Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Murano VS 2018 Toyota Highlander Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Murano

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2018 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Highlander has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Toyota Highlander:

 

Murano

Highlander

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

47%

Neck Stress

292 lbs.

509 lbs.

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

73 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

409/517 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Toyota Highlander:

 

Murano

Highlander

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

41 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

440 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

328

372

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

829 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 75 more horsepower (260 vs. 185) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 184) than the Highlander’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander:

 

 

Murano

Highlander

 

2WD

 

n/a

20 city/24 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto w/Start/Stop

 

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

4WD

 

 

20 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto w/Start/Stop

 

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

 

 

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto XLE/SE/Limited

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Highlander:

 

Murano

Highlander

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Highlander doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Highlander (111.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Highlander LE pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Highlander LE (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 600 pounds less than the Toyota Highlander.

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the Highlander (.33 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Highlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .2 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Highlander.

The front step up height for the Murano is 3.5 inches lower than the Highlander (15.8” vs. 19.3”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 4.4 inches lower than the Highlander’s (15.1” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Highlander doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left open on the Murano the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Highlander can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Highlander’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Murano has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Highlander.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Highlander, including $105 less for a water pump, $665 less for an alternator, $44 less for a starter, $13 less for fuel injection, $460 less for a fuel pump, $381 less for front struts and $792 less for a timing belt/chain.

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