Nissan Rogue vs Murano: Choosing an SUV for Your Lifestyle

Nissan Rogue vs Murano: Choosing an SUV for Your Lifestyle

Nissan Rogue vs Murano: Choosing an SUV for Your Lifestyle

In the market for an SUV? Our sales advisors at Country Hills Nissan have some advice on how to choose the best vehicle for your lifestyle and needs! Many customers have asked how to choose between two strong contenders in our Nissan SUV lineup.

Here's an exploration of the Nissans Rogue vs Murano and how to best decide. This guide cuts through the noise to directly compare these two models in terms of performance, price, comfort, and space to help you decide which is better suited to your needs with details that make all the difference in deciding.

Nissan Murano vs Nissan Rogue at a Glance

  1. Engine: The Murano is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine producing 260 hp while the Rogue comes standard with a 1.5L Turbo I-3 engine delivering 201 hp.
  2. Fuel Economy: The Murano offers a combined fuel consumption of approximately 10.4 L/100km, whereas the Rogue provides a more fuel-efficient ride with a combined fuel consumption of approximately 7.6 L/100km.
  3. Safety Features: Both vehicles come equipped with advanced safety features like Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
  4. Interior Space: The Murano offers a total passenger volume of 140.2 cu.ft, while the Rogue provides slightly less space with a total passenger volume of 105.4 cu.ft
  5. Unique Features: The Murano stands out with its luxurious semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, while the Rogue offers a unique Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System for versatile storage and over 2000L of total storage when the seats are down.

Nissan Rogue vs Murano Performance

a conceptual image of nissan rogue facing off against nissan murano

Nissan Rogue vs Nissan Murano: a detailed comparison

When comparing the Nissans Rogue and Murano, it's helpful to know that each vehicle caters to different preferences.

The Rogue, with its inviting cabin and contemporary tech. It’s the ideal choice for those who prioritize efficiency and a wealth of features without a hefty price tag.

In contrast, the Murano offers a larger and more spacious interior for passengers who desire powerful acceleration and best-available features. It’s designed for drivers who seek a bit more excitement and panache from their vehicle—and openly courts those who are willing to invest more in that premium experience.

Rogue vs Murano: The Basics

To compare the new Nissan Rogue with other vehicles, consider its attractive and spacious cabin, modern tech, and fuel economy. The Rogue is a great choice if you’re mindful of your budget and prioritize efficiency.

In our experience selling Nissans of all shades and types, the Rogue is actually one of the most popular models!

On the other hand, the new Nissan Murano is slightly larger in size than the Rogue, offering a more spacious feel for passengers. If you’re seeking powerful acceleration and luxurious features, the Murano might be more your speed.

It’s designed for those who want a bit more enjoyment from their drive, spending a little extra money on comfort and performance. Its greater price is all about becoming a great alternative to a compact SUV, and a popular choice among new Nissan SUV and midsize SUV enthusiasts,

Assessing Performance Based on OEM Engine Specs

In terms of performance, there’s a clear difference between the Rogue and Murano. The new Nissan Rogue is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine delivering 201 horsepower, while the Nissan Murano is equipped with a 3.5 L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, producing 260 horsepower.

So, if you’re looking for raw power, the Murano hits a bit harder. It also scores a quicker 0-to-100-km/h time of approximately 7.3 seconds, besting the Rogue’s time of 7.8 seconds.

Fuel Efficiency

However, the Nissan Rogue excels in fuel economy, reaching an impressive maximum of 6.7L/100km on the highway, compared to the Murano’s 8.5 L/100km highway.

While the Murano might give you a bit more responsiveness on the accelerator, the Rogue will help your budget at the gas station.

Interior Amenities: Comfort and Technology

Interior of Nissan Rogue SL model, with brown colour scheme, prominently featuring a wireless device charging pad, a 12.3-inch infotainment centre, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

The newly standard interior features on the SL grade Rogue Nissan rogue, yielding a great looking interior with a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, leather-appointed interior, a wireless device charging pad, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster nearby.

