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Families looking at SUV’s are interested in safety, comfort, and performance; however, the key to the right model is often in the details. Two top contenders on any list are the 2020 Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander. While both models have plenty to offer, the Murano comes out on top for a variety of reasons.


Both the 2020 Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander are efficient as they cruise down the highway. Not only are they competitive with each other, but they are also competitive with other SUV’s on the road. You’ll make fewer stops at the gas station with the Murano because it has a larger fuel tank at 19.0 gallons compared to 17.9 gallons with the Toyota. The Murano also has a slightly lighter weight, which makes it easier to handle in some situations. The GVWR, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, is 5,110 pounds, which is under the 5,830 pounds of the Highlander. Both models do offer all-wheel drive, which allows you to take on more road challenges.

Storage and Convenience

Bring along more items when you travel in the 2020 Nissan Murano. Both models allow you to fold the rear seats to fit in extra luggage; however, the cargo volume for the Nissan is about double the Highlander at 32.1 cubic feet compared to 16.0 cubic feet for the Toyota. With seats folded, the Murano has 67.0 cubic feet of space to fit in more cargo over the 48.4 cubic foot capacity of the Highlander.


Both models use the latest technology to keep you entertained with a radio/satellite system. With the 2020 Nissan Murano, you can still go old-school with a standard CD player and MP3 capability while the Toyota Highlander doesn’t offer either as an option. They include infotainment systems to help you stay informed and entertained with Bluetooth streaming to expand media options.

Safety and Comfort

Feel secure on the road with either the Toyota or Nissan. Both come equipped with advanced safety technology; however, the 2020 Nissan Murano offers a slightly longer period for Roadside Assistance at 36 months or 36,000 miles, compared to Toyota with 24 months. Enjoy a comfortable ride in these SUV’s, both offering an eight-way power driver seat even on the base trim. The Murano features lumbar support for the driver, which the Highlander doesn’t offer. While both models include multiple airbags, the Murano provides a knee protection airbag for both the driver and front passenger, while the Toyota SUV limits it to the driver. The Murano also includes parking assist as an available option even on the lowest trim level while the Toyota SUV doesn’t offer it at all.

While both models have a lot of reasons for families to give them a second look, the 2020 Nissan Murano does so at a slightly lower price. To find out how this model can fit your needs, come out to Nissan of San Jose and see it in person. Come take it for a test drive and discover how it works for your family.