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.


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.


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.


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!


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

2015 nissan murano

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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