150 Series Toyota Prado Vs Nissan Murano

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This is a comparison review of between the Toyota Prado and the Nissan Murano (Z51 series) of 2010.

The Nissan Murano model that we're looking was released in 2009 and a refinement of the original 2002 model. Strangely it is not a popular model due obviously to its loud front end exterior design.

We actually like the look of the Murano because it does stand out but also because it is a very good car. Comparing the Prado and Murano is not appropriate since the two are very different cars. However we think it is worth considering because it is easy enough to get over the front end design and look at the side and rear which is good looking.

To be perfectly honest the Murano is a overlooked model for what is a legitimately competitor to the Lexus RX - since both are not serious off road vehicles but luxury road biased SUVs. Seriously give it a go. It feels more expensive than say the CX-9 or BMW X1 and X3.

The specification comparison and review are listed below.


Nissan Murano
150 Series Toyota Prado LandCruiser

The exterior of the Murano, specifically the front end is just too glamorized it borders on the ugly side rather. The rest of the car's exterior is actually quite nice. The Prado is quite different and relatively conservative in comparison. Mind you if the grill on the Murano was body colored it would appear quite ordinary.

The interior for the Murano is a standout in terms of quality of materials and build quality - for a Nissan. It overwhelms you with cosseted and chunkiness and softness. There are also lots of gadgets to play with!  Overall it is a nice place to be and leaves you with the impression of luxury. The Prado does not feel as nice. The Murano is probably better compared with the Lexus RX350. In that comparison the Nissan would still win due to the price factor.

The Murano is a quiet and clam place to be on the road this is a standout in the current Nissan range for sure. It does not reach Lexus RX quality but it is pretty close - 90% perhaps?? There's enough power to to use if you wanted to. However you will not be able to go everywhere you'd want off-road but that's the trade off.

The only issue we have with the drive is the huge expanse of bonnet unless you are really tall or have the seat height adjusted correctly.

All up we'd buy a Murano if we didn't go off road. In that sense the Prado is the compromise. Strangely when we compared it to the Lexus RX350 we'd still pick the Murano and know that we  have money left over to buy a base model Prado for off-road work.

Give the Nissan Murano a go and you will be surprised. It's a bargain for the price and a good car too!

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

150 Series Toyota Prado
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD

Nissan Murano
2010 $45,990 - 57,890 AUD



150 series Toyota LandCruiser Prado Nissan Murano (Z51)

1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with Dual VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 203Kw @ 5600RPM
Claimed 380Nm @ 4400RPM

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 128Kw @ 3400RPM
Claimed 410Nm @ 1600-2800RPM
V6 Petrol
Quad Cam with VVT EFI
3.5 Litre (3498cc)
Claimed 191Kw @ 6000 RPM
Claimed 336Nm @ 4400 RPM

2195 - 2435Kg
Towing capacity up to 2500kg
Kerb weight 1755-1835Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500Kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 150 litres
IL6 Petrol 11.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
IL4 Diesel 8.5 litres per 100km (Auto)
82 litres
V6 Petrol 10.9 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
5 Spd Auto or 6 spd manual transmission
Overall height/width 1905/1875
Overall length/wheelbase 4850/2790
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
CVT auto transmission
Overall height/width 1730/1885
Overall length/wheelbase 4835/2825
4WD system: AWD and selectable modes
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 32
Departure 24-25
Breakover 22
Drive system AWD
Min ground clearance 220mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 30
Departure 20
Min ground clearance 225mm
Performance figures  
2010 $58,490 - 88,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $45,990 - 57,890 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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