Rogue® vs. Murano® vs. Pathfinder®: A Comparison

February 10th, 2022

What is the difference between these Nissan Crossovers and SUVs? 

Nissan has a long-standing reputation for quality and a dedication to innovation. It's why the Nissan lineup is thrilling at every turn. Ever wonder what makes Nissan vehicles different? Let's take a look at the similarities and differences between 3 Nissan vehicles; the Rogue crossover SUV, the Murano mid-size crossover and the Pathfinder full-size SUV.

Engine, horsepower, and transmission

Nissan Pathfinder vs Murano

Rogue: Starting with the smallest vehicle of the 3 vehicles in this comparison, the 2023 Nissan Rogue crossover features a 3L 3-cylinder engine, to help produce 201 hp of stirring performance. With 5 available drive modes, turn the dial to Sport Mode to add some pep to your routine. 

Murano: The 2023 Nissan Murano offers a 3.5L V6 engine, and 260 HP @6,000 rpm. A step-up in power from the Nissan Rogue, the Nissan Murano delivers plenty of power in a crossover.

Pathfinder: The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is packed with power. With an impressive 284 HP, 3.5 Liter V6 engine, you’ll feel confident cruising the highway or towing large watercraft.[[114]] Pathfinder’s new 9-speed automatic transmission helps deliver quick response and enhanced control while also maximizing fuel efficiency.[[1472]] Dial in your adventure simply by selecting one of seven available drive and terrain modes specifically designed to match the conditions. Pathfinder is the most powerful SUV amongst the 3 vehicles in this comparison.

Towing capacity

Nissan Pathfinder vs Rogue

Along with more power, comes greater towing capacity. These 3 powerful vehicles also have 3 different towing capacities. If you only need towing capacity to tow up to 1,500lbs., the Rogue is a great choice. [[114]] The Murano can tow equal to the Rogue with a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs. Whereas the 2023 Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 lbs., so you can bring all the toys the Pathfinder can handle, on all your adventures.

Exterior dimensions

Nissan Pathfinder Exterior Dimensions

Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder is the second largest SUV in the Nissan lineup. And the largest of the three vehicles in this comparison, measuring 114.2 in. of wheelbase, 197.7 in total length., 66.9 in. of height, and an overall width of 77.9 in.

Nissan Murano Exterior Dimensions

Nissan Murano

Right in the middle of the three is the Nissan Murano. The Murano comes in at 111.2 in of wheelbase, a length of 192.8 in, 67.8 in of height and an overall width of 75.4 in. A great choice if the Pathfinder is too large for your needs. 

Nissan Rogue Exterior Dimensions

Nissan Rogue

And lastly the Nissan Rogue which is slightly smaller in size than the Murano. The Rogue's exterior measurements are 106.5 in. wheelbase, 183 in. in length, 66.5 in. height and 72.4 in. overall width. 

Seating capacity

As expected, with the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder being the largest SUV in this comparison, it has the most passenger room.  With its third row, there is seating capacity for up to 8 passengers. This might be the best pick for a large crew, or if you just need the extra interior space. 

For the two midsize crossovers SUVs, both the 2023 Nissan Murano and 2023 Nissan Rogue offer 2 rows of seating for up to 5 passengers, however, the 2023 Nissan Murano offers more total interior volume than the 2023 Nissan Rogue. 

2023 Nissan Pathfinder Seating Capacity

Cargo capacity

2021 Nissan Rogue Cargo Capacity

It’s about putting the 'utility' in a vehicle. All three vehicles have sufficient cargo room, it's just a matter of how much room you require for your lifestyle. The 2023 Pathfinder has up to 79.8 cu.ft. of cargo space.[[23]] Pathfinder excels with huge amounts of space, easy-folding 2nd and 3rd row seats and user-friendly design. Pathfinder's folding 2nd and 3rd row seats can create a virtually flat floor. Find even more room for adventure, thanks to out-of-sight cargo storage space that's easy to clean.[[23]]

The 2023 Nissan Murano is just a little smaller in size from the Pathfinder with 74.4 cu.ft. of cargo space with the second row folded down, and 37.7 cu.ft with the rear seats up.[[23]] The 2023 Nissan Rogue is not far behind the Murano with 72.0 cu.ft with the second row folded down, and 36.8 cu.ft with the rear seats up. [[23]]

All three vehicles offer available Motion Activated Liftgate. Whether you’re packing surfboards or a grocery haul, the available kick-activated liftgate helps makes packing and unloading easier.[[23]]

Technology highlights

All three vehicles are packed with available technology. 2023 Pathfinder, 2023 Rogue and 2023 Murano include standard Apple CarPlay® integration and Android Auto™ Integration so you can connect to your device and access music, navigate to your destination and make and receive calls and messages hands-free. All three have impressive infotainment screens. The 2023 Rogue and 2023 Pathfinder both have available wireless Apple CarPlay® and available wireless charging.  [[1189]]

2021 Nissan Rogue Technology

What's the difference between Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features on all three 2023 and 2022 and newer models Apple CarPlay® pairs with compatible iPhones while,  Android Auto™ pairs with compatible Android smartphones. [[1189]]

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay®

People to see? Places to be? Just ask Siri®. Equipped with Siri® voice control, Apple CarPlay® brings your contacts, favorite messaging apps, Apple Music® playlists, Apple Maps, and more on board to your Nissan Murano, Rogue or Pathfinder. And, available on the 2023 Pathfinder and 2023 Rogue, there is no need to plug-in with Wireless Apple CarPlay®.[[1189]]

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto™ extends the Android platform into your Nissan vehicle in a way that's purpose-built for driving, allowing you to bring your favorite apps along for ride. Talk to Google™ on Android Auto™ and get things done with your voice so you can keep your focus on driving. Easily send messages, get directions, control media and more.[[250]][[1189]] 

Nissan Rogue vs Murano and Pathfinder

  2023 Rogue
2023 Murano
2023 Pathfinder
MSRP [[148]] Starting from $27,360 [[148]] Starting from $33,660 [[148]] Starting from $35,000 [[148]]
ENGINE 1.5-liter DOHC 12-valve VC-Turbo™ 3-cylinder engine 3.5 DOHC 24-Valve V6 Engine 3.5 DOHC 24-Valve V6 Engine
MPG CITY/HIGHWAY 30/37 [[1527]] 20/28 [[1532]] 21/26 [[1584]]
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY [[114]] Up to 1,500 lbs. [[114]] Up to 1,500 lbs. [[114]] Up to 6,000 lbs. [[114]]
CARGO (REAR SEATS UP) [[23]] 36.8 cu.ft. 37.0 cu.ft.  16.6 cu.ft.
CARGO (REAR SEATS DOWN) [[23]] 72.0 cu.ft. 74.4 cu.ft. 80.5 cu.ft.
Up to 5 Up to 5 Up to 8

Deciding between these three Nissan vehicles comes down to your lifestyle. If space, towing and power are all important factors, the Nissan Pathfinder is a great choice. If power, and style is what you're in the market for, the Murano is a fitting crossover SUV. If you don't need all the space Pathfinder and Murano offer, but still looking for a roomy crossover SUV, the Rogue is a perfect choice. Build and Price all three vehicles and decide for yourself! 

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