Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander


Battle of the Midsize SUVs: Is the 2017 Nissan Murano or 2017 Toyota Highlander Better for Your Dulles Lifestyle?

The midsize crossover SUV is truly one of the most versatile vehicles that you can buy in Dulles--it can tow and haul, but still offers decent fuel economy; it can carry your family and keep them safe, but still cut a sharp figure at a movie premier downtown. And for shoppers in Sterling, Washington DC, Chantilly, and Leesburg, their decision typically comes down to a very small number of possible options for midsize SUVS--including the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Murano.

If you're stuck trying to decide between the two, Brown's Dulles Nissan can help. We've taken a hard look at the Highlander to see how it matches up against the competitive Nissan Murano.

Read below to compare Murano vs Highlander, and view price and performance, features and options, and more.

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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

At the heart of each, the Murano is typically more well-suited to adventurous younger drivers and weekend warriors, smaller families looking for a stylish daily driver, and commuters in need of a spacious interior. The 2017 Highlander, after its more recent redesign, is really billed toward families, with a huge body and three rows of seating. However, we can still compare the basics of these two SUVs to help you get a feel for similarities and differences.


  • The 2017 Murano has a more affordable starting price
  • Highlander can't hold a candle to the sharp and modern style of the stunning new Murano
  • Murano seats five passengers; the Highlander, up to seven
  • Both models offer available all-wheel drive
  • The Nissan Murano offers more cargo space behind the rear seats--but the Highlander offers more total cargo space when seats are folded
  • In estimated fuel economy ratings, the 2017 Murano comes out on top
  • The 2017 Murano offers more standard horsepower than the Highlander's base engine--though the expensive V6 option on Toyota's SUV does boost horsepower and torque above that of the Murano's base engine
  • The Highlander does come in hybrid form, which the Murano can't match, but it's pricey and only improves fuel economy by a small fraction
  • The Nissan Murano offers a new Midnight Edition Package for a bold upgrade

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Still thinking about buying or leasing a Toyota Highlander near Sterling? Visit Brown's Dulles Nissan to see why the Murano could be the right choice for you--or browse other new Nissan SUVs like the Pathfinder or Rogue if you need a SUV with three rows of seating.