Internally, both the Rogue and Murano impress with their comfortable seating and cutting-edge technology. The Rogue's variable trims often feature:

  • Semi-aniline leather-appointed seats
  • 8-inch NissanConnect touch-screen
  • Tri-zone auto climate control system
  • Bose premium audio in top-tier trims
  • Generous front-row legroom of 43.3 inches and ample rear legroom
  • Headroom without a moonroof of 41.1 inches
  • A panoramic moonroof
  • Apple CarPlay

Further to comfort, the Murano adopts a premium approach with features such as:

  • Climate-controlled front seats and heated, reclining rear seats
  • Semi-aniline diamond-quilted leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seats (compared to the Rogue’s 8-way)
  • Supremely plush front seats
  • Very quiet cabin, contributing to a luxurious driving sensation

Space and Utility: Cargo Capacity and Flexibility

In terms of cargo space, the Rogue is the frontrunner. It offers a max of 2,098 litres of total cargo capacity—and 74.1 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Conversely, the Murano offers a bit less with 1,841L and 65 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

But it’s not just about the numbers. The Rogue’s cargo space is enhanced for utility with design features such as its rear doors that swing out nearly 90 degrees for easier access when handling cargo.

This thoughtful design feature adds to the practicality of the Rogue for everyday sports and recreation use over the Murano, which seems to stick to comfort features.

Rogue's Modern Edge vs Murano's Premium Appeal

Transitioning to design considerations, the Rogue and Murano exhibit different design philosophies reflecting different ideal users. The Nissan Rogue boasts a sportier look, aiming for a modern edge in its design.

Key design features include its ultra-sporty appearance, stylish accents, without sacrificing modern amenities like a heads-up display.

Closeup of Murano's model script on the tailgate of the 2024 version in white—symbolizing design principles.

The Nissan Murano has design at the forefront, conceptually defining Nissan while keeping a signature look in and of itself. Talk to Murano customers to get a better idea of what keeps them in this model!

The Murano is centered on providing a premium experience, featuring luxurious materials such as semi-aniline leather while its spatial design provides a spacious and elegant cabin.

Its sleek principles often win out over sportiness, enhancing its high-end appeal and setting it further apart from the Nissan Rogue. To better understand its key features behind the aesthetics, we can always look at how it handles different sorts of terrain.

All-Wheel Drive Capabilities

The new Nissan Murano and Rogue both offer intelligent all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade from the standard front-wheel drive. But how do they handle different terrains and conditions, especially for Calgary (and the North of Calgary, which seems to have its own weather at times)?

Customizable driving modes are a feature of the Rogue including:

  • Sport
  • Auto
  • Eco
  • Snow
  • Off-road

These modes enhance the vehicle’s handling across diverse terrains and conditions. An Off-Road mode is exclusive to the Rogue when equipped with All-Wheel Drive, highlighting its capability in tougher driving scenarios.

In contrast, the Murano’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, also known as Platinum AWD, offers the following features:

  • Automatically adjusts the vehicle’s power distribution for improved traction in changing weather conditions such as rain or snow
  • Ability to switch seamlessly between 2-Wheel Drive and 4-Wheel Drive
  • Provides fuel efficiency without compromising on a confident driving experience.

Which Trims Offer More Value for Your Money?

Nissan Murano driving in the city

The Nissan Murano has features that compete with the very best crossover SUVs in the market, making it a choice for owners who value style, premium materials, and technology most.

Both SUVs have carved out their niches within the automotive market, appealing to different demographics with their unique blend of features, performance, and style.

But it all depends on the trim you choose. If you ask the next Country Hills Nissan sales advisor, they'll tell you that the best Rogue trim is actually more expensive than the starting Murano build!

In terms of value for money, the Rogue, with its starting price of $34,999, offers extensive features in its rogue SL trim. The Murano starts at $47,234, focusing on delivering a premium experience, as seen in the SV AWD trim and higher builds.

The great thing about our inventory at Country Hills is, you can view each vehicle individually, so you know what colours and trims of your choice you can have right now! Let's look at some trim levels that Country Hills Nissan customers know as popular models.

Nissan Rogue SV and SL Trim

The Rogue SV trim is a great place to start with enhancements like 18-inch wheels, ProPILOT Assist, CVT transmission, heated outside mirrors, and an 8-way power driver’s seat, offering additional comfort and technology.

These include tri-zone automatic climate controls, wireless Apple CarPlay, driver’s seat memory, motion-triggered power liftgate, heated rear seats, and Divide-N-Hide cargo storage. For the ultimate in Rogue builds, look past the SL or SV builds and investigate the PLATINUM models in our inventory!

Nissan Murano SL Trim

The Nissan Murano in Blue parked outside a luxury home in autumn

The Nissan Murano has amazing features that compete with the very best crossover SUVs in the market, making it a choice for owners who value style, premium materials, and technology.

The Nissan Murano SL Trim eases your journey with comfortable amenities like leather-appointed seating, intelligent Around View® Monitor, and a powerful Bose® audio system, making it a great comfort on the road, especially with long drives. There are multiple features that set the SL Murano apart from the rest of SUV market, including:

  • 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • 20" Machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Intelligent Around View® Monitor
  • Bose Premium Audio System with 11 speakers, including dual subwoofers
  • Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic
  • and more!

