Compare 2018 Nissan Murano


Nissan Murano vs Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander

Debating on whether to buy the new Nissan Murano or the Toyota Highlander in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio? Then let Ron Marhofer Nissan help you! For your convenience, our team has put together a comparison of the two models below. Upon taking a closer look, you will discover that our pick comes with qualities that put it ahead of its competitor. That is why we suggest those of you from Akron, Hudson, and other cities nearby to check out this model at our dealership serving the Greater Cleveland area!

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Nissan Murano VS. Toyota Highlander*

Both the new Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander are popular choices among today's consumers. However, putting these SUVs side by side shows that the Nissan has a little more to offer than its rival. For instance, its base-level 3.5L V6 outperforms the 2.7L I-4 Toyota engine. Its output is substantially higher, measuring out to 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, its opponent only generates 185 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. The former power source is more efficient too, sustaining as much as 21 city and 28 highway MPG whereas the latter manages just 20 city and 24 highway MPG. Furthermore, the new Nissan Murano comes with technologies such as a tire-specific pressure warning system and a proximity key as a standard whereas you would have to pay extra to get the same features with the Toyota Highlander.


Nissan Murano VS the Honda Pilot

Another pairing we often see is the Nissan Murano going up against the Honda Pilot. We'll break down the reasons you'll want to choose our crossover over the competition from Honda.

  • Aesthetics: looks are subjective, but the Murano cuts a more striking figure than the Pilot. The Murano has plenty of sharp angles and character lines that give it a sculpted look. The Pilot looks a little "bloated" and less exciting to get behind the wheel of.
  • Infotainment: all Murano trims come with a touchscreen that has Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capabilities. Even the base model! With the Pilot you won't find a touchscreen or those smartphone integrations on the base.
  • Advanced Safety Features: even on the Murano's base model you get forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Starting on the second trim you also get blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert. The Pilot's base trim doesn't have advanced safety features and before you get them standard on the top two trims you'd need to add on a package.
  • Navigation: it's pretty impressive that the Murano, which has a manufacturer starting price of $30,800, has standard navigation! You won't get navigation on the Pilot until you're one trim down from the top level. If you're someone who travels to new places often (or has a habit of getting lost easily) then this standard feature is a blessing.

The Honda brand has a solid reputation and is certainly no slouch, but the Nissan Murano does have areas where it'll appeal more to tech-savvy and style-forward shoppers than the Honda Pilot. To see how great the Murano really is, come down to our dealership for a test drive!


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Serving Drivers from the Greater Cleveland Area

As you can see, the new Nissan Murano is quite the desirable SUV! And to make it even more enticing, drivers from New Franklin, Kent, and surrounding areas can obtain one for an affordable price because its starting MSRP is lower than the Toyota Highlander! So the next time you are in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, be sure to stop into Ron Marhofer Nissan. We will let you experience this model firsthand and see for yourself why it gets two thumbs way up from our team.


*Comparison is between the 2017 Nissan Murano FWD S and the 2017 Toyota Highlander I4 FWD LE.