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2013 Nissan Murano Compared To The 2013 Toyota Highlander

When comparing the 2013 Nissan Murano to the 2013 Toyota Highlander, it is important to remember that the Highlander offers a low horsepower base engine for about the same price as the Murano’s V6 high horsepower engine. Also, the Murano seats five, while the Highlander squeezes a third row into its vehicle, allowing it to seat seven. A third difference is the inclusion of the Cabriolet convertible in the Murano family of vehicles.

Temperature Control

The Nissan Murano offers automatic temperature controls that regulate air flow as programmed by the two front row occupants. Nissan has also installed a unique mild-flow upper dash vent. Highlanders offer manual temperature controls with third row ventilation. Two-setting heated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are standards on some Nissan Muranos and Toyota Highlanders.


The basic stereo in the Murano is a 6-CD changer with six speakers and MP3/WMA playback ability. Other standards include multiple auxiliary audio jacks, a USB iPod interface, the Radio Data System, Bluetooth, and illuminated mounted controls on the steering wheel. Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges make it easy on the eyes and easy for drivers to see day or night. Upgrades include a Bose audio system with nine speakers and dual subwoofers. The Highlander also offers a six speaker audio system with a single CD changer, MP3 playback capability and Bluetooth.


The Murano offers 109 cubic feet of space for its five passengers and a large 30 cubic feet for their luggage. The Highlander provides 145 cubic feet for its seven passengers and a small 10 cubic feet for their luggage. Despite the two vehicle’s differences, the Murano offers similar or better headroom, legroom and shoulder room.

The Nissan Murano offers reclining seatbacks for its rear passengers. The 60/40 split seat has release levers in the cargo area to make it easy to fold them flat in just a minute. The Highlander offers middle bucket seats and a split 50/50 rear seat.


The V6 Murano offers 260 horsepower versus the larger V6 Highlander’s 270 horsepower. The base Highlander has a four cylinder engine that offers 187 horsepower with six speed automatic transmission. The V6 Highlander offers a five speed transmission. Comparing the Murano V6 with the Highlander V6, fuel economy is similar at 18/23 city/highway. The Murano, however, has a 22 gallon tank versus a Highlander’s 19 gallon tank.

The Murano offers a choice between front wheel drive and Nissan’s intuitive all wheel drive. The transmission is Nissan’s Xtronic CVT. This Continuously Variable Transmission is not limited to five or even six speeds because it can adjust more precisely than strictly mechanical gear boxes.

Check out our 2013 Nissan Murano Inventory at Montgomeryville Nissan.