Compare 2017 Nissan Murano vs Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Murano
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Murano

Engine:

3.5-liter V6 engine

Horsepower:

260 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque:

240 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

Fuel Economy:

21 city / 28 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Engine:

3.5-liter V6 engine

Horsepower:

284 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque:

259 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

Fuel Economy:

20 city / 27 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

XTRONIC CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission)

2017 Nissan Murano vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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Searching for the right vehicle can be tricky. You want the right size, not too big or too small. At our dealership, you’ve got two excellent choices in the 2017 Nissan Murano and its bigger sibling, the Pathfinder. This guide may help you decide which is right for you.

Performance

The large Pathfinder has a new and improved V6 engine. With its DIG technology, power outlay has increased without affecting gas mileage. The engine produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb.-ft. of torque. This ute can tow 6,000 pounds, a best-in-class rating. Its new 4-wheel independent suspension helps it match the carlike handling of the Murano.

With a smaller build and fewer passengers, the Murano doesn’t need as much power as the Pathfinder. It has a swift V6 that cranks out 260 horsepower. Also keeping it competitive, the engine cranks out 240 lb.-ft. of torque.

Appearance

The most obvious difference between the SUVs is the fact that the Pathfinder can seat seven while the Murano seats five. When the Murano was first introduced, it was definitely more refined than any other Nissan. However, the 2017 Pathfinder has been updated to reflect this design language. This means more high quality materials, higher grade sheet metal, and a long list of amenities. A new V Motion grille and boomerang headlights are now shared by the Pathfinder and Murano. Also following its sibling’s lead, the new Pathfinder offers a dual-pane sunroof. Pathfinders are ideal for those who have more than two children. Those who carpool regularly will also want to consider the seven-seater. Four grades take families from smart and functional to truly fabulous. Versatile EZ Glide seats help you make the most of the large interior space.

As many critics have noted, the Murano sets the bar high for others in its class. The open layout with its significant greenhouse makes adults feel especially comfortable, even in the backseat. There is plenty of headroom and legroom at all key positions. A large cargo area handles plenty of luggage and gear. Top amenities range from lush leathers to ventilated seats. Both the Murano and Pathfinder have a standard touchscreen. NissanConnect apps are now supplemented by Apple CarPlay.

Safety

When it comes to safety, shoppers will be satisfied with either Nissan SUV. Forward emergency braking is available with a forward collision warning. In Muranos, this system can actually see further, predicting trouble earlier. Moving object detection is part of the available Surround View camera system. Blind spot warnings appear as icons on the side where traffic is too close for safe lane changes. If you are backing out of a parking space, the rear cross-traffic alert will warn you about an approaching car. Intelligent cruise control adds automation to electronically regulated driving. It can slow the vehicle when brake lights are detected on the leader car. Muranos also offer a driver attention alert. Like the all-wheel drive Murano, the Pathfinder has earned all five stars when tested by the federal crash safety inspectors. With all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control regulates speed, keeping the SUV steady when gravity wants to pull it too fast. This system reduces the heavy use of brakes and gears.


Now that you know more, take a test drive at Carriage Nissan. There’s much more to discover.

* Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.