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2021 Nissan Murano vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Nissan
Murano

MSRP*: $32,810 to $45,910
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2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
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Invoice* $30,805 to $43,084 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 20 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 28 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 65.0 - 67.0 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 260 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 192.8 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 75.4 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 40.5 in
Rear 38.7 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 38.1 - 39.9 in
Rear 37.8 - 39.8 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Nissan Murano, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Toyota Highlander offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Nissan Murano, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Nissan Murano as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Nissan Murano will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota Highlander. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Nissan Murano and the Toyota Highlander have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Nissan Murano is about the same width as the Toyota Highlander. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Murano takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Nissan Murano has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Toyota Highlander is clearly the choice over the Nissan Murano for pulling heavy loads. The Nissan Murano has a little less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With its lower torque engine, the Nissan Murano doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Toyota Highlander.

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Nissan Murano seats a lot fewer people than the Toyota Highlander. The Nissan Murano has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
The Nissan Murano comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.