However, the higher price tag of MIDNIGHT and SL trims brings into question whether the luxury and power it offers are enough to justify the cost over the Murano’s extensive features. It all depends how much you value the increase in horsepower and interior comfort. Speak to our finance department to see what kind of payments fit your budget and let you choose the trim you deserve.

Safety First: Nissan Safety Shield Technologies

Nissan regards safety as a paramount concern, and it shows in both the Rogue and Murano. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 equips both models on all trims, indicating a standardization of advanced safety features across both models.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 is a comprehensive suite of safety features that utilizes cameras, radar technology, and sonar to continuously monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.

Both vehicles leverage Nissan technology. Features such as Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, and Lane Departure Warning are key components of this system, designed to enhance driver awareness and reaction to potential hazards.

Maintenance and Longevity in the Rogue vs Murano

Under-the-hood shot of the Nissan Rogue, featuring its 1.5L engine and a turbocharger with red and yellow accented components.

The Nissan rogue has a 1.5L engine; in our experience taking Nissans for test drives, a smaller engine means less power and performance, but with a turbocharger the Rogue boasts an impressive 201 horsepower from that base engine spec. Great power to weight ratio!

Purchasing a vehicle involves a long-term commitment, and understanding its maintenance and longevity is crucial. The Nissan Murano involves an annual repair cost of CA$690, lower than average for its segment

According to Murano owners on forums, with proper maintenance practices, the vehicle has the potential to last between 290,000 to 320,000 kilometers.

Regular maintenance is crucial, and for used models, especially those with higher mileage, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended to ensure continued performance.

Maintenance and Reliability of the Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is recognized for its reliability, with a rating of 4.0 out of 5.0 and ranking 13th among compact SUVs, according to RepairPal. It also boasts an affordable average annual repair cost. With regular maintenance, Rogues often exceed 320,000 kilometers, reflecting their build quality and endurance.

Adhering to the recommended service intervals comes highly recommended. Nissan's warranty offers coverage for 3 years or 60,000 kilometers basic and 5 years or 100,000 kilometers powertrain coverage.

For optimal care, Country Hills Nissan provides professional maintenance services to ensure your Rogue's performance and safety over time.

Test Driving Both Models at Your Local Nissan Dealership in Calgary

Nissan Rogue in silver powerfully accelerating on a test drive in summer

The Nissan Rogue is a pleasure to drive, with more power and performance than you might expect, which is why most Country Hills Nissan staff enjoy taking customers on test drives with it.

It’s not so easy to decide between the Rogue and Murano, but the choice becomes clearer when you experience both vehicles firsthand.

Our sales advisors at Country Hills Nissan have each done a test drive on both the Rogue and Murano to get a feel for their performance on the open road. The Rogue is a popular request and the Murano's smooth and powerful ride speaks for itself!

The Rogue actually offers a fresh and competitive driving experience, with its improved trim lineup. It's also the successor to discontinued models like the Nissan Juke. If you're still not convinced, come book back-to-back test drives of the Rogue and Murano to get a feel for it firsthand!

Ultimately, the choice between the Nissan Rogue and Murano comes down to your personal preference and lifestyle needs. Whether you prioritize efficiency, value, premium features, or performance, visiting us in Country Hills and experiencing these vehicles firsthand will help you make an informed decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's better, Nissan Rogue or Nissan Murano?

To sum it up, both the Rogue and Murano are excellent vehicles, each with its own strengths. The Nissan Rogue shines with its sporty design, impressive cargo space, and value for money, while the Nissan Murano stands out with its powerful engine, top-of-the-line amenities, and established reputation—among Nissan owners at least.

Which vehicle has better fuel economy?

The Nissan Rogue has better fuel economy with a manufacturer reported 6.7 L/100km on the highway. It scores an 8.4 L/100km average in the city! The Murano combined mileage is 10.4 L/100km

Which vehicle offers more cargo space, Rogue or Murano?

The Nissan Rogue offers more cargo space, with 36.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 74.1 cubic feet with the seats folded down. It's a practical choice for hauling large items.

Do both vehicles come with Nissan Safety Shield technologies?

Yes, both the Nissan Rogue and Murano come with Nissan Safety Shield 360 technologies on all trims. You're in good hands with both vehicles.

Where can I test drive the Nissan Rogue and Murano?

You can test drive the Nissan Rogue and Murano at Country Hills Nissan! Inquire about open timeslots today!

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