The Murano SL/Platinum offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Crosstour has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature which could reduce stopping distances.
The Murano SL/Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Crosstour only offers a rear monitor.
To help make backing safer, the Murano SL/Platinum’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Murano and the Crosstour have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Murano its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Crosstour has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2015 “Top Pick Plus.”
The camshafts in the Murano’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Crosstour 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Crosstour’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Crosstour isn’t in the top three.
The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 68 more horsepower (260 vs. 192) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 162) than the Crosstour’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstour AWD V6 (21 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).
For better stopping power the Murano’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstour:
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 Crosstour are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the Crosstour (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).
The Murano’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstour V6’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Crosstour 4 cyl. The Murano’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Crosstour V6.
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 Crosstour doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Crosstour (111.2 inches vs. 110.1 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 1.5 feet tighter than the Crosstour’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.2 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Murano has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Crosstour (6.9 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Murano is 4.2 inches shorter than the Crosstour, making the Murano easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Crosstour doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Murano has 6.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Crosstour (108.1 vs. 101.4).
The Murano has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Crosstour.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The Crosstour’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Crosstour with its rear seat up (39.6 vs. 25.7 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Crosstour with its rear seat folded (69.9 vs. 51.3 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Crosstour doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Murano SL/Platinum has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a power trunk.
The Murano offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 Crosstour doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Crosstour’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Murano has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Crosstour only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
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 Crosstour doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Murano and the Crosstour offer available heated front seats. The Murano Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Crosstour.
Standard air conditioned seats in the Murano Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Crosstour doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Murano Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Crosstour doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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 Crosstour EX-L/V6.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Murano SL/Platinum offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Crosstour doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Murano will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Murano will retain 46.17% to 49.66% of its original price after five years, while the Crosstour only retains 41.41% to 45.84%.
The Nissan Murano won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Honda Crosstour didn't win any award.
The Nissan Murano outsold the Honda Crosstour by over four to one during 2014.