2018 Toyota 4Runner

Starting Price: $35,605 | Price yours

Above Average: Towing capability, great resale value

Below Average: Price, exterior styling, handling

Consensus: An expensive choice for an SUV that's ready for a makeover


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Starting Price: $32,015 | Price yours

Above Average: Cargo and people space, driving comfort

Below Average: Infotainment

Consensus: Lots of nice features give it plenty of buyer appeal


The Toyota 4Runner’s traditional look still holds true for this year’s model. The Wilderness and TRD Enhancement packages are new as well. The 4Runner’s reliability and high value put it toward the very top of KBB’s 2018 Best Resale Value Awards list. The Nissan Pathfinder has a sedan-like look and feel that make for a comfortable drive. Automatic emergency braking and a new Rear Door Alert system are now standard. Spacious third-row seating is reason why the Pathfinder has been a four-time member of our annual list of Best Family Cars.

Toyota 4Runner Advantages

Underbody skid plates and 9.6 inches of ground clearance. Four Multi-terrain modes to provide the right amount of throttle and traction settings for your situation.

Nissan Pathfinder Advantages

A quiet, comfortable highway ride. Adult-sized third-row space. Better fuel economy.


Plenty of towing capacity, standard V6 power

Final Recommendation

The Toyota 4Runner doesn’t have great fuel economy or appealing enough safety, comfort and drivability compared to other choices in the segment, but offers stellar resale and off-road ability. The Nissan Pathfinder has the more consumer-friendly features overall, as well as a lower price tag.

  2018 Toyota 4Runner 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 4.0-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 270 hp @ 5,600 rpm 284 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 278 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 259 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 5-speed Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 18 mpg (17 city/21 hwy) 22 mpg (19 city/26 hwy)
Also Available Three-row seating  
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 109.8 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 190.7 inches 198.5 inches
Width 75.8 inches 77.3 inches
Height 71.5 inches 70.6 inches
Turning Diameter 37.4 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 39.3 inches 42.2 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 38.6 inches 39.4 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 34.3 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 42.2 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 32.9 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 29.3 inches 30.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 57.8 inches 60.9 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 57.8 inches 60.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 57.7 inches 57.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 97.3 cu. ft. 154.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 89.7 cu. ft. 79.8 cu. ft.
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