Compare Toyota FJ Cruiser vs. Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs. Nissan Murano

Compare the Toyota FJ Cruiser against the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Nissan Murano. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the FJ Cruiser, Highlander Hybrid and Murano stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new FJ Cruiser, Highlander Hybrid and Murano. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Nissan Murano
2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Nissan Murano
RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • RWD 4dr Auto (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Man (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Auto (SE)
4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited w/3rd Row (SE)
2WD 4dr S
  • 2WD 4dr S
  • 2WD 4dr SL
  • AWD 4dr S
  • AWD 4dr SL
  • AWD 4dr LE


MSRP $23,320 $34,700 $27,680
Invoice $21,453 $31,577 $25,504
Avg. Paid $18,719 $18,443 $12,369

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.4 9.0 7.8
Critics' Rating 8.3 8.9 8.6
Performance 7.9 8.5 8.2
Interior 7.4 8.0 8.4
Cost to Own 8.5 8.9 9.0
Safety 8.6 8.9 9.0
Reliability 4.5 5.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

  • Off-road brawn
  • Well-made, easy-to-clean interior
  • Bold styling
  • Optional third row for family-friendly capacity
  • Seamless hybrid powertrain
  • Quiet ride, especially for a hybrid
  • Sporty for an SUV
  • Upscale interior
  • Top reliability rating
  • Subpar on-road performance
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Cramped back seat
  • Some poor-quality interior materials
  • Fuel savings may not justify the premium price
  • Base stereo system is disappointing
  • Needs premium fuel
  • Poor rearward visibility

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas/Electric V6 3.3L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 16 City / 20 Hwy 27 City / 25 Hwy 18 City / 23 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 4 Door Utility


Wheelbase(in) 105.9 109.8 111.2
Length, Overall (in) 183.9 188.4 188.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.6 75.2 74.1
Height, Overall (in) 70.9 68.1 67.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4050 4508 3855

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Terrain Optional
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard


Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional Optional
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Luggage Rack Optional Optional Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard
Power Liftgate Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Optional Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Optional Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Optional Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Optional Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) - TBD - 145.4 108.6
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 40.6 40.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 43.2 43.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 59.7 59.6
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 56.7 54.8
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 39.8 39.4
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 38.4 36.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 59.3 58.7
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 56.3 55.4
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 66.8 94.1 64.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 27.9 42.3 31.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional Optional Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Optional Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.3L/- TBD - 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 239 @ 5200 209 @ 5600 265 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 278 @ 3700 212 @ 3600 248 @ 4400
Transmission Automatic w/OD CVT Automatic Continuously Variable
Turning diameter 41.8 39.0 38.1


Hybrid Fuel Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 27 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 25 23
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 17.2 21.7


Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson Independent Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Dual-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Stabilizer Bar Coil Springs


Automatic Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.