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2012 Nissan Murano 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
     
AWD 4dr LE
  • 2WD 4dr S
  • AWD 4dr S
  • 2WD 4dr SV
  • AWD 4dr SV
  • 2WD 4dr SL
  • AWD 4dr SL
  • 2WD 4dr LE
  • AWD 4dr LE
  • AWD 2dr Convertible
4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr Limited (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)

Prices

MSRP $40,560 $34,900 $34,700
Invoice $37,349 $31,759 $31,577
Avg. Paid $27,204 $21,536 $18,443

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.2 8.8 8.8
Critics' Rating 7.9 8.6 8.9
Performance 8.0 8.4 8.5
Interior 8.3 8.0 8.0
Operating Cost 7.8 8.2 8.1
Safety 8.5 8.9 8.9
Reliability 4.5 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Upscale cabin
  • Ample engine power
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Outstanding reliability rating
  • Roomy cabin
  • Optional third row for family-friendly capacity
  • Seamless hybrid powertrain
  • Quiet ride, especially for a hybrid
Cons
  • Low safety score among 2012 affordable midsize SUVs
  • Not much fun to drive
  • Some poor-quality interior materials
  • Fuel savings may not justify the premium price
  • Base stereo system is disappointing

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas/Electric V6 3.3L/- TBD - Gas/Electric V6 3.3L/- TBD -
MPG 18 City / 23 Hwy 27 City / 25 Hwy 27 City / 25 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 111.2 109.8 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 189.9 188.4 188.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.1 75.2 75.2
Height, Overall (in) 68.1 68.1 68.1

Doors & Windows

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

Exterior Features

Dual Moonroof Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Running Boards Optional Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4250 4508 4508

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Optional Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Optional Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

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

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 104.8 145.4 145.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 40.6 40.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.6 43.2 43.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.6 59.7 59.7
Front Hip Room (in) 54.8 56.7 56.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 39.8 39.8
Second Leg Room (in) 36.3 38.4 38.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 59.3 59.3
Second Hip Room (in) 55.4 56.3 56.3
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 64.0 94.1 94.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 31.6 42.3 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional Optional

Seats

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

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch 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

Brakes

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 Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Front Tow Hooks Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard
All Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Electric V6 Gas/Electric V6
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.3L/- TBD - 3.3L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 260 @ 6000 209 @ 5600 209 @ 5600
Torque (Net @ RPM) 240 @ 4400 212 @ 3600 212 @ 3600
Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio CVT Automatic CVT Automatic
Turning diameter 39.4 39.0 39.0

Fuel

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

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Dual-link Dual-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Coil Springs Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Coil Springs Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard Standard Standard