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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

Why are you here taking a look at an SUV comparison? What has piqued your interest about this style of vehicle, particularly the crossover spin-off? Are you part of a family that likes to make new memories by traveling across the country? Do you like to go off on your own adventures into the Great Outdoors and experience sights and sounds you’ve never heard before? Do you have a favorite vacation spot you like to go for weekends? Maybe you lead a busy life and need the extra cargo space these kinds of vehicles offer. Whatever the case may be, crossover SUVs offer you a chance to experience these exciting moments life has to offer. Plus, with a crossover, you can enjoy a happy medium between a full-size SUV and a smaller, more efficient coupe or sedan. These kinds of models are quite popular in today’s world, and you have an abundance of options. Which one is right for you? Let’s look at the 2017 Nissan Murano vs the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander
260 HP Horsepower 185 HP
21/28 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 20/24 City/Hwy MPG
1,500 Pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
$29,770 Base MSRP $30,630

Higher power and more efficiency for a lower base price

Nissan and Toyota are two of the biggest automakers of the world, without question, and each of these models is impressive in its own right. When placed side-by-side, however, the Murano pulls ahead in a number of areas.

When you get behind the wheel of an SUV or crossover, you want to be sure the engine is capable enough to handle what your life throws its way. The 2017 Nissan Murano is equipped with a base engine capable of 260 horsepower, which far surpasses the 185-horsepower offered by the base engine of the 2017 Highlander. Does that come at the expense of fuel efficiency? Not in this case, as the Murano can get as much as 21 city and 28 highway miles per gallon, again beating the Highlander, with its base fuel economy of 20 city and 28 highway miles per gallon.

Clearly this must mean the Murano costs more, right? Not so. The base MSRP of the Murano is lower than the base MSRP of the Highlander. That is a number you actually want to see be lower.

orange 2017 Nissan Murano front top side view
2017 Nissan Murano exterior rear side view
2017 Nissan Murano interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Murano interior seats and sunroof