2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Nissan Murano Comparison

The 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Nissan Murano are both quality midsize SUVs that have a lot to offer. The Explorer has been a popular model for more than 25 years now, and the 2018 model isn’t likely to disappoint.

The Nissan Murano, a crossover that is also filled with features that drivers desire. Let’s compare the vehicles to determine which one could be the best choice for you.


The 2018 Explorer has a range of features including power driver seats, leather seat trim, navigation system, and parking assist. The Platinum version of the Explorer also contains rain sensing windshield wipers and a tilting glass sunroof. Ford has moved towards a more luxurious design for the Explorer, which is seen primarily grill, giving it a more upscale appearance.

Some of the features of the 2018 Nissan Murano include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks and driver seats, power passenger seats, and ABS brakes. It has a blind spot warning accident avoidance system, dusk sensing headlights, an engine immobilizer, and emergency braking assist.

Seating & Cargo

The 2018 Explorer has seating for seven. The third row of seats is what really separates the Explorer from the Murano, as well as it’s cargo room. The cargo volume for the 2018 Explorer behind the third row of seats is is 21 cubic feet, near best in class. With the rear seats folded, cargo volume is 43.9 cubic feet.

The Murano offers five seats and it’s cargo volume behind the back row is 32.1 cubic feet. In this 2018 Explorer vs. Murano comparison, the Explorer gets the edge on space and practicality. The Murano is more about style and efficiency. For a larger three-row Nissan SUV, consider the ”
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Engines and Power

There are three engine options with the 2018 Ford Explorer including a 3.5-liter V6 base engine with 290-horsepower and 255lb-ft of torque. Optional engines include a turbocharged 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine with 280-horsepower and 310lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 with 365-horsepower and 350lb-ft of torque. The Explorer is the better choice if you’re looking to tow a small boat or trailer.

The Nissan Murano offers a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with an Xtronic transmission. You can choose from front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive with both vehicles. Nissan has not changed the power of the Murano’s engine over the model’s 16 year run to date, only improved its efficiency.

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Fuel Efficiency

The fuel efficiency of the base 2018 Explorer is 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. For efficiency, opt for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost as it rates a solid 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, 22 overall. An all-wheel drive EcoBoost is rated at 18/25/21.

The 2018 Murano is the more efficient choice with EPA rated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.


The starting MSRP for the basic Explorer XLT is $35,015. The Sport option, which is considered well-equipped starts at $46,945, and the Platinum fully loaded option is $54,935. The Limited starts at $43,085 and the Sport at $46,945.

In the Murano, there are a range of price points for the vehicle based on the model chosen. The S trim FWD starts at $30,550, while the SV FWD is $33,850, the SL FWD is $38,250 and the Platinum FWD is $41,980. All-wheel drive adds $1,600 to the price tag, respectively.

Other midsize SUVs to consider include the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.

After checking out this 2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Nissan Murano comparison, you can more easily decide on which one might be right for your next vehicle. Which one do you prefer? Let us know in the poll below.

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