Bigger than any compact crossover, midsize SUVs come with a wide range of benefits such as capability, durability, and interior space. Additionally, models of this segment have less weight than standard SUVs, which makes them more maneuverable and easier to drive. A midsize SUV, therefore, is ideal for those growing families that need to carry lots of items on a daily basis, be it baby accessories or sports equipment, and don’t want to compromise performance.
The 2020 Dodge Durango is a solid option in this competitive segment. This model is essentially the muscle-car of the three-row crossover class, but like any good SUV, it doesn’t spare in utility and comfort. Today we are comparing it to the 2020 Nissan Murano, another popular model in the market. Keep reading to find out what each of these vehicles has to offer in terms of performance and capacity so you can make the most informed buying decision.
Like any Dodge, the Durango stands out from the crowd thanks to its splendid performance. Following the brand’s core, the engine options of this model start where many other brand’s powertrains leave off. Standard on the base trim is a 3.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the Nissan Murano, the Dodge includes two more engine options, a 5.7-liter HEMI® 8-cylinder that puts up to 360 horsepower, and a 6.4-liter HEMI® 8-cylinder that delivers impressive 475 horsepower. This last engine, standard on the SRT trim, makes the Durango America’s fastest and most capable standard three-row SUV.
In terms of towing capacity, the Durango also outpaces the Murano. The standard engine can pull 6,200 pounds, while the 6.4-liter engine can tow a maximum of 8,700 pounds. The Nissan Murano, on the other hand, can only pull up to 1,500 pounds. Despite the difference in power, both models share similar fuel-efficiency ratings.
Inside the Dodge, passengers will find a lot more space to stretch than in the Nissan. While seating for five comes standard in both models, the Durango has the option to add a third row that increases seating capacity up to seven. The cargo area is also wider in this model, which offers 84.5 cubic feet of maximum space. The Nissan Murano, on the contrary, only has 67.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats.
As for connectivity, the Nissan Murano comes standard with a bigger touchscreen. Even so, the Dodge Durango offers another Uconnect system besides the 7.0-inch display, a 8.4-inch touchscreen with integrated navigation. Unlike the Murano, this model also has an available 9.0-inch dual-screen Blu-ray™ entertainment system that helps keep passengers entertained no matter the length of the ride.