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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander


Nissan Murano in Pearl White

On the hunt for an SUV that can do more than just pack in all your cargo? You’re in luck! Both the 2018 Nissan Murano and the 2018 Toyota Highlander go above and beyond to keep you comfortable and safe on your way.

SUV shoppers in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket can learn more about how these two vehicles stack up against each other in our detailed comparison of the Nissan Murano vs. Toyota Highlander below. Read ahead to see which vehicle we at Stateline Nissan think will fit the lifestyles of those in this area!

Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander: Performance

Nissan Murano in Pearl WhiteThe 2018 Nissan Murano comes standardly equipped with a high-powered 3.5L V6 engine, which delivers an impressive mix of efficiency and power. This engine, which comes paired with an Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), delivers an incredible 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, as well as an efficient EPA-estimated 28 highway/21 city MPG.1

As for the 2018 Toyota Highlander, you won’t get nearly as much efficiency or power. Its standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine gives you just 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, as well as a lower EPA-estimated 24 highway/20 city MPG.

One other thing you’ll miss out on with this engine in the Highlander is an available all-wheel drivetrain. Unlike the Murano, the Highlander’s standard engine cannot be paired with an all-wheel drivetrain. You’ll have to upgrade for one.

Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander: Interior

When it comes to finding the right SUV for you, one of the first things that comes to mind is interior comfort. The 2018 Nissan Murano delivers in this category with plenty of space and comfort features. With all seats in use, you’ll have 32.1 spacious cubic feet of cargo space to take advantage of.

Nissan Murano InteriorAdditionally, to keep everyone on board comfortable, you’ll have a standard Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control System with an In-Cabin Microfilter. With this feature, you’ll be able to set two different temperatures if you so choose to make sure everyone is happy for as long as you’re driving.

When it comes to the 2018 Toyota Highlander, you won’t have even half as much cargo space without sacrificing a seat or two. In addition to only having 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, you won’t have the standard Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control system. You’ll have to upgrade several trim levels from the base trim to access this feature.

Check out the interior features in all Nissan Murano trim levels.

Murano vs Highlander: Impressive Safety

No matter where you’re heading, safety should always be a priority. In the 2018 Nissan Murano and the 2018 Toyota Highlander, both vehicles boast safety features, including collision prevention systems, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring systems.

One additional safety feature you’ll have on your side in the Murano that you won’t find in the Highlander is Automatic Emergency Braking. This standard feature in the Murano monitors your speed and will even apply the brakes for you when it detects that you’re approaching the car in front of you too quickly.

2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander: The Verdict

As you can see, there’s plenty to be excited about in both the 2018 Nissan Murano and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. However, it’s obvious that the Murano comes out on top with its standard power, impressive interior comfort, and extra safety features.

Still, don’t take our word for it! Shoppers in East Providence, Cranston, and Pawtucket should give us a call at Stateline Nissan today to schedule a test drive. Get behind the wheel and see for yourself what the Murano can do.


1 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 21 city / 28 highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.