|4,500||Max Towing Capacity (lbs)||1,500|
|308||Max Horsepower (HP)||260|
|270||Max Torque (lb-ft)||240|
It used to be that SUVs were made for two types of people: off-roaders, and huge families. A quick flashback to the SUV boom of the 1990s reveals that most of the niche at that time either took the “Sport” part or the “Utility” part of “Sport Utility Vehicle” very, very seriously. Today, however, there’s an SUV for anyone who might have a need for a little more legroom for passengers, a bit more space for cargo, or a smidge extra ruggedness for adventures. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs 2020 Nissan Murano are excellent examples of the midsize SUV segment.
Both comfortably seat up to five passengers, and each has the ability to stow more “stuff” than the average sedan. But what are the differences? Which vehicle is best for you? As more and more SUVs are introduced to the market, it might become increasingly frustrating to choose the ideal make and model for you, your family, and your lifestyle. When it comes to gauging the 2020 Chevy Blazer vs the 2020 Nissan Murano, make sure you’re giving each vehicle a 360-degree review. From the engine to the trims, to the features that keep everyone safe on the road, it’s important to compare the proverbial apples to apples and select a vehicle that meets both your lifestyle needs and your budget.
Both Chevy and Nissan take power seriously, so it’s no surprise to learn that both the 2020 Chevy Blazer and 2020 Nissan Murano are well-equipped under the hood. However, for drivers looking for the ability to customize the driving experience to match the power needed to navigate gnarly roads, tow medium loads, and get going in a jiffy, the Blazer offers a choice of three engines.
The base engine for all front-wheel drive models is a 2.5L inline-4 engine that delivers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. It also has a very reasonable fuel economy of 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.
For those who choose the 2LT or 3LT trims (more on trims in a moment), a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 is added to the mix. This engine can be paired with all-wheel drive and offers an increased horsepower of 230 with 258 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy doesn’t change much with this engine. Even with the addition of all-wheel drive, drivers can expect 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway (27 MPG on the highway for AWD models).
The upper RS and Premier trims include a critically-acclaimed 3.6L V6 engine, which really gets things going with 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be found in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models and is optional on the 2LT and 3LT trims. With increased power comes a slight dip to fuel economy, which is 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway on all-wheel drive models. When equipped with this engine, the Chevy Blazer has the potential to tow an astounding 4,500 lbs.
All Blazer engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
While the Nissan Murano offers only one engine in 2020 and it’s a decent offering. The 3.5L V6 offers 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy lands in between the Chevy’s engine options, with 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. One major drawback of the Nissan Murano's engine is that the towing capacity remains quite low at only 1,500 lbs.
Another interesting feature of the Nissan Murano is the transmission. Nissan has been working feverishly on its continuously variable automatic transmission, dubbed “Xtronic.” This system lends to the overall efficiency of the vehicle and has the general feel of a regular automatic transmission. Additionally, all Murano trims can be optioned as all-wheel drive, though the standard is front-wheel drive.
When it comes down to which model performs better, the 2020 Chevy Blazer offers three engines to the Nissan Murano's one engine. While fuel economy is comparable between the two models, if power is what you seek, the Chevy Blazer is the perfect choice with the 3.6L V6.
Most drivers are eager to learn about the gadgets and gizmos that car manufacturers install to provide the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Chevy provides drivers with plenty of trims to choose from (L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier), while Nissan offers four well-equipped trims (S, SV, SL, and Platinum).
The base L trim starts things off in style with the necessities, including dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-inch infotainment screen, compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two standard USB ports and two USB-C ports, leather-wrapped steering wheel, xenon headlamps, heated mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition.
The 1LT adds more comforts such as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio for the six-speaker audio system, and a spare tire. Stepping up to the 2LT adds the choice of engine and the option of all-wheel drive. The 3LT has a full suite of additions, such as a power liftgate, auto-dimming driver’s and rearview mirrors, leather interior, heated and power adjustable front seats, and roof rails.
The RS has a sportier look and attitude, with 20-inch wheels instead of 18 inches, a blacked-out grille and dual exhaust, and additional convenience features, like a hands-free liftgate, heated steering wheel, extra USB/USB-C ports, and a household power outlet. The Premier manages to add to this with chrome and power everything- power steering wheel adjustments, ventilated front seats, memory seat settings, heated rear seats, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system.
The 2020 Murano’s base S starts things off similarly, with 18-inch wheels and an 8-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with USB and USB-C ports. The Nissan “Intelligent Key” is standard, with push button start. The rear seat backs also recline. Stepping up to the SV trim, drivers can enjoy power adjustable front seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, remote engine starting, and automatic dimming rearview mirror.
The SL trim adds 20-inch wheels and heated leather seats in front and rear. The steering wheel is also heated and LED fog lights, a power liftgate, and an 11 speaker Bose audio system are added for comfort and convenience. The Platinum increases the overall luxury of the Murano’s cabin with premium, quilted leather seats, a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, and ventilated front seats.
Having a safe and reliable vehicle is important to every driver. Both the 2020 Chevy Blazer and 2020 Nissan Murano are equipped with safety features that protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. Both vehicles give drivers a standard suite of safety features per trim level; however, drivers can choose to add optional safety features for extra protection on the road.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer includes several standard safety features on all trims, including a high-def rear vision camera, StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control, and seven airbags. Chevy’s optional safety features are available in a variety of comprehensive packages, based on trim. These include forward collision alert with following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, safety seat warning system, automatic emergency braking, and an HD surround camera, which provides surrounding views from every angle of the vehicle.
The 2020 Nissan Murano includes Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 system. This package includes ten standard airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control along with a suite of available safety technology. This suite includes features such as automatic emergency braking for both forward and reverse with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. Other available features are automatic high beams, Intelligent Cruise Control, lane control intervention, and Intelligent Around View Monitor surround-vision camera.