2020 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2020 Nissan Murano | McKinney, TX
In the market for a midsize SUV? The odds are good that during your online shopping, you’ve come across the 2020 Mazda CX-5 and 2020 Nissan Murano. The former starts at a much lower price than the latter ($25,190 vs. $31,730), with an even greater difference at the top end (the Mazda CX-5 Signature starts at $37,155 while the Murano Platinum starts at $43,930).*
However, there is a significant price overlap in the middle, and despite its greater appeal to tighter budgets, the Mazda CX-5 proves to be a formidable opponent to the Nissan Murano. In fact, as you will soon discover, it’s simply the better midsize SUV.
As a company, Mazda has always maintained a strong reputation for enjoyable driving dynamics, and this remains true even in the utility vehicle segment. The Murano is offered with only a single engine, while the CX-5 is offered with one that’s either more efficient or more powerful — your pick. Better handling and advanced powertrain tech like predictive i-ACTIV AWD® give you more confidence behind the wheel of the CX-5, and while both vehicles have an adaptive cruise control feature, only the CX-5 model’s is capable of coming to a full stop and restarting again depending on traffic conditions.
Safety is always important, but it counts for even more than usual when you expect to be hauling family around. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 was named a 2020 Top Safety Pick+ vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for having advanced (and standard) vehicle-to-pedestrian detection and good headlight visibility on top of excellent crash-test performances. The 2020 Nissan Murano, on the other hand, has poor headlight visibility and its safety systems cannot detect pedestrians unless you pay extra for options.
Just as the CX-5 has more standard safety features than the Murano, it also has more standard interior features and higher material quality than the Murano despite its price advantage. The tasteful design of the CX-5 also gives it a more premium feel. The CX-5 Grand Touring, which starts at $30,310 (still $1,420 less than the most affordable Murano) is like a luxury crossover, with heated leather-trimmed seats, a 10-speaker Bose® audio system, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and memory functions, and a one-touch-open sliding-glass moonroof.*
With more safety features, a higher-quality interior, more enjoyable driving dynamics, and a lower price, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 easily outmatches the 2020 Nissan Murano. Test drive it today at El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas.
*MSRP excludes tax, title, license fees, and $1,100 destination charge (Alaska $1,145). Vehicle shown may be priced higher. Actual dealer price will vary. See dealer for complete details.