Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander

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Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander

Compare the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander in Memphis TN

How does our automaker's flagship mid-size SUV, Nissan Murano, fare against segment favorites like Toyota Highlander? At first, it can be hard to tell where to begin looking for differences, let alone distinctions. Both are exceptionally dependable, capable, safe, and comfortable, not to mention well-equipped tech-wise. Look closely at the details, however, and you'll see just where Nissan pulls ahead, while Toyota falls behind on the trail. The experts here at Jim Keras Nissan have made it easy.


Nissan Murano is both more powerful from the get-go and better with gas than Toyota Highlander. For one, a 3.5-liter V6 capable of 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque comes standard. Secondly, it can achieve up to 20 mpg in a city like Southaven, 28 mpg on the highway to Barlett TN, and 23 mpg combined between Olive Branch TN and Lakeland, and in both FWD and AWD. That's according to EPA estimates.

Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, only produces 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in its base LE trim. Plus, it can only get 19 mpg city in base models with AWD, not to mention only 27 mpg highway in FWD.


Nissan Murano has more variety among its driver-assist features for the Cordova drive than Toyota Highlander. An Intelligent Driver Alertness feature, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking all come standard, for one, as are a Blind Spot Warning system and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Plus, an Intelligent Around View Monitor is available as early as the SV trim, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Traffic Sign Recognition are all available in SL and standard in Platinum.

Toyota Highlander may offer the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite standard, but it's less comprehensive.


Nissan Murano offers luxury perks that Toyota Highlander doesn't. A power driver's seat that adjusts in ten ways and features two-way power lumbar support comes standard in the SV trim, while heated and cooled front seats are standards in the Platinum trim. You can even get rear-seat heating and a heated steering wheel, as both come standard in SL and Platinum.

In Toyota Highlander, you can only get eight-way power driver's seating, and only in the step up to LE Plus. Heated and ventilated front seats are only optional, there's no rear-seat heating offered, and a heated steering wheel's only optional at the top of the line.


Nissan Murano keeps you better connected and entertained for a Collierville excursion than Toyota Highlander. An 8-inch NissanConnect touch-screen infotainment system with voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM and HD Radio comes standard, for instance, and you can get an available 11-speaker Bose premium audio system as soon as the SV trim.

The Toyota Highlander base features an infotainment system that measures only 6.1 inches; you'll have to graduate to LE Plus to get one measuring 8 inches as well as SiriusXM and HD Radio. Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is offered, and you must go to the top of the line to get a 12-speaker JBL system.

See How the New Nissan Murano Fares Firsthand at Our Dealership in Memphis

The best way to do it is to schedule a test drive with us here at 2080 Covington Pike. We'll be glad to introduce you to all a Nissan SUV can do for your drive. While you're here, be sure to consider the many SUV loan and Nissan lease offers our auto financing department makes available. We hope to see you soon!