Nissan Rogue vs. Nissan Murano

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - December 8, 2020

Nissan’s range of crossovers and SUVs is now significantly larger than their lineup of sedans, from the bite-size Nissan Kicks to the formidable Nissan Armada. Two of their bestsellers sit right in the middle of the range: the Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Murano. These two crossovers each aim for mainstream success, offering a blend of practicality and value. We put them head-to-head to declare a winner.

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What the Rogue Gets Right

The Nissan Murano hasn’t changed much since 2014, but the Nissan Rogue was redesigned for the 2021 model year. It’s the fresher design, especially on the inside. The Rogue’s interior is impressive for its price, with high-quality materials and an attractive dash. By contrast, the Murano looks dated inside.

As the smaller vehicle, the Rogue is significantly cheaper. In equivalent trims, the Rogue generally starts about $6,000 less than the Murano. The advantage is even greater with all-wheel drive, which costs $1,400 on the Rogue but $1,600 on the Murano.

Despite its smaller size, the Rogue scores some surprising victories. It has significantly more cargo capacity, with 37 cubic feet to the Murano’s 32.1. The Rogue also has a greater ground clearance, which should help when the pavement runs out.

As the newer vehicle, the Rogue gets stronger tech. Nissan’s ProPilot Assist is a sophisticated adaptive cruise control system that syncs with navigation to predict the road ahead, and it hasn’t yet made its way to the Murano. The base Rogue S also has better active safety tech than an equivalent Murano.

Finally, the Rogue has a significant advantage in fuel economy. With its lighter body and smaller engine, the Rogue gets up to 28 miles per gallon combined according to the EPA. The Murano maxes out at 23 mpg combined.

What the Murano Gets Right

As a midsize SUV, the Nissan Murano is the larger of the two. It benefits from more cabin space than the Nissan Rogue, especially in the second row. Rear passengers get more head room and leg room, and significantly more shoulder room, which makes it easier to seat five adults.

To move its greater mass, the Murano has a more powerful engine under the hood. Its 3.5-liter V6 makes 260 horsepower, which is nearly 80 more than the Rogue’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

While the Rogue has the newer and more daring design, the Murano is a safer bet in the styling department. The Rogue’s tiered headlights may not appeal to all buyers, and Nissan has given the Murano’s exterior enough of a refresh to keep it feeling current.

How Much Does Size Matter?

The difference in these two crossovers can mostly be boiled down to size. As the larger car, the Nissan Murano is more expensive but more spacious for passengers. All the same, the Nissan Rogue doesn’t sacrifice much for its size. It still offers good space for passengers, it holds more cargo than the Murano, and its fresher platform gives it a leg up. Given how much cheaper it is, the Rogue will be a better value for most buyers.

Our Verdict: Nissan Rogue

Unless you absolutely need the cabin space, this is a fairly easy decision. The Nissan Rogue makes much better use of its size, squeezing more space out of a more attractive interior. Improved efficiency and safety tech are the icing on top.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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