2020 Nissan Murano vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Murano has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Murano and the Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 57 more horsepower (260 vs. 203) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 184) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

Murano

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

83.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Murano has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Murano’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

Murano

Rav4

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Rav4 are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Rav4:

Murano

Rav4

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the Rav4 (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Rav4 LE/XLE. The Murano SL/Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited.

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Rav4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the Rav4 (111.2 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Rav4 Limited pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Limited (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Murano Platinum AWD is quieter than the Rav4 Limited 4WD (75 vs. 77 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Murano has 9.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (108.1 vs. 98.9).

The Murano has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 7.5 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Murano. The Rav4 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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The Murano uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rav4 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Murano S’ standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Murano has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Rav4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Murano has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rav4 XLE/XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Rav4 because it costs $264 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Murano than the Rav4, including $1 less for front brake pads, $21 less for a starter and $188 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Toyota Rav4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rav4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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