2015 Nissan Murano Competition Comparison

2015 Nissan Murano competition

The Nissan Murano is fully redesigned for the 2015 model year. But how does it compare to its major competitors? The Murano’s closest rival is the Ford Edge, but we’re taking this comparison a step further. We’ll compare the 2015 Nissan Murano S to the 2015 Toyota Venza LE, 2015 Ford Edge SE, and 2015 Lexus RX 350 Base.

If you do a simple Google search of 2015 Murano comparisons, one of the first results to surface will be a great comparison from The Car Connection. While they take many more models into account, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll notice the Murano’s TCC Rating is on par with, or higher than, the other models. That’s already a good sign of how the new Murano compares. But let’s look at the details a little closer and see how the Murano compares with the Edge, Venza, and Lexus when it comes to cost, interior and exterior features, safety, size, and more.

Numbers

The 2015 Murano does come with a slightly higher MSRP than the Edge and Venza, but with similar destination charges. As you might expect, the Murano is significantly more affordable than the Lexus. However, the Murano’s city, highway, and combined fuel economy is better than all the other models.

Exterior Features

The new Murano offers competitive exterior features such as:

  • 4 doors
  • Liftgate
  • Driver and passenger power remote mirrors
  • Automatic exterior light control (not available in the Edge)
  • LED daytime running lights (only standard running lights in the Edge)
  • Driver and passenger side turn signal indictor in mirrors (not available in the Edge)
  • Standard LED brake lights (not available in the Venza or Edge)

One other “Nissan advantage” the Murano has, which you will notice upon first glance, is the Murano’s bold, exterior body material of both composite and galvanized steel, whereas the other models are just steel.

Interior Features

Compared to the other models, the 2015 Murano also offers a number of competitive interior features that today’s drivers will find provides both comfortable and convenience such as:

  • 5-seat capacity
  • Automatic air conditioning (manual AC in the Edge)
  • Dual zone front air conditioning (not availalble in the Edge)
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Intelligent key doors and ignition (not available in the Venza, ignition only in the Edge)
  • Power windows
  • Remote engine stat (not available in any of the other models)
  • Ample storage throughout the cabin including standard overhead console storage and full floor console
  • Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Multi-directional driver and passenger seats
  • Rear folding and split-bench seats
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM Satellite
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity

One concept of note in the 2015 Nissan Murano is the “social lounge” concept Nissan designers had in mind from the start. With an open, airy cabin and a host of available technologies, the 2015 Murano is Nissan’s “most social” model yet.

Build

When it comes to the mechanics and size of the Murano, we want to point out a few ways the Murano stands out from its competition. Considering all of these models are SUVs, they all have quite a bit of power and capacity. You can check out the detailed specifications on the Nissan website. A few highlights are:

  • The 2015 Murano has more horsepower and torque than the Venza, and more horsepower than the Edge.
  • Like the Lexus, the Murano has a 3.5 liter V-6 engine. The Venza and Edge engines are smaller.
  • Unlike the other models, the new Murano is the only model with a Xtronic CVT transmission.
  • When it comes to size, the 2015 Murano offers more exterior length and exterior width than all the competitor models.
  • The Murano offers greater interior cargo volume than the Edge and Venza.
  • The Murano features best-in-class cargo volume with all seats up and best-in-class cubic feet interior volume.

Safety

All of the models in this comparison offer similar safety features—that’s one area auto manufacturers don’t like to compromise as you can imagine! That being said, the 2015 Nissan Murano also offers a class-exclusive available Predictive Forward Collision Warning and class-exclusive available Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection. Additionally, the Murano has a standard vehicle safety security system which is not available in the Edge and Venza comparison trims.

If you’re in the market for an SUV-type car, we invite you to come check out the 2015 Nissan Murano. With its exquisite exterior styling and expertly outfitted interior, we think it’s a superb model for the price even at the base trim as we’ve detailed above. After all, there’s a reason Popular Science named the 2015 Murano a “Best of What’s New” award winner. We think you’ll agree!

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Fast Facts About the Redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano (Now at Tischer Acura Nissan!)

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The all-new and totally redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano is now available at our dealership—what a way to break in the New Year! We previously wrote a post on the details of the new Murano when the industry buzz first broke. But we know it’s still the holidays and you want to be able to enjoy your down time, so here are some fast facts about the 2015 Nissan Murano and what makes it so appealing.

