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Nissan Murano vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

In comparing the Nissan Murano to the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Nissan Murano has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Tiguan 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 Nissan Murano versus the Volkswagen Tiguan, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Nissan Murano versus Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Murano ranges from $22,988 to $36,042 while a used Volkswagen Tiguan from the same model year range is priced between $21,496 to $31,988. For a new model, the Nissan Murano's price is between $35,875 and $50,207, with the Volkswagen Tiguan priced between $28,714 and $39,574.

Nissan Murano versus Volkswagen Tiguan Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Murano is 8.2 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Tiguan's quality rating is 7.5 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Murano being ranked 12 out of 28 Best Crossover SUVs for the Money and the Volkswagen Tiguan being ranked 28 out of 28. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Nissan Murano is ranked 61 and the Volkswagen Tiguan is ranked 35.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan Murano’s base engine makes 260 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Tiguan base engine makes 184 horsepower. The Murano is rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 532 miles. The Tiguan is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 474 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Nissan Murano, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

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

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Nissan Murano has an average safety rating of 4.90 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Murano has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Volkswagen Tiguan’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Nissan Murano

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$35,875 - $50,207

Used Asking Price:

$22,988 - $36,042

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,714 - $39,574

Used Asking Price:

$21,496 - $31,988

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.2 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.9 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.5 / 10

Reliability:

7.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.5 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 31
14 / 14
16 / 24
16 / 24
17 / 24
21 / 31
21 / 21
22 / 31
26 / 31
28 / 28
30 / 61
33 / 61
35 / 61
50 / 61

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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Summary Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact sport utility vehicle with a reputation for engaging driving dynamics and upscale interior materials. The Tiguan has become VW’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and is currently in its second generation, with new models averaging $30,442 and 3-year-old models averaging $22,319.

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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

Pros and Cons

  • New generation is roomier and more fuel efficient
  • Optional three-row seating is occasionally useful
  • Driving dynamics are engaging

  • Acceleration not as strong as some competitors
  • Fuel efficiency could be better
  • First-generation’s cargo space was limited

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

S, SV, SL, Platinum

Trim Levels

SE 4Motion, SE, SEL R-Line 4Motion, SE R-Line Black 4Motion, SE R-Line Black, S 4Motion, S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.90 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

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

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

184 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

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

0.049 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

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

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

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

24 / 31 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 474 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

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

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

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:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

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

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

12 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.0 cubic feet

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

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3765 lbs

Width:

72.4 inches

Height:

66.4 inches

Length:

186.1 inches

Wheelbase:

109.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P215/65R17