2014 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2014 Nissan Murano
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

If you're after a stylish crossover, the Murano is hard to beat, but there are many that offer more room or better gas mileage.

The Ford Edge, for example, offers a turbocharged four-cylinder with pep and efficiency, plus MyFord Touch and its voice-driven, LCD-equipped control interface for phone, climate, navigation, and more.

The Acura RDX was new last year, and like the Murano offers a smooth V-6 engine, but paired with a more responsive six-speed automatic transmission and a healthy standard equipment list--plus better seating all around, and a price to match the higher-tier Murano trims.

The Toyota Highlander, and Lexus RX, for that matter, are smooth and offer hybrid variants, but don't offer the character and style of the Murano.

Dodge's Journey, on the other hand, offers its own unique style, an surprises with its useful, nearly van-like interior.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2014 Nissan Murano is stylish and refined, but lacks some of the space and efficiency found in competitors.
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The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
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The 2014 Dodge Journey offers three rows of seats in an easy-to-manage package, all for an affordable price.
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An exceptionally comfortable interior, great connectivity, and a 30-mpg turbo model succeed in elevating the 2014 Ford Edge above the crossover clutter.
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The 2014 Toyota Highlander covers familiar territory, without straying too far into Adventure Land.
MSRP From    
$28,530$34,520$19,995$28,100$29,215
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door SFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door American Value Pkg4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door I4 LE (GS)
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55558
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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