Nissan Pathfinder vs Murano Comparison
Trying to find an SUV that’s not only spacious and comfortable but powerful and efficient? Nissan offers two spectacular options: the 2020 Pathfinder vs. the 2020 Murano. With so much to love about both vehicles, how will you choose between them?
That’s what we at Courtesy Nissan hope to help you do with this comparison. Shoppers in Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano should read ahead to see which model is the perfect thing for them!
Pathfinder vs Murano: Performance Specifications
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Nissan Murano are standardly powered by similar 3.5L V6 engines. However, the Pathfinder kicks power up a notch with added standard Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG™) technology. This boosts this model’s power output to 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque.
The Murano isn’t far behind, though, with a power output of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. This gives you all the oomph you need to make every commute, family adventure, and weekend errand exciting.
The Pathfinder’s little bit of extra power goes a long way and enables it to tow up to 6,000 pounds of trailer weight when properly equipped.1 Use this kind of towing capability to move all kinds of things like the family pop-up camper, a utility trailer with big toys like ATVs and snowmobiles, or a flatbed trailer piled high with DIY home improvement project supplies.
The Nissan Murano, on the other hand, offers a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.2 Though you won’t be able to tow this much in the Murano, its smaller size benefits its fuel economy—the Murano achieves a respectable EPA-estimated 20 city/28 highway MPG.3
Pathfinder vs Murano: Cargo & Passenger Space
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Nissan Murano differ quite a bit when it comes to their interiors. Since the Pathfinder is a full-size SUV and the Murano is a midsize crossover, you’ll have two more seats in the Pathfinder. However, both models offer plenty of space for their passengers with the following dimensions:
2020 Nissan Pathfinder
2020 Nissan Murano
Front- / 2nd-Row Headroom
42.2 in. / 39.4 in.
39.9 in. / 39.8 in.
Front- / 2nd-Row Hip Room
56.8 in. / 56.0 in.
55.4 in. / 55.2 in.
Front- / 2nd-Row Legroom
42.2 in. / 41.7 in.
40.5 in. / 38.7 in.
Front- / 2nd-Row Shoulder Room
60.9 in. / 60.4 in.
59.5 in. / 58.8 in.
You may have two extra seats in the Pathfinder, but the Murano offers quite a bit of extra cargo space without sacrificing any seats. In the Murano, you’ll have 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats. In total, the Murano offers a whopping 67 cubic feet of cargo space inside the cabin.
As the larger model, the Pathfinder specializes in cargo space. With all seven seats upright and in place, the Pathfinder offers 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the third row of seats and you’ll get 47.4 cubic feet of cargo space. For the most cargo space possible, fold down all five rear seats in the Pathfinder, which will provide you with 79.5 cubic feet of space.
Configuring your cargo space in this model has never been easier thanks to the standard EZ FLEXÒ Seating System with 2nd-row 60/40 split fold-flat bench seat and 3rd-row 50/50 split fold-flat reclining bench seat.
Pathfinder vs Murano: Advanced Technology Features
As Nissan vehicles, both the 2020 Pathfinder and 2020 Murano offer some incredible pieces of technology that will change the way you drive. Both models come equipped with intuitive infotainment systems featuring 8-inch color multi-touch displays, Bluetooth® connectivity, hands-free text messaging assistant, and available Nissan Navigation System.
Nissan doesn’t stop there, though. They’ve also equipped both models with SiriusXMÒ Traffic and Travel LinkÒ capability to help you stay on schedule. This feature provides you with real-time traffic and weather updates as well as assistance with finding points of interest, gas stations, and available parking.
The touchscreen displays in both models can be used for more than entertainment and navigation. These touchscreens can be paired with an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor in either vehicle. Use this feature to get a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of your vehicle’s surroundings right on your infotainment screen.
In addition to the features the Pathfinder and the Murano have in common, both offer several unique features of their own. In the Pathfinder, you can opt for an available Tri-Zone Entertainment System with dual head restraint-mounted 8-inch monitors as well as a remote control and two pairs of wireless headphones.
The Murano comes standardly equipped with Apple CarPlayÒ and Android AutoÔ. These handy features integrate your favorite smartphone apps with the infotainment touchscreen so you can safely access audio, texts, social media, and more from behind the wheel.
Pathfinder vs Murano: Active Safety Systems
As family vehicles, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Nissan Murano make safety a top priority. Both are fitted with a wide spectrum of advanced driver-assistance technologies, many of which they have in common. In both the Pathfinder and the Murano, you’ll find:
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking
- Available Blind Spot Warning
- Available Intelligent Cruise Control
- Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert
These features are designed to act like a second set of eyes on the road to help you prevent accidents and keep everyone on board safe. By using systems of advanced exterior sensors and cameras, these features can pick up on the presence of other vehicles as well as changes in your driving environment and alert you in time to prevent any problems.
The Nissan Murano takes safety a step further with several extra driver- assistance features, including Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2020 Nissan Murano: Which One?
As you can see, both the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2020 Nissan Murano deliver when it comes to the full SUV package. No matter which one you choose, you’ll be behind the wheel of a vehicle that you can rely on and feel good in. Contact us today to test drive the Nissan Pathfinder or Nissan Murano.
The only way to know for sure which one is the best fit for you, though, is to get behind the wheel and get the full experience for yourself. Shoppers in the areas of Richardson, Garland, Addison, and Plano can schedule a test drive in one or both models today by giving us a call at Courtesy Nissan!
1 Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped. Towing capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.
2 Towing capability varies by trim level and configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.
3 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 20 City MPG / 28 Highway MPG / 23 Combined MPG for MuranoÒ. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.