2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

In terms of design, comfort and convenience, the 2018 Nissan Murano gives drivers more of a luxury experience than many "luxury" crossovers. Also operating as a fantastic family utility vehicle, the 2018 Murano has a wide range of impressive features that drivers and their passengers are guaranteed to love. But how does this crossover stack up against the competition from other brands? Let's take a closer look in this 2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison.  In order to make sure you get an accurate comparison between these two vehicles, we will be comparing the base trim level for both vehicles, in order to compare the versions of both vehicles that are closest to each other in terms of price and features. Read more to see how the Murano and Highlander match up with specific metrics. If you are in the Kansas City KS area and are considering a new Nissan Murano, follow this link to our inventory of the vehicle. 

2018 Nissan Murano


2018 Toyota Highlander

28 mpg* Highway Gas Mileage 24 mpg
3.5L V6, 260-hp Engine 2.7L I4, 185-hp
32.1 cubic feet Interior Cargo Volume 13.8 cubic feet
2-Speed CVT Transmission 6-Speed Automatic

Which Family Utility Vehicle is Right for You? 

When it comes to every element of both vehicles, the 2018 Nissan Murano is easily superior to the 2018 Toyota Highlander. In terms of efficiency, power, handling and cargo, the 2018 Murano is going to give you and your family a better driving experience day in and day out.  In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2018 Murano gets an impressive 4 miles per gallon more than the 2018 Highlander*. While this difference may not seem major, it is important to note that this can lead to a ton of savings over the lifetime of the vehicle.  This difference is due in part to the 2-speed continuously variable transmission in the Murano, which does not come in the Highlander. This innovative transmission system not only leads to better gas mileage, but gives you a smoother ride with easier acceleration.  With better gas mileage often comes a less impressive engine to go with it, but this is definitely not true with 2018 Nissan Murano. It has a 3.5L V6 engine that generates up to 260 horsepower, which is much better than the engine in the Highlander.  Finally, the Nissan Murano has way more cargo space than the 2018 Highlander with no seats folded down. With up to 32 cubic feet of cargo space, the 2018 Nissan Murano is actually a much better vehicle for moving and traveling.  *Disclaimer: 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 21 city / 28 highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only 
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