  1. This third-generation Murano takes its cues from the future, expressed in the form of the Nissan Resonance Concept vehicle.
  2. The 2015 Murano carries forward Nissan’s new design direction with features such as V-Motion front end, a unique “floating” roofline, LED boomerang-style headlights and taillights, and more efficient aerodynamics.
  3. Fuel economy is projected to increase by approximately 20% versus the current generation Murano, due to the approximate 145-pound overall weight reduction, enhanced aerodynamics and engine/transmission efficiencies.
  4. The instrument panel height is lower than previous Muranos. Centered between the outer wings is a large information and control center with an available 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control. The number of audio and navigation switches has been reduced by 60% – from 25 to 10 – for a more user-friendly experience.
  5. The new Murano shares the look and feel of the Resonance with an upscale “social lounge” interior with premium materials, advanced and purposeful technology, and a low, wide center console that encourages conversation between front and rear passengers.
  6. Adding to the driver’s sense of connectedness with security is Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, an enriched version of the popular instrument panel feature offered in both the Altima and the Pathfinder. For use in the new Murano, there are a number of new features, including a 7.0-inch high-resolution color display.
  7. Murano incorporates up to four cameras (front, rear, two side) and three radar sensors (one front, two side) to provide input to a range of available technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC). When backing out of a parking space, the new Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system can help to warn you about vehicles you may not see approaching from either side.
  8. The new Murano offers an available class-exclusive Around View® Monitor (ARM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).
  9. Nissan’s advanced Zero Gravity seats are standard for front and rear outboard occupants. The rear seats are a three-cushion design – a first for a Nissan vehicle. Climate-controlled seats (heating and cooling) are available in front, along with available Quick Comfort™ heated rear seats.
  10. The available Power Panoramic Moonroof has a 40 percent longer sliding length and 29 percent larger opening than the previous generation design. It is projected to be among the largest moonroofs in the segment.
  11. The new Murano’s cargo area has been reconfigured (versus the previous generation) to provide a projected best storage space in the segment (with seats up).
  12. The 2015 Murano is offered in four trims (S, SV, SL, and Platinum) with either front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive.
  13. Popular Science magazine chose the 2015 Nissan Murano for a “Best of What’s New” award.

Having been inside the new Murano and behind the wheel, we can absolutely vouch that this Murano is a huge step forward in luxury and design, while continuing to offer the technological and convenient features that today’s drivers both want and need.

If you’re in the market for a crossover vehicle to accommodate your lifestyle, we hope you’ll consider coming down to check out the 2015 Nissan Murano. If you have any questions about this model, feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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The All-New, Dynamically-Designed 2015 Nissan Murano Makes Its Debut

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It’s always an exciting time when a new car makes its debut onto the market. More so than ever, the debut of the 2015 Nissan Murano at the New York International Auto Show is particularly exciting.

With the 2015 Murano, Nissan has managed to create a “statement” car—a true showpiece. This third generation crossover SUV has a wow factor that is sure to turn heads and grab the attention of modern drivers. In order to understand why, you have to understand the inspiration behind the aesthetic design of the 2015 Murano.

When the original Murano rolled out, Nissan designers sought inspiration from handcrafted Italian Murano glassware, believe it or not. Later, Nissan introduced the concept car “Resonance” as a jumping off point for a new Murano design. Now for the 2015 model year, Nissan designers are drawing inspiration from the future, specifically “the new age of future flight.” As Nissan explains,

“Advances in aerodynamics and lightweight materials are opening the door to commercial space flight,” added [Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro] Nakamura. “With Resonance and Murano, we wanted to explore a new travel experience here on the ground, but with the same futuristic sense of lightness and air. This inspiration can be seen in features like their sleek boomerang lights, large daylight openings and especially in the bold ‘floating’ roofline.”

Not only has the future of Murano come to fruition, the Murano is the first vehicle that personifies the future design direction of the Nissan brand. According to Nissan,

“The 2015 Murano is the first production vehicle with Nissan’s bold new design direction, as expressed in three recent concepts – Resonance, Friend-ME and the Sport Sedan Concept that debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. These concepts’ strong “V-Motion” front-end styling, boomerang-shaped lighting, floating roof treatments, thin and sculpted pillars, energetic and emotional flow on the bodysides, and low and wide stances represent a strong Nissan styling signature to be seen on U.S. and worldwide streets soon. Whether SUV, smaller car or sport sedan, this design language is a hallmark of Nissan’s future.”

