2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Nissan Murano

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

Fuel Capacity

  19.2 gal.

Seating Capacity

  8


2018 Nissan Murano

2018 Nissan Murano

Fuel Capacity

  19.0 gal.

Seating Capacity

  5

2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Nissan Murano

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The 2018 Toyota Highlander gets compared to many other three-row SUVs. How does it compare to two-row SUVs? In this comparison, the Highlander will match up with the 2018 Nissan Murano. The two are tied in the midsize and crossover SUV categories at U.S. News and World Report.

Size

If you need a big ride to handle carpool duty, Highlanders offer a 144.9-cu.ft. cabin for six, seven or eight. Muranos can't do carpool duty, seating up to five in 108.1 cubic feet of space. Highlanders have more front head room, hip room and legroom than the Murano. The three-row Toyota has the same second-row headroom and legroom as the Murano. It also has slightly more second-row shoulder and hip room. If you compare cargo volume behind the second row, the Murano has 31 cubic feet whereas the Highlander can claim up to 42 cubes. When it comes to total cargo space, Highlanders offer up to 83 cubic feet whereas Muranos are limited to 67 cubes. It is interesting to note that despite the Highlander's bigger size, it manages to have the same turning circle as the rival Murano. This suggests that it is equally maneuverable in tight spaces.

Performance

Comparing the Highlander V6 with the Murano V6, drivers will appreciate the Toyota's capability. The Murano 3.5-liter V6 generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Trailering capability is rated at 1,500 pounds. Highlander drivers command 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque from their 3.5-liter V6 engine. Trailering is rated at 5,000 pounds. Even though the Highlander is bigger and has more power, it earns only 1 mpg less in city/highway driving than the Murano. This means you are moving more people and bigger loads for less. One of the keys is the Highlander's exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission. It is simply more efficient than the Murano's CVT automatic. For the best fuel economy of the bunch, the 306-horsepower Highlander Hybrid promises as much as 30 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Safety

The 2018 Toyota Highlander has earned all five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for both its front-wheel and all-wheel drive editions. The Murano only has five stars if it has all-wheel drive. When it comes to avoiding a crash, the Highlander has five standard systems whereas the Murano only has one. Both SUVs have a forward collision warning with an autobrake. Toyota includes a pedestrian watch with this feature. Highlander buyers get intelligent high beams and adaptive cruise control to assist with driving tasks. A lane departure warning includes a lane keeper to maintain the Highlander's best trajectory.

Quality

U.S. News and World Report writes that the Highlander has luxury-like, high-end touches and a soft and quiet ride. The Toyota has a mixture of tremendous value and quality, according to U.S. News. Standards include a touchscreen, voice recognition, five USB ports, rearview camera and Toyota Safety Sense crash avoidance features. The Murano offers similar dash tech but it doesn't offer a complete safety package. Highlanders come in five trims whereas the Murano comes in three. For both, top luxuries includes a panoramic roof, two rows of heated seats, heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. Highlander XLE and higher editions come with Driver Easy Speak to make it simple for parents to talk to kids on the back row. Highlanders also offer a dual-screen entertainment center.

Whether your emphasis is on spaciousness, safety or conveniences for your family, the 2018 Highlander holds its own. Try it out at Kerry Toyota and learn more about its class-leading technologies.


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