2013 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Murano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

There are a number of popular alternatives to the Murano, and you're likely to find most of them a bit roomier inside.

However the Murano stands out for its strong, smooth powertrain, good handling and maneuverability, and near-premium feel inside.

Both the Toyota Highlander and Lexus RX are very smooth and have available hybrid versions, but they lack the personality and standout design character of the Murano.

The Dodge Journey is a surprisingly good alternative--also with a design that stands out in a crowded class--although it's more utility-oriented, almost van-like inside.

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.

One other good alternative is the new 2013 Acura RDX; it's quite as exciting as the former turbocharged RDX, but it's smooth and refined like the Murano, but with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, a good list of features, and a better seating layout, all for about the same money as one of the higher-trim Murano models.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Nissan Murano trades away some utility and space-efficiency in the name of style and refinement.
The 2013 Acura RDX improves on the sporty crossover theme with refined ride quality, more features, and better fuel economy.
The 2013 Dodge Journey is a clever tweener, with three rows of seats if you need, and manageable size all the time--at a very reasonable base price.
The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
No matter which facet or dimension you measure--except excitement--the 2013 Toyota Highlander offers competent performance, great space, and good value.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
AWD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleFWD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door SFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door SE4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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