While all of this sounds amazingly exciting, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, the 2015 Murano is just the beginning—we’re sure there will be many more models to come featuring this new design of the Nissan brand. But for now, let’s look a little more closely at the features of the 2015 Nissan Murano.

Exterior features of the 2015 Nissan Murano

2015 nissan murano exteriorEvery detail that went into the exterior design of the new Murano was intentional. From utilizing computer sketches and clay models, to pulling successful premium features from the previous Murano and the concept vehicles, the exterior design of the 2015 Murano is boldly crafted. “Energetic,” “aero,” and “sculptural” are just a few words that describe the Murano. The jet-like D pillars, “wind-swept” curved metal body, stretched and slimmed boomerang headlight and taillight designs, and available moonroof that features a 30% increase in size and opening lending to an even more open and airy feeling, show the new Murano is indeed emphasizing the inspiration of flight. Other exterior elements of note:

  • surfaced rear bumper which directs airflow away from the vehicle
  • “V-motion” front end with bold grille
  • lower grille shutter that opens and closes for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency
  • rear tire air deflectors for improved aerodynamics
  • large rear doors for easy entrance and exit
  • integrated roof-mounted rear spoiler
  • rear privacy glass
  • wide-opening rear liftgate with available power feature
  • standard LED Daytime Running Lights
  • side rearview mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • available front LED headlights
  • available Power Panoramic Moonroof
  • available 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels

The 2015 Murano also has a V6 3.5 liter Xtronic transmission that lends to the vehicles’s 20% more efficient fuel economy. The new Murano underwent rigorous wind tunnel testing. Results showed the Murano having the best Cd (coefficient of drag) of any crossover: 0.31—the same as many sports cars, and extremely close to the Nissan 370Z. This is a 16% improvement over the previous Murano!

Interior features of the 2015 Nissan Murano

To round out the futuristic exterior design, the interior design of the Murano is equally artistic and sophisticated. Featuring a wealth of amenities normally associated with luxury vehicles, the all-new Murano offers the best in premium interior materials and exciting technology that help modern drivers experience comfort, convenience, and security on the road.

2015 nissan murano interior 1Murano designers were determined while crafting the interior space to create a “social lounge” atmosphere for Murano drivers. To that end, the 2015 Murano features a low, wide instrument panel and a large center information monitor. An improvement for the 2015 model year is the reduction of audio and navigation switches by more than half, replacing 2015 nissan murano interior 2complexity with simplicity. Also, the center console has been lowered to encourage conversation between front and rear occupants.

NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and rear outboard seats (as seen in the Nissan Altima and Rogue front seats), improved cargo capacity, increased rear seat legroom, fold-flat 2015 Nissan Murano interior 3rear seat with available power return, and the fact that all rear seating/cargo configurations can be done from the back, with no walking to each door showcase the focus on comfort and versatility in the new Murano.

The 2015 Murano offers a wealth of signature Nissan technologies such as Nissan’s customizable Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display, which features a 7.0-inch high-resolution color display. An available 8.0-inch center color display offers multi-touch control of the NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps (subscriptions required).

  • Additional available interior features include:
  • heated and cooled front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • advanced Bose® design with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers
  • HD Radio®
  • customizable advanced lighting system

The 2015 Nissan Murano also features the whole suite of Safety Shield technology to create a “shield” around the vehicle to avoid collisions.

Nissan assures drivers that the Murano offers available safety and security systems such as Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking. The new Cross Traffic Alert (CTA) system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side of the parking space. (http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/2015-nissan-murano-resets-the-standard-in-the-midsize-crossover-segment-with-breakthrough-design-premium-interior-and-purposeful-technology?page=2&query)

For a fun look at a few of these exterior and interior features of the 2015 Nissan Murano, check out this cool interactive graphic.

Conclusion

The 2015 Nissan Murano will be available late in 2014 in four trims—S, SV, SL, and Platinum. It is available in front-wheel or Intuitive all-wheel drive. As Nissan’s “halo vehicle” and flagship crossover SUV, the all-new Murano is sure to be a welcome addition to the Nissan lineup. To quote Nissan, “To the design team tasked with creating an all-new third generation Nissan Murano, one thing was perfectly clear: Nothing less than a return to the original’s “Wow” factor would be acceptable.” We’re looking forward to the day the 2015 Murano arrives on our dealership lot so we can be wowed ourselves! What are your thoughts about this new Murano? Leave us your comment below or chat with us on Facebook or Twitter.  We hope that you will schedule a test drive of this awesome new vehicle as soon as it arrives in late 2014!

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