Getting the Most Reliable Midsize SUV
Nissan or Toyota?
SUVs offer a spacious interior and comfortable ride for drivers who want more than what a compact crossover can offer. Two of the more popular and unique vehicles available in this category are the 2020 Nissan Murano and 2020 Toyota Highlander.
2020 Nissan Murano
The 2020 Nissan Murano is luxurious in both materials and ride quality, offering a peppy yet stable drive to all types of drivers. This two-row, five-seat SUV has a starting price around $33,000 for the base model, of which there are five configurations: S, SV, SL, Platinum, and Limited Edition.
All Murano models feature the same powertrain—a 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that produces 260 horsepower. The base S model comes with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is standard on all other trim levels.
The Murano S comes standard with an 8.0-inch NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system that features Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Safety features include a standard rearview monitor and intelligent driver alertness, intelligent emergency braking, and intelligent forward collision warning systems.
2020 Toyota Highlander
The 2020 Toyota Highlander is a larger SUV that the Murano, seating eight passengers and coming standard with a more powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower. However, it also has a much higher price tag with the base model starting at $39,990. The Highlander comes in seven models: L FWD, LE AWD, Hybrid LE AWD, XLE AWD, Hybrid XLE AWD, Limited AWD, and Hybrid Limited AWD.
The base model L FWD features an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, smart key with push button start, and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.
Choosing a 2020 Nissan Murano
It is hard to decide between the 2020 Nissan Murano and 2020 Toyota Highlander because they are in different classes and offer seating for a different number of passengers. For those looking for a good value and only needing to fit five people, the 2020 Nissan Murano is the best bet. It offers a unique design, vibrant drive, and better fuel economy over the Highlander.