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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

If you have spent any time outside in recent days, you have probably noticed that the landscape is dotted with SUVs now more than ever. This style of vehicle has become the go-to way of travel for many people, and a lot of that can be attributed to the rise of the crossover model. Crossovers provide a happy medium for people who want some of the power and capabilities of a traditional SUV while retaining a fuel economy that is easier on the wallet. Whether you are looking for a full-size SUV or a crossover, chances are you have very specific reasons for your preferences. Maybe you have a large family or an otherwise busy life that requires some added horsepower and cargo capacity. Maybe you like to adventure on the weekends and need the ability to tow your boat. Whatever the case may be, there are many options out there to choose from. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the 2017 Nissan Murano vs the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

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2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Toyota Highlander
260 HP Base Horsepower 185 HP
21/28 City/Hwy MPG Base Fuel Economy 20/24 City/Hwy MPG
1,500 Pounds Base Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
$29,770 Base MSRP $30,630

Power and efficiency with the 2017 Murano

When you think of a powerful engine, you might think that such power may come at the expense of fuel economy. The standard engine of the 2017 Murano packs a mightier punch than the standard engine of the 2017 Highlander, with 260 horsepower at your fingertips. The standard engine of the Highlander falls well short of that, producing 185 horsepower. Even so, the Murano gets an estimated 21 city and 28 highway miles per gallon, while the Highlander falls shy of that as well, achieving an estimated 20 city and 24 highway miles per gallon.

Both vehicles are able to tow 1,500 pounds with their respective base models. This kind of towing capacity can come in handy when you need to bring along something extra for your journeys. With the Murano, you can get that kind of towing, better fuel economy, and more horsepower, all for a lower base price. Both models are quality examples of why SUVs are so popular, but the Murano pulls ahead in a number of key areas.

silver 2017 Nissan Murano front top view
orange 2017 Nissan Murano front top side view
2017 Nissan Murano interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Murano interior seats and sunroof