2020 4Runner vs. Pathfinder Comparison

Like most Toyota models, the 4Runner has a lasting and distinct legacy. Based on the Hilux truck platform, Toyota first introduced 4Runner in 1984.

The Nissan Pathfinder has been around a while, too, as it was introduced in 1985. It was originally offered as a two-door SUV based on Nissan’s truck platform. Since 1995, the Pathfinder body construction has switched back and forth between unibody and body-on-frame. It is now back to a unibody crossover for its fourth generation. The 4Runner stayed consistent with body-on-frame construction throughout its production years.

In this head-to-head comparison, we'll look at the Toyota 4Runner and Nissan Pathfinder to see who takes the lead in categories like interior features and comfort, performance, and reliability.

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Interior

The 4Runner Limited cranks tunes through a 15-speaker JBL® audio system. In comparison, the Pathfinder Platinum is equipped with a 13-speaker Bose® system.

 

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Interior

  • The 4Runner boasts a whopping 88.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity with its second and available third row seats folded down.
  • Both vehicles offer available seating for up to 7 people.
  • Heated front seats come standard on the 4Runner SR5 Premium.
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Performance

The 4Runner is ready for off-roading with its body-on-frame construction and 4X4 trims which have 9.6-inches of ground clearance. Pathfinder is built on a unibody chassis with a smaller 7.0-inches of ground clearance.

 

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Performance

  • The 4Runner features a body-on-frame construction while the Pathfinder is built on a unibody chassis.
  • The 4Runner SR5 Premium 4x4 beats the Pathfinder S 4x4 in terms of torque with 278 lb.-ft. @4400 RPM versus 259 lb.-ft. @4400 RPM on the Pathfinder S 4x4.
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Reliability

ToyotaCare is a major advantage for Toyota. All leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles receive factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, plus 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles. Nissan includes 24-hour Roadside Assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles, but Nissan only offers paid maintenance programs like Security+Plus which comes at an additional cost.

 

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Reliability

  • All leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles come with a scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, plus 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles.
  • The 4Runner has won Best Resale Value: Top 10 for eight years in a row (2013-2020) by Kelley Blue Book’s® KBB.com.
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Conclusion: 4Runner vs. Pathfinder

The 4Runner and Pathfinder are both fierce competitors. Each SUV has its pluses. However, 4Runner offers more cargo space and greater interior comforts such as standard heated seats on the SR5 Premium model.

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Conclusion: 4Runner vs. Pathfinder

  • The 4Runner offers more cargo space than the Pathfinder.
  • While the 4Runner features a body-on-frame construction, the Pathfinder is built on a unibody chassis.
  • All leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles receive factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles.
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