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Nissan Rogue vs. Nissan Murano

By Autolist Staff | February 27, 2019

2018 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Murano

Automotive Website Analyzed


71%

Satisfactory

Maybe buy it

96%

The Best

You should buy it

Our User's Take

What owners think


67%

Would Buy Again

3 Ratings

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Would Buy Again

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What’s better about the Rogue?

More efficient. Because the Rogue uses a four-cylinder engine while the Murano uses a V6, the Rogue is naturally more efficiency than the Murano. The all-wheel-drive Rogue is rated by the EPA at 25/32/27 MPG city/highway/combined, while the all-wheel-drive Murano is 21/28/24 MPG city/highway/combined.

It’s cheaper. The advantage of the Rogue being positioned down the ladder from the Murano is it’s cheaper. Currently, a new Rogue starts at around $25,795 for a base S front-wheel-drive model. The cheapest Murano is the S front-wheel-drive version and it starts at $32,045, a cool $6,250 more than the Rogue.

Better styling. The Rogue is a handsome crossover, mixing strength and style into a compelling package — something many of its more staid rivals can’t do. The Murano, meanwhile, is a little odd-looking to many people. While we personally like the expressive, dramatic styling of the Murano, many don’t, which could hurt your resale value in the long run.

Third row. Unlike the Murano, the Rogue can be equipped with a third-row seat. Though it’s tight on space and you probably wouldn’t put adults back there, having the option in case you pull last-minute carpool duty to soccer practice is a nice touch


What’s better about the Murano?

More luxury. The Murano is positioned higher in Nissan’s crossover lineup than the Rogue. This means that while it does cost more than the Rogue, the Murano also offers a higher level of refinement, amenities, comfort and style.

More power. Since the Murano is a higher-tier segment of vehicle than the Rogue, it naturally has a larger, more powerful engine. The Murano has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The Rogue, meanwhile, has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

More space. The Murano offers more cargo room both with the rear seats upright and with them folded than the Rogue does. It also offers more legroom and headroom in the second row than the Rogue.


Autolist’s take:

The Rogue is easily the most popular vehicle Nissan sells each year and with its sharp styling, useful interior and smart pricing, we can see why. But the Murano is a cut above the Rogue in terms of style (at least we think so), comfort, refinement and power. Yes it costs more, but to us that’s a tradeoff we’re willing to make — particularly in the used market where it’s likely you could find one to fit your budget. So we say Buy the Murano.

Cost of Ownership

2018 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Murano

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,278
15k miles at $2.471/gal
$1,612
15k miles at $2.471/gal
Fuel Economy

26 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
20 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
33 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
28 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2018 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Murano

NHTSA Crash Test Results

4 stars
Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
N/A
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
N/A
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
N/A
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
N/A
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
N/A
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2018 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Murano

Interior Features

-
Leather
N/A
Leather
-
Moonroof
N/A
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
N/A
Heated Seats
-
Keyless Entry
N/A
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
N/A
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
N/A
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
N/A
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
N/A
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
N/A
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
N/A
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2018 Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Murano

Powertrain

CVT
Transmission
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
AWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

170 HP @ 6000 RPM
Horsepower
N/A
Horsepower
175lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
Torque
N/A
Torque
I4
Cylinders
N/A
Cylinders