlander over the competition, such as its industry-leading reliability and ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance program that comes with every new Toyota. You can find out more about how the Highlander measures up to its crossover competitors by scrolling through the comparison below. We pit the 2017 model against the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder, and we think you'll be impressed with what the Highlander has to offer.

 Jeep Grand Cherokee
 Honda Pilot
 Ford Explorer
 Nissan Pathfinder

Highlander vs Jeep Grand Cherokee

  • Have peace of mind knowing that your new Toyota Highlander comes with a 2-year/25,000-mile ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance plan
  • The Highlander can accommodate 8 passengers with 3rd row seating. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can only fit 5 passengers
  • Not only can the Highlander accommodate more passengers, everyone will be more comfortable with an extra 1.6" shoulder room, extra 3.9" front leg room, and an extra 0.8" front head room than the Grand Cherokee offers
  • The Highlander offers more overall cargo space than the Grand Cherokee
  • The Grand Cherokee offers maximum trailering capacity (lbs) of 3500 while the Highlander's maximum trailering capacity (lbs) is 5000
  • The Highlander has 18 x 7.5 front and rear wheels; the Grand Cherokee front and rear wheels are 17 x 8
  • The Highlander has 295 horsepower @ 6600 rpm. The Grand Cherokee is less powerful with 293 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
  • Get more torque with the Highlander: 263 SAE Net Torque @ 4700 rpm vs the Grand Cherokee's 260 SAE Net Torque @ 4000 rpm
  • The Highlander offers an estimated 20 MPG City/27 MPG Highway/23 MPG Combined. The Grand Cherokee offers 18 MPG City/25 MPG Highway/21 MPG Combined

Highlander vs Honda Pilot

  • Have peace of mind knowing that your new Toyota Highlander comes with a 2-year/25,000-mile ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance plan
  • The Highlander Limited AWD comes standard with Driver Easy Speak, a feature not offered when you buy the Honda Pilot Touring AWD
  • Feel safe in the Highlander with Downhill Assist Control on AWD models; this feature is not available on the Honda Pilot
  • The Highlander offers 12 speakers, while the Pilot only offers 10
  • For your convenience, the Highlander offers color-keyed heating power outside mirrors with memory, turn signal and blind spot warning indicators plus puddle lamps and folding features
  • The Pilot offers a power tailgate; however, the Highlander offers a convenient flip-up rear hatch window and a height-adjustable power liftgate with jam protection
  • You won't find Independent MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension or front and rear stabilizer bars in the Honda Pilot, but you will find these features in the new Highlander
  • The Highlander has a smaller turning radius of 38.7 ft vs the Pilot's 39.4 ft turning circle
  • Enjoy 8" of ground clearance in the Highlander. The Pilot's ground clearance is only 7.3"
  • While both vehicles offer LED Daytime Running Lights, only the Highlander offers an on/off feature
  • Projector-beam halogen smoked-chrome accent headlights with auto on/off feature can be found in the Highlander, but not in the Pilot

Highlander vs Ford Explorer

  • Have peace of mind knowing that your new Toyota Highlander comes with a 2-year/25,000-mile ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance plan
  • Enjoy the safety of 8 airbags in the Highlander; the Explorer only offers 7
  • All Toyota Highlander models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P. Ford offers a similar feature; however, it will cost you an additional $4,150
  • Feel more comfortable in the Highlander with the three-zone automatic climate control system, versus the Explorer Limited's two-zone climate control
  • The new Highlander offers a unique Stop & Start Engine System, which is not available in the Explorer
  • The Highlander offers superior horsepower: 295 @ 6660 rpm vs 280 @ 5600 rpm
  • If you're looking for an SUV in Newark with towing capabilities, the Highlander is the vehicle for you. The Highlander can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Explorer Limited 4WD can tow up to 2,000 lbs; even if you upgrade to the Explorer Class II Trailer Tow Package, which can tow up to 3,000, the towing capabilities still can't match the Highlander

Highlander vs Nissan Pathfinder

  • Have peace of mind knowing that your new Toyota Highlander comes with a 2-year/25,000-mile ToyotaCare no-cost maintenance plan
  • Stay safe with the Highlander's standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Auto High Beams. These features are not available in the Pathfinder
  • The Highlander offers 8 airbags versus 6 available in the Pathfinder
  • The Highlander has a Stop & Start Engine System, the Pathfinder does not
  • Find more horsepower in the Highlander than the Pathfinder: 295 horsepower @ 6660 rpm vs 284 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
  • You will spend less time at the gas station when you buy the Highlander. The Highlander has an estimated 22 MPG City/26 MPG Highway/22 MPG Combined vs the Pathfinder's estimated 19 MPG City/26 MPG Highway/21 MPG Combined

To find your very own 2017 Highlander, simply visit the new Toyota showroom at Newark ToyotaWorld. Our facility is centrally located for drivers all over the Wilmington, Middletown, and Bear area, and we encourage you to drop by at your leisure. Not only can you test drive any of our available Highlander models, but you can also have a one-on-one consultation about your Toyota financing options. Feel free to reach out to our staff with questions at 302-368-6262.