Compare 2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

Specs at a Glance

2018 Nissan Murano

2018 Nissan Murano

Engine Power

  260 hp

Cargo Space

  32.1 cu. ft.

2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

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The sports utility vehicle (SUV), has come a long way in the past few years. At one time, your only option for an SUV was something substantial that consumed a lot of fuel. Now, there are so many different sized SUVs and crossover SUV’s that your options probably seem endless if you are shopping for something new. Two front-runners in the midsize SUV market right now are the 2018 Nissan Murano and the 2018 Toyota Highlander. They are both appropriately priced at about the same price point, and they both have a lot of features that you will be able to consider. Depending on what you are looking for, you should compare things like power, safety, efficiency and interior features. Let’s take a look at these two vehicles.


One of the first things that you notice about a vehicle is what the exterior looks like. If you don’t like the exterior, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to the rest of the vehicle, and you move on to something else. The Nissan Murano is a very sporty SUV, and it stands out from the Highlander, which is pretty basic when it comes to exterior styling. The Murano has much smoother curves and looks far more compact than the Highlander. Toyota still seems to be manufacturing more of the boxy-looking vehicles that went out of style years ago.


Regardless of what you will primarily be using your vehicle for, the Nissan Murano stands out as having the more safety features standard and more options if you want to upgrade. Toyota was pretty thrifty this year in the making of the Highlander, and you will find only the essential safety features that are required from an auto manufacturer. Nissan has a great infotainment system on the front dash that provides you with plenty of great features to help you stay safe while on the road. You get lane departure warning systems, blind spot monitoring, rear-view cameras that help with parking and driving in reverse and don’t forget about the OnStar capabilities. You will feel safe when you get behind the wheel of the Murano, and it makes for an excellent family car if you have children that you will be driving along with.


When it comes to power under the hood, the Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 3.5-liter engine that provides 260 horsepower at 6,000 RPM. The Toyota Highlander comes with a 2.7-liter engine that only provides 185 horsepower at 5,800 RPM. When it comes to merging power and road handling, the Murano is for sure the way to go. If you have a lot of cargo to tote along in your vehicle with you or you want to tow something behind your vehicle on a trailer, you’ll need that power, and it surely won’t go to waste if you invest in the Murano.

After comparing both the 2018 Nissan Murano and the 2018 Toyota Highlander, the Murano seems to very much stand out from its competitors. It is a very afToyotaable vehicle that comes packed with all of the best features available on the market right now. If you are interested in finding out more about the Murano or would like to take it for a test drive, stop down to Suburban Nissan of Farmington Hills. You will be greeted by one of our knowledgeable staff members who will walk you through the Murano and any of the other vehicles on our lot that you are interested in.