Compare 2009 Nissan Murano vs 2008 Mazda CX-7

2009 Nissan Murano
2008 Mazda CX-7
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2WD 4-Door S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door S 18 23 $25,504 $27,680
2WD 4-Door SL 18 23 $26,930 $29,230
AWD 4-Door S 18 23 $26,975 $29,280
AWD 4-Door SL 18 23 $28,401 $30,830
AWD 4-Door LE 18 23 $34,315 $37,260
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FWD 4-Door Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Sport 17 22 $22,225 $23,750
AWD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $23,811 $25,450
FWD 4-Door Touring 17 22 $23,857 $25,500
FWD 4-Door Grand Touring 17 22 $24,603 $26,300
AWD 4-Door Touring 16 22 $25,442 $27,200
AWD 4-Door Grand Touring 16 22 $26,188 $28,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,504
$22,225
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,680
$23,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$461 / month
$396 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior. The 2008 Mazda CX-7 is a good choice for single folks or couples who might not prioritize backseat or cargo space but want sport-sedan performance with a lot more utility.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 39.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 55.8
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 41.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.6 101.7
Front Hip Room (in)
54.8 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 39.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
55.4 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 58.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.4 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 184.0
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
67.0 64.8
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 63.5
Wheelbase (in)
111.2 108.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 63.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
64.5 58.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.8 29.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 x 0.6 11.9 X 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 11.6 X 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.7 18.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.19 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
39.8 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/65TR18 P235/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
T165/90D18 T155/90D18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65TR18 P235/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3855 3710
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 9.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI DISI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4400 258 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
VQ35 NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 2.3L/138
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 6000 244 @ 5000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 3.75
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.56
Trans Type
1 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
Automatic (CVT) NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Utility 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Nissan Murano Mazda CX-7
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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