2012 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2012 Nissan Murano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The popular Murano competes with a lot of popular crossovers, some with more room and some with more sophisticated powertrains--and some with both.

The Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX both have smoother performance and available hybrid versions, and the Highlander also offers more seats, but both are less striking.

The Mazda CX-7 is more compact, like the Murano, with great handling for the class.

The Subaru Tribeca is a slow seller, with its more cramped interior feeling much more refined than the Murano's.

The Ford Edge now has an edge with its efficient turbocharged four-cylinder model and with MyFord Touch, its LCD- and voice-driven system for controlling audio, phone, climate, and navigation.

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Quick Specs
7.8
It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
8.2
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
8.0
A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features.
7.4
If you'd rather not be seen in a minivan and think most crossovers are a snooze to drive, the 2012 Mazda CX-7 is a great alternative.
8.0
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has excellent all-weather handling and top-notch safety, though it's fallen behind the curve in features and interior appointments.
7.8
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
MSRP From     
$29,960$27,770$39,075$22,190$30,595$28,240
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat 6Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door i SV4-Door 3.6R PremiumFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555577
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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