2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

Out of all the automotive options out there, midsize crossovers seem to be one of the most versatile and truly family-friendly options for those who are frequently on the go. Just a decade ago, crossovers didn’t really exist in the way that they do now, and now they’ve taken the dealership lots by storm.

The 2017 Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander comparison takes two of the most popular midsize crossovers that have found success since their production dates which began in the early 2000’s. Since then, they have continued to grow and mold into the flexible and feature-filled vehicles they are today.

Both vehicles compete neck-in-neck in terms of MSRP and offer more luxurious trims than most, but it’s the Nissan Murano’s recent and more futuristic redesign that helps it to break away from the competition and pull ahead.

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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander
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Having earned more awards over that last two years than any other SUVs in its class, it’s a safe bet that the 2017 Nissan Murano is a reliable and quality vehicle at its very core. What’s unique about the Murano is that it certainly has the space to fit in a third row of seating, but it chooses not to. Instead it leaves this duty to the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder, and opens up a spacious cabin to promote communication and comfort.

Take the rear seats for example, depending on the trim that you might choose, they are able to recline and can be heated. There also are two USB ports in the back for passengers to charge their phones or control the music playlist. Nobody likes a backseat driver…but a backseat dj is pretty handy.

Finally the 2017 Toyota Highlander is being brought up to speed and being given a more powerful V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for the 2017 Nissan Murano, it continues to trust in its 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 with a continuously variable transmission. The Murano pumps out 260 horsepower and still manages to earn an impressive fuel economy rating, estimated at 21 city/28 hwy mpg.

Although not as popular, there are hybrid models available to both SUVs for those who are interested in making the switch to a partially electric vehicle. To learn more about the Nissan Murano in depth, we would love to welcome you here to Glendale Nissan. Sign up for a test drive today and find out more about its capabilities.

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