2011 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Murano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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2010 Mazda CX-7 FWD 4-door i Sport Angular Front Exterior View2011 Mazda CX-7
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2011 Subaru Tribeca 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View2011 Subaru Tribeca
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2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid2011 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't the most practical choice among crossovers, but it's a gem for style and refinement.
Provided you don't need a third-row seat, the 2011 Ford Edge is at last, at the leading edge of mid-size crossovers, with one of the best driver interfaces in the business.
The 2011 Mazda CX-7 remains a good compromise vehicle for small families—especially if you want a driving experience that's closer to that of a sport sedan and can't be seen in a minivan.
With the 2011 Subaru Tribeca, first-class safety credentials and excellent all-weather handling ensure your precious ones are looked after, but if you need more than five seats, we suggest going with a bigger vehicle.
The very family-friendly Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid impress us with their space and versatility, but show no sign of enthusiasm.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat 6Gas I4
EPA Class    
AWD Sport UtilityFWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door i SV4-Door 3.6R PremiumFWD 4-Door L4 Base (Natl)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport Utility4 Door SUV4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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