2010 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Murano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Although it's a Nissan, the Murano is priced more in line with luxury-brand models—especially when you add a few options to the S or SL models, or simply get the LE.

Is it worth it? Depends on your motives.

The Murano is a lot more stylish and more enjoyable to drive than either the Toyota Highlander or the Ford Edge, and it's so refined that the comparisons to the Lexus RX 350 are actually valid.

It has nearly as much interior polish, but fails to include the top-notch dealership experience that you'd get from Lexus or Infiniti.

Ford’s Edge is similar in size to the Murano and, like it, comes with only two rows of seating.

The Mazda CX-7 is slightly smaller and feels much sportier, with tauter handling and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

2010 Nissan Murano2010 Nissan Murano
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2009 Lexus RX 350 2009 Lexus RX 350
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2008 Ford Edge 4-door SEL FWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Edge
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2008 Mazda CX-7 Sport2008 Mazda CX-7
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2008 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 7-Pass Ltd Open Doors2008 Subaru Tribeca
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2008 Toyota Highlander 4WD 4-door Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2008 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2010 Nissan Murano appeals to those who value style and refinement above absolute practicality.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2008 Ford Edge is a fashionable, satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.
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.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas 6-cylGas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door 5-PassFWD 4-Door Base (SE)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Utility4-Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door
Continuously VariableAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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