The Nissan Rogue is one of the top selling vehicles in America.
The Nissan Murano offers more style and power.
The 2019 Murano receives mild styling and safety updates.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Murano are two similarly sized SUVs offered by the same automaker. Technically, the Rogue competes in the compact segment, while the Murano competes in the midsize segment, but nobody can blame you if you have a difficult time telling the two apart. Below, we’ll take a look at these two side by side to help you to understand which one may be better for you.
The Nissan Rogue was last fully redesigned for the 2014 model year and received a face-lift for 2017. Unlike the Murano, the Rogue offers an available third-row seat, which is unique in its segment. Two powertrains are offered: traditional and hybrid, while all trim levels are available with all-wheel drive. The 2019 Rogue competes with the likes of the Honda CR-V, the Toyota RAV4, the Ford Escape and the Jeep Cherokee. Prices start at $24,920 and top out at around $36,000 in fully loaded SL Hybrid form.
The Murano was last all new for 2015 and receives a mild update for the 2019 model year that consists of styling tweaks and the addition of some active safety features. All Muranos offer seating for five. One engine and transmission combo is offered. Murano competitors consist of the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Ford Edge and the upcoming Honda Passport and the Chevrolet Blazer. The 2019 Murano starts at $31,270 and exceeds $45,000 in Platinum AWD form.
The 2019 Nissan Rogue and the Nissan Murano both wear attractive exterior styling. The more conservatively styled of the two, the Rogue is still muscular and handsome. The Rogue gained a tougher interpretation of Nissan’s V-shaped front end with the 2017 facelift. Each of the creases and angles in the Rogue’s bodywork works well with the overall design.
The Murano is a bit more over the top than the Rogue, and its busy styling may not be for everyone. The Murano’s face looks a bit startled, thanks to headlights that stretch back toward the A-pillars. Like seemingly every new crossover design, the Murano employs the "floating D-pillar" look that sees a black trim piece bisect the D-pillar at the base of the roof. The Murano’s back end is similar to the front, with taillights that stretch into the rear quarter panels. Black trim surrounds the bottom area of the vehicle to give the impression of increased ground clearance.
At 184.5 inches long, the Rogue is about eight inches shorter than the Murano, which measures 192.4 inches. The Rogue is also about an inch lower and three inches narrower than the Murano, although the Rogue does offer an additional 1.3 inches of ground clearance.
On the inside, the Rogue offers a pretty simple interior, although the Platinum Reserve interior package introduces unique quilted leather seating inserts to the equation. All variations of the Rogue come with a center infotainment screen along with an additional screen in the gauge cluster.
Murano buyers are treated to a more luxurious interior than what you get with a Rogue. Instead of large swaths of black plastic, the Murano offers softer interior aesthetics, and the space is dominated by aluminum accents, which serve to balance things out nicely. Like the Rogue, the Murano offers a standard center infotainment screen and a screen in the gauge cluster, although the Murano’s gauge cluster screen is much bigger than what you get in a Rogue.
In terms of interior dimensions, the Rogue offers 41.6 inches of headroom and 43.0 inches of legroom up front, compared to the Murano’s 39.9 inches and 40.5 inches, respectively. The Murano makes up for its slightly more cramped front row by offering a larger second row than the Rogue, with 39.8 inches of headroom and 38.7 inches of legroom to the Rogue’s 38.5 inches of headroom and 37.9 inches of legroom.
In terms of cargo space, the Murano is actually smaller than the Rogue. The Rogue offers 39 cu ft. of cargo room behind its second row while the Murano offers only 32 cu ft. Fold the second row, and the Rogue’s cargo space expands to 70 cu ft., while the Murano offers 67 cu ft. with its second row folded. Rogues equipped with a third row offer 9 cu ft. of cargo room when the third row when it is extended, and 32 cu ft. when its folded down.
The Rogue offers one traditional powertrain along with a hybrid variant. The non-hybrid version gets a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 170 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid uses a smaller 2.0-liter 4-cylinder but adds a hybrid system for a combined output of 176 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. All versions of the Rogue come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Non-hybrid models earn 29 miles per gallon in combined driving with front-wheel drive, or 27 mpg combined with AWD. The Rogue Hybrid offers reasonably good fuel savings. FWD models earn 34 mpg overall, while opting for AWD results in a one mpg loss, earning 33 mpg in combined driving.
Like the Rogue, the Murano is available with either FWD or AWD. One engine and transmission combination is offered: a 3.5-liter V6 good for 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and paired with a CVT. Whether you opt for FWD or AWD, the Murano’s fuel economy remains the same, earning 24 mpg overall in combined driving.
Features & Technology
Both the Rogue and the Murano can be had with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, while only the Murano offers available ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats. Nissan’s trick tire refill system that beeps when a desired pressure is reached is standard on both vehicles.
Every Rogue comes with a standard 7-in center infotainment screen, while the Murano offers a standard 8-in screen. Both run Nissan’s latest infotainment software and come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
The Murano and the Rogue both offer an optional panoramic sunroof along with an available 360-degree surround view camera with a unique "Moving Object Detection" feature, which can identify and notify the driver of moving objects around the vehicle as its traveling at speeds of up to 6 miles per hour, or about the top speed one reaches when parking.
Another feature unique to the Murano are handles that are located in the cargo area for lowering the second row of seats.
Like many vehicles in its segment, the Rogue can be optioned with a hands-free power tailgate that works by swiping one’s foot under the rear bumper. Once in the cargo area, the Rogue offers additional storage via a compartment located under the main load floor.
Both the Rogue and the Murano perform well in crash testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with the Rogue scoring well enough to earn a Top Safety Pick designation.
As of the 2019 model year, both vehicles also offer a relatively comprehensive array of driver-assistance safety features. Both the Rogue and the Murano offer standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. On top of this, the Rogue can be optioned with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist. While the Murano has offered blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control in years past, as part of its 2019 refresh, it gains optional reverse automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. Lane-keeping assist is still absent.
Quality & Reliability
While the Murano offers a more upscale interior and uses higher quality components than the Rogue, the overall reliability of either vehicle should be about the same.
Nissan offers a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, on par with most other automakers, but it falls short of offerings by Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen. Opt for a Rogue hybrid and said system is warrantied for 8 years/100,000 miles.
Given their relatively similar sizes and shapes, both the Murano and the Rogue are practical vehicles that offer a variety of touches buyers will likely enjoy. That said, both are due for a redesign and neither one is a leader in its respective segment, due in part to their wheezy CVTs and Nissan’s aggressive cost cutting measures as of late. Overall though, when looking at the two, the Rogue is the more mainstream option, offering value at the expense of style and refinement. The Murano on the other hand comes with a more powerful engine, better interior materials and is meant to be a more exciting vehicle overall. When it comes down to it, young families, or buyers on a tight budget will likely favor the Rogue, while buyers looking to make more of a statement from their vehicle should check out a Murano.