Nissan Murano vs. Nissan Pathfinder

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - December 22, 2016

The crossover segment is hotter than ever in the U.S., and every automaker has multiple versions to choose from. This sometimes results in a little cross-shopping for undecided buyers. Nissan experiences this sort of cannibalization with its Murano and Pathfinder crossovers.

We take a look at both models to determine which is actually the better buy between these two people haulers.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Murano & Pathfinder »

What the Murano Gets Right

The Murano starts at a slightly lower base price than the Pathfinder, giving it a little more wiggle room for options. It is also a good bit smaller than the Pathfinder, making it easier to zip in and out of traffic or into a tight parking space.

Inside, the Murano’s cabin feels more upscale, despite having equipment similar to the Pathfinder. And though it’s far shorter, the Murano still has ample rear-seat legroom. Additionally, with all its seats up, the Murano has about double the cargo room.

Though it falls short in power, the Murano is a nimbler crossover in the turns, and it’s more fuel efficient, to boot.

What the Pathfinder Gets Right

Thanks to its larger body, the Pathfinder has room for up to seven passengers, making it a great option for larger families. Its middle-row seats are quite spacious too, rivaling some much larger vehicles in legroom.

Hauling with all three rows of seats up is a little tight in the Pathfinder, but once you start folding rows, you open up nearly 80 cubic feet of room. The Pathfinder can also handle towing all your toys, thanks to a 6,000-pound capacity.

The Pathfinder’s 284-horsepower V6 engine delivers strong acceleration.

The Pathfinder is Great for Families and Haulers

The Pathfinder, while not the value the Murano is, has its niche buyers. It’s best suited for larger families or those with a lot of cargo to haul. Additionally, it makes the perfect crossover for families who haul a small boat or trailer.

Verdict: Nissan Murano

With its seating for five being plenty for most families, its upscale cabin and better-tuned ride, the Murano is a better fit for the average Joe. What’s more, its lower starting price allows for a few extra options. So long as you don’t need the seven seats or 6,000-pound towing capacity, the Murano is your best bet.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009 and has been published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also hosts a web-series car-review show and dabbles in the world of personal-finance writing.

His specialty is in the high-performance realm, but he has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Before diving into the world of writing, Justin was an automotive technician and manager for six years and spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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