2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Nissan Murano is an undoubtedly impressive family utility vehicle in multiple ways. In terms of exterior and interior design, performance, interior space and more, it is a crossover that passengers will love riding in and drivers will love to be seen in. It is sure to not only stand out on the road, but is sure to be a blast to drive day in and day out. But how does it stack up against the competition from other car brands? Let's take a closer look in this 2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Toyota Highlander comparison.

In order to give you as accurate of a comparison as we possibly can, we will be comparing the base trim level of both vehicles, which are the closest to each other in both price range and number of features. Continue reading to see the Murano and the Highlander compared by specific metrics. If you are in the Lee's Summit MO area and are considering the 2018 Nissan Murano, follow this link to our inventory of this vehicle. 

2018 Nissan Murano


2018 Toyota Highlander

28 Miles per Gallon* Highway Gas Mileage 24 Miles per Gallon
Standard Navigation System w/Voice Activation Not Available
260-hp, 3.5L V6 Engine Specifications 185-hp, 2.7L I4
Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning Manual

Which Family Utility Vehicle is Right for You?

This direct comparison gives us an obvious result: between these two family utility vehicles, the 2018 Nissan Murano is hands-down the better option. It has way better performance capabilities and way more luxury features that come standard. Let's take a closer look at why this is the case. 

In terms of vehicle performance, the 2018 Murano has so much more to offer than the 2018 Highlander. With a significantly more powerful engine in the 2018 Murano, acceleration is going to be way easier and it will definitely be more fun to drive. Additionally, with more engine power often comes worse fuel efficiency, but this is not true with these two vehicles. At 28 mpg on the highway*, as opposed to 24 for the Highlander, it is also going to save you a lot of gas money. 

Additionally, features like a voice-activated navigation system and dual-zone automatic air conditioning are great luxury features to have. Especially since these two vehicles come at a similar MSRP, why not get the vehicle that is going to feel like much more of a luxury car? 

*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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