2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

Modern SUVs have to be so much more complex than what they used to be since buyers are now interested in getting as much as possible for the money that they pay. The SUVs have to deliver all the strength required to go through all weather conditions, terrains, need to include the technology that is necessary to be connected as you drive for a longer distance and high versatility associated with great style and high comfort.

What is interesting is that both the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Nissan Murano actually manage to offer everything that was highlighted above. Interested buyers end up having to choose between two highly capable and strong SUVs.

The best way to analyze the vehicles is to look at the base trim version. Obviously, you will want to look at the higher trims if you can afford it. Some additions may be enough for you to make the final choice.

Noteworthy Differences

We need to acknowledge the fact that both the 2017 Toyota Highlander LE and the 2017 Nissan Murano S have very similar starting prices. Murano is a little bit lower by around $1,000 but in this market sector it is not that much.

When looking under the SUV’s hood the 2017 Nissan Murano offers 250 hp with a fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon while on the highway. 2017 Toyota Highlander LE offers less, with just 185 hp and a fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon while on the highway.

Many buyers are interested in the space that is available. The cargo volume offered in regular setup by Murano S is 32.1 cubic feet. Highlander has an interior that is more spacious. Test drives are recommended to see if the space is an important differentiator for you. Generally, the Murano has more cargo space while Highlander offers more space inside the cabin.


When looking simply at the stats listed on paper, the 2016 Nissan Murano is going to be a better purchase. It is cheaper and more powerful. Things can change when looking at the higher trims though and any SUV purchase is subjective to some degree. If you can afford to pay a little more there are some 2017 Toyota Highlander LE trims that are great.