Nissan Murano vs Ford Explorer

Nissan Murano

If you’re searching for an SUV that offers all-day comfort and lots of amenities, you can’t go wrong with either the Murano or Explorer.

Both vehicles have a lot to offer to drivers in Jenkintown, Abington, Glenside, and Philadelphia. However, only one of them can be right for you.

We’ll help you decide which one that is in this 2018 Nissan Murano vs. Ford Explorer comparison. Discover the similarities and differences between each midsize SUV, and contact us at Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown if you have any questions.


Nissan Murano InteriorThe Nissan Murano and 2018 Ford Explorer offer smooth rides and composed handling. Because of this, they’re both great commuter cars.

However, the Murano may be better for your longer drives, as it’s quite fuel-efficient. When equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine and an Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission), the vehicle achieves an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway MPG.1

The Ford Explorer, meanwhile, only achieves an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 highway MPG. As a result, your commute might run a little long from stopping at the gas station to refuel.
Furthermore, because the Explorer feels bigger than others in the class, you may find that maneuvering through a parking lot poses a bit of a challenge.


Nissan Murano InteriorBoth SUVs are roomy with comfortable seats. However, the Nissan Murano feels like a luxury SUV, with an upscale cabin filled with high-end soft-touch materials.

Plus, it has Zero Gravity seats that are inspired by NASA. They contour the body, creating a weightless feel for all-day comfort.

The Explorer, on the other hand, is a solid SUV with a nice design. It’s not as refined as the Murano. While the seats are comfortable, they’re nothing like the Zero Gravity seats found inside the Nissan model.
Nevertheless, each vehicle offers plenty of amenities to help relax everyone on board. These include heated/ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats. The Murano goes a step further by also offering a heated steering wheel. This way, you can easily warm your hands up on a chilly morning.


Regardless of how long your drive is, you’ll still want to stay connected and entertained the whole time. What’s great is that you can easily do so in either the 2018 Murano or 2018 Explorer.

They both come standard with Bluetooth® technology, making it easy to stream audio or make phone calls hands-free.

The Murano also comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. This feature lets you send text messages, listen to podcasts, and more from the vehicle so you don’t have to mess around with your phone. All your apps will appear on a standard 8-inch touchscreen and heard through a 6-speaker sound system.
Nissan Murano Cargo Space
The Explorer comes standard with a 6-speaker sound system, too. Unfortunately, if you want an 8-inch touchscreen or Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™, you’ll have to get one of the higher trim levels.


The 2018 Ford Explorer is no doubt an impressive SUV. However, the 2018 Nissan Murano is more fuel-efficient and stylish, plus it comes standard with more technologies.

If you want to experience this midsize SUV near Jenkintown, Abington, Glenside, or Philadelphia, don’t wait. Schedule a test drive at Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown today!
1 2018 EPA fuel economy estimates: 21 city/28 highway MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.