When a family adventure is calling your name in St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, you need a safe and spacious SUV. That's why the Nissan Murano and the Toyota RAV4 are at the top of your list, but which one is right for you and your loved ones?

Our team at St. Charles Nissan set out to answer that question with this Nissan Murano vs. Toyota RAV4 comparison. Let's see who comes out on top.

Nissan Murano vs Toyota RAV4: Interior Space and Comfort

Both SUVs have seating for up to five passengers, so you'll be able to bring everyone along in either model. If you're looking for more wiggle room, however, you'll want to choose the Nissan Murano. It has 108.1 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to just 98.9 cubic feet in the Toyota RAV4.

They both bring you the personalized comfort of climate controlled front seats and Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control. You'll only get the premium relaxation of leather upholstery in the Nissan Murano.

Whether you choose the Murano or the RAV4, you'll be able to keep up with your favorite smartphone apps and playlists with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. However, you may find the standard 8-inch NissanConnect® touchscreen in the Murano easier to use than the standard 7-inch display in the RAV4.

Murano vs RAV4: Safety and Driver Assistance

When your family is in tow, peace of mind is important. That's why both SUVs come standard with a system that will warn you of potential collisions and apply the brakes if you don't react in time. Only the Intelligent Forward Collision Warning in the Murano can monitor up to two cars ahead, though.

Both the Murano and the RAV4 offer Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. They'll watch out for incoming vehicles, so you'll be more confident when changing lanes and backing out in a crowded parking lot.

You'll only get the parking prowess of an Intelligent Around View® Monitor in the Nissan Murano. It gives you an overhead view of the SUV, so you'll be able to navigate into tight parking spots.

Engine Power and Performance

If you're looking for the more powerful SUV, you'll need to choose the Nissan Murano. Its standard 3.5L V6 engine generates 260 horsepower, while the standard 2.5L Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder engine of the RAV4 is maxed out at just 203 horsepower.

You may also get a smoother ride in the Nissan Murano. Its standard Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) makes virtually gearless shifts. The Toyota RAV4 comes with an 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, and only offers a CVT on certain trim levels.

When a storm rolls in and the roads get slick, both vehicles can be outfitted with an all-wheel drive system. They'll adjust the power output by sending the most power to the wheels with the best grip. So, you'll have total control in rain and snow.

Nissan Murano vs Toyota RAV4: Time to Decide!

The competition was close, but it's clear to see that if you want an SUV with more space, advanced safety features, and more power, the Nissan Murano is the superior choice. Take it to the streets of St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, Missouri, to see if it's right for you.

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