Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Murano VS 2010 Toyota Venza Near Macon, GA

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2010 Nissan Murano

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2010 Toyota Venza

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Toyota Venza has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Venza has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the Venza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 83 more horsepower (265 vs. 182) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 182) than the Venza’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 246) than the Venza’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Murano has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venza (21.7 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Venza are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the Venza:



70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Venza (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Venza’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Murano SL AWD is quieter than the Venza (35 vs. 37 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .5 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Venza.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano SL/LE’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Venza doesn’t offer power folding seats.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Murano automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Venza’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

When two different drivers share the Murano LE, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Venza doesn’t offer a memory system.

On a hot day the Murano’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Venza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Venza’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The Venza doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Murano’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Venza’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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