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Acura MDX vs. Nissan Murano

When we compare the Acura MDX to the Nissan Murano, the Acura MDX has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Nissan Murano has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Acura MDX versus the Nissan Murano, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Acura MDX versus Nissan Murano Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Acura MDX ranges from $31,578 to $44,466 while a used Nissan Murano from the same model year range is priced between $22,988 to $36,042. For a new model, the Acura MDX's price is between $52,913 and $74,261, with the Nissan Murano priced between $35,875 and $50,207.

Acura MDX versus Nissan Murano Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Acura MDX is 8.7 out of 10 while the Nissan Murano's quality rating is 8.2 out of 10. This results in the Acura MDX being ranked 2 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs and the Nissan Murano being ranked 9 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Acura MDX’s base engine makes 290 horsepower, and the Nissan Murano base engine makes 260 horsepower. The MDX is rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 481 miles. The Murano is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 532 miles. The MDX uses premium unleaded, and the Murano uses regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Acura MDX has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room. The Nissan Murano has the advantage in the areas of front head room, rear head room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Acura MDX has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Nissan Murano has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Acura MDX has higher safety ratings than the Nissan Murano, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.90 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Acura MDX and the Nissan Murano have the same Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Nissan Murano

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$52,913 - $74,261

Used Asking Price:

$31,578 - $44,466

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

53.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$35,875 - $50,207

Used Asking Price:

$22,988 - $36,042

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

9.3 / 10

Retained Value:

7.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.2 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.9 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 67
1 / 21
2 / 67
2 / 21
4 / 25

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 61
9 / 25
9 / 25
9 / 15
10 / 25
12 / 28
13 / 61
14 / 25
27 / 61
46 / 61

Summary Review

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Summary Review

Nissan’s two-row Murano crossover targets those buyers looking for comfort and style. Unlike many SUV-style vehicles in this segment, the Murano is more like a large sedan than its peers.

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Plush interior
  • Smooth V6 engine
  • Dynamic styling

  • Starting to show its age
  • Needs an infotainment update
  • No green (hybrid/electric) trims now available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SH-AWD Type S w/Advance Package, SH-AWD Type S, Base, w/Tech, SH-AWD w/A-SPEC, SH-AWD, SH-AWD w/Tech, SH-AWD w/Advance

Trim Levels

S, SV, SL, Platinum

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.90 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

267 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.068 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

240 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.067 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

19 / 26 / 22

Range (city/hwy):

352 / 481 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

380 / 532 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.6 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.3 inches

Cargo Space:

16.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

71.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

155.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.9 inches

Cargo Space:

32.1 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

67 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.2 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4271 lbs

Width:

78.7 inches

Height:

67.1 inches

Length:

198.4 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3865 lbs

Width:

75.4 inches

Height:

67.8 inches

Length:

192.8 inches

Wheelbase:

111.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

255/55R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18