2018 Nissan Murano vs. Its Competition

2018 Nissan Murano
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Nissan Murano is in a crowded field of family crossovers—some of which occasionally have third rows.

The Toyota Highlander is one of those crossovers, it’s not thrilling to drive, but does offer a hybrid powertrain for better fuel economy.

The Ford Edge is aged—especially its interior—but its sport model is mildly entertaining to drive.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our perennial pick in the class, not only because of its off-road prowess, but in its wide swath of options and powertrains that range from a mild V-6 to a supercharged V-8.

The Chevrolet Traverse is new and sports a bigger interior with family-friendly ideas.

The Volkswagen Atlas is nearly new and has a third row, but lacks any personality; its biggest draw right now may be its long-lasting warranty.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Nissan Murano adds better active safety to complement its sharp looks and easy-driving nature.
A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race.
The 2018 Ford Edge has an eager feel and crisp design; safety scores and Sport ride quality give pause.
Only poor crash test scores keep the Grand Cherokee down, as this talented family hauler offers luxury and utility and buyers can choose off-road capability, track talent, or even more luxury.
The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas does little wrong, but it's light on personality and a little low-rent inside—and it guzzles fuel. It's worth a look, but mostly rivals do more for less.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize Station WagonsSport Utility VehiclesSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
FWD SFWD 4-Door L w/1L0SE FWDAltitude 4x2 *Ltd Avail*LE I4 FWD (Natl)2.0T S FWD
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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