2016 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2016 Nissan Murano
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 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 has also been recently redesigned, though with a different take on the same theme.

The Edge isn't as flamboyant as the Murano on the outside, but it is more daring under the hood, with a base turbocharged four-cylinder engine an an available turbo V-6.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee also can't be ignored.

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.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport goes it a little more conservatively in styling and features, though 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 aspired 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.

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Quick Specs
Smooth, quiet and comfortable, the 2016 Nissan Murano is a stylish choice for empty-nesters who aren't concerned with sportiness or off-road capability.
The 2016 Ford Edge has everything you might want in a tech-focused, stylish crossover—as long as you don't require third-row seating or a luxury badge.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot more than first appearances might suggest: a true luxury vehicle, a capable off-roader, and a fuel-efficient diesel highway hauler—potentially all in the same build.
The Toyota Venza gives up all SUV styling pretenses in favor of big-hatchback utility and a truly carlike atmosphere.
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Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
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FWD 4-Door S4-Door SE FWDRWD 4-Door 75th Anniversary4-Door Wagon I4 FWD LE (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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