2015 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2015 Nissan Murano
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Murano’s closest rival is the one that the development team behind the Murano had in mind from the start: the Ford Edge.

And just like the Murano, the Edge is slated to get much more flamboyant with a full redesign for 2015.

The Edge will go a different path, though—maybe not as flamboyant as the Murano in sheetmetal, but more daring in what’s under the hood, with a base turbocharged four-cylinder engine or available turbo V-6, and new technology such as variable-ratio adaptive steering.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport goes it a little more conservatively in styling and features, although its turbocharged four-cylinder engine will also likely do a bit better on fuel than the Murano’s V-6.

The Lexus RX 350 is what Nissan arpired to rival in designing and engineering this Murano, and its quiet interior and comfortable ride really do stand up against the manners of that luxury best-seller—even if the badge and dealership experience aren’t quite up to the same standards.

One other rival that can’t be ignored is the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

As the best-seller in this segment of roomy mid-size crossovers with two rows of seating, it has a markedly more rugged presentation (and far more off-road ability), but it’s cross-shopped with the Murano surprisingly often.

We’d also throw the Toyota Venza into the ring; as a longtime staff favorite, the Venza is essentially a tall-wagon take on the Camry and, like the Murano, is aimed at comfort-oriented empty-nester types.

It’s perfect for that.

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The 2015 Nissan Murano lures in empty-nesters with its flamboyant new design, then hooks them with just the right mix of confident performance.
Provided you don’t need third-row seating or a luxury badge, the 2015 Ford Edge offers everything you might want in a comfortable, stylish, tech-savvy crossover.
The 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an engine for everyone, and a feature list as extensive as those found in luxury sedans.
The Toyota Venza gives up all SUV styling pretenses in favor of big-hatchback utility and a truly carlike atmosphere.
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