|3.5 V6||Base Engine (L)||2.5 I-4|
|260||Base Horsepower (hp)||193|
|67.0||Cargo Space (cu. ft.)||64.2|
There are several choices in the market when it comes time to find a new midsize SUV. The Nissan Murano and Chevy Blazer are two of those choices. While the Chevy Blazer offers an available V6, Camaro-inspired styling, and seating for five, the Nissan Murano provides drivers with plenty of luxury, looks, and comfort. In fact, there are features the Murano offers that might come as a shocking surprise. There was a time when nobody would get overly excited about the Murano, but that has drastically changed over the years. If you are searching for a newer crossover because you need something bigger than a sedan and smaller than a full-size SUV, these are two good choices. So let's learn a little more about the Murano and Blazer by making a head-to-head comparison. We will settle the dispute by picking the winner of the battle between the 2021 Nissan Murano vs 2021 Chevy Blazer.
Let's get this out in the open; when you are in the market for an SUV, many of you don't want to overspend by opting for a higher trim level that will set you back financially with features that you just really don't need. That is not to say you shouldn't shop for a higher trim, but only if you cannot live without the added features. For example, not everybody wants or needs a heated leather steering wheel or pretty painted wheels. In addition, the base model of an SUV should offer enough premium features that most buyers would be delighted with the product as is. In other words, the base model should be an excellent value.
Both the Murano and Blazer come with excellent features. For example, the base model of the Murano offers cloth-upholstered seats, adult-friendly back seats, and seats that are adjustable and even recline, which is all pretty basic stuff and can be found on the Blazer and other models. But things start getting interesting when we move on to performance.
The Murano offers one engine choice, but it is such a good choice that you wouldn't have a need for anything else. The Murano proudly features a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Now, that is a pretty impressive V6 with decent horsepower; what makes this so exciting is that this is the base model that gets the V6. Sure, you can opt for a V6 under the hood of the Blazer, but you have to buy the higher trims, and that comes at a price. Not only that, but with the higher trim level and higher price, you get features that you don't necessarily want or need.
The Blazer only comes standard with a 2.5-liter I4 engine that nets just 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, which is considerably less power than the Murano. To make matters worse, you don't even get any benefit of better gas mileage due to a less powerful engine. While the Blazer does garner a mile more per gallon in the city, both the Blazer and Murano boast a combined 23 miles per gallon rating. So you aren't saving money in fuel economy by choosing the less powerful Blazer.
Let's talk a little bit about the transmission that is paired with the Murano's V6 engine. The V6 is paired with a CVT transmission, a type of transmission that uses pulleys and steel bands instead of traditional fixed gears. Continuously variable transmissions are constantly adjusting to the way you are driving, and they provide smoother gear changes. But that's not all; CVTs have fewer moving parts, offer better fuel economy, and provide an overall smoother ride. No matter your speed, the transmission always keeps the engine performing at peak efficiency. Too bad the Blazer and its traditional automatic transmission can't say the same thing.
Regardless of what type of vehicle you ultimately choose as your next investment, you should have safety features at the top of your list. While performance, style, and comfort are always important elements of a model, they take a back seat to safety. This makes perfect sense as no matter how quickly a vehicle can get you to your destination, it is not worth it unless you get there safe and sound.
While the Murano has an impressive track record in regards to safety, the Safety Shield 360 package has long been an optional feature. But that has changed as the Murano now comes standard with the Safety Shield 360 package, and that is a really big deal.
There are six components of the Safety Shield 360 package, with each element a critical part of your overall safety. The blind-spot warning detects vehicles that are in your blind spot and warns you with audio and visual alerts. When backing out of a parking space or driveway, rear cross-traffic alert will notify you if there is a vehicle approaching from the side.
Forward collision warning detects and automatically brakes when a potential collision may occur. A rear backup camera will detect objects behind you while backing up and will automatically apply the brakes if necessary. Lane departure warning lets you know when you start to drift from your lane. And lastly, automatic high-beam headlights are able to switch from low beam to high beam depending on traffic conditions.
Now, that is not to say that the Blazer isn't a safe SUV; they do well in safety tests as well. The point is that you just don't get a lot of the safety features found standard on the Murano. For example, rear automatic braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert are all standard safety features on the Murano but are either optional or simply not available on the Blazer.
As you already know, it is important that you stay connected to your electronic devices even as you are on the road. Many of you depend on making phone calls, texting, and emails for work purposes, and it is the standard way we all communicate with friends and family. As such, the infotainment system is an important feature.
The Murano employs the Nissan Connect System, and while it does come with several goodies and great graphics, the best part about it is the touchscreen interface which is quite easy to use. There is no need to spend hours reading a manual trying to figure out how everything works, the menu is simple, and even novice users won't be intimidated by the system.
As a bonus, the infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard feature. This makes smartphone integration a breeze and makes it easy to stay connected safely while on the road. In addition, door-to-door navigation is also available in the Murano, integrating your smartphone with the vehicle's navigation so that you know where you are going even after your exit your SUV.
The Blazer gets good marks for its infotainment system, which also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And both models utilize an eight-inch screen. However, you have to opt for a high-level trim with the Blazer to enjoy navigation, and it doesn't offer door-to-door instructions.
All of these great tech features come packed within a luxurious and impressive interior. Not only does the interior of the Murano look impressive, it feels just like it looks. The quality of the materials is obviously high; it makes you feel like you did opt for a high-level trim. But best of all, you will certainly appreciate the lack of external noise while driving the Murano, as the cabin remains quite quiet at all times. There is no need to crank up the music to drown out engine and street noise.
You will also notice that the Murano is roomy for both passengers and cargo needs. So, in addition to being the perfect model to transport passengers in comfort, the Murano will also haul the items you need for a long road trip. And folding down the rear seat gives you even more cargo space.
The Blazer also seats five comfortably, but it falls a little short in cargo space when compared to the Murano. While the Blazer offers up just over 64 cubic feet of cargo space, the Murano offers a healthy 67 cubic feet of cargo space. It may not seem like much on paper, but when you are trying to stuff a few extra suitcases in your SUV, a few cubic feet of added space is a blessing.