The big surprise for shoppers looking at Nissan's compact Rogue, and then the very slightly larger Murano, is the huge jump in price.
Is a V-6 worth thousands more? On closer inspection, the Murano has a lot more refinement—with a quieter, luxury-caliber cabin—compared to its smaller sibling, and while the price can be somewhat high the Murano does compete with the likes of the Lexus RX 350.
Next to the Highlander, the Murano is lot more stylish and more enjoyable to drive than either the Toyota Highlander; versus the Ford Edge it's a matter of taste, though the Edge has been freshly redesigned and now offers the MyFord Touch interface.
The Mazda CX-7 is slightly smaller and feels much sportier, with tauter handling and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the Subaru Tribeca is a somewhat quirky though very competent rival as well.
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|18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas Flat 6||Gas I4|
|AWD Sport Utility||FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door S||4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door i SV||4-Door 3.6R Premium||FWD 4-Door L4 Base (Natl)|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||4 Door SUV||4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic|
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|2011 Nissan Murano vs. 2011 Ford Edge||2011 Nissan Murano vs. 2011 Mazda CX-7||2011 Nissan Murano vs. 2011 Subaru Tribeca||2011 Nissan Murano vs. 2011 Toyota Highlander|