2022 Nissan Murano vs 2022 Chevy Blazer

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  • 2022 Nissan Murano

    Starting at

    $33,210[a]

    2022 Chevy Blazer

    A red 2022 Chevy Blazer is shown angled right.

    Starting at

    $33,400

    67.0Cargo Space (cu.ft.)64.2
    260Standard Horsepower (hp)228
    YesIIHS Top Safety Pick+No

    The gradual rise in popularity that the SUV has achieved is impressive, to say the least. It seems like only yesterday that the focus of many manufacturers was building models that seemed larger than life, powered by gas-guzzling V8 engines that were a necessity for pulling such heavy vehicles across the blacktop. This trend drastically changed around the start of the new millennium, as more focus was placed upon smaller vehicles that were easier to maneuver within city limits, more efficient in terms of fuel consumption, and aimed more towards the family-oriented consumer than trailering and the rugged persona often associated with off-roading and similar interests.

    One vehicle that's been present throughout all the significant changes is the Chevy Blazer. Ever since its debt in 1969, the Blazer has retained its position as one of the most trusted names in the automotive industry. Of course, nothing lasts forever, and in the current model year, the Blazer's crown has been challenged by the Nissan Murano. With the chance of the champion being usurped, we're going to evaluate these two titans of the industry. It's the 2022 Nissan Murano vs 2022 Chevy Blazer, and only one can triumph and wear the crown with honor and distinction.

  • Cost Effectiveness

    A close up of the rear of a blue 2022 Nissan Murano Platinum is shown driving on a highway.

    Starting Prices and Fuel Economy

    For the average consumer, a major concern might not be what's underneath the hood but those numbers on the window that spell out the price. While the costs of owning a car aren't limited to the starting price, examining both models requires that we start here to assess the advantages of cost-effectiveness. When comparing the starting MSRP of the Murano and Blazer, both numbers are too close to one another to determine a definitive winner. The Blazer, which starts at $33,400, is quite affordable. However, Nissan manages to slightly undercut the cost of the Blazer, beginning at just $33,210.[a] With the lines drawn so close to one another, determining a clear-cut winner in the category of cost-effectiveness will have to be determined in other ways.

    If there are three letters that can make or break a choice when it comes to purchasing any vehicle, it's MPG. Just like life itself, the price attached to a gallon of gasoline is unpredictable, uncertain, and always a grave concern for every driver. With so many inconsistencies that life tends to throw our way, having something that we can rely upon to be constant is always a relief. When it comes to MPG, the Nissan Murano's philosophy is just that—a steady stream of consistency with no surprises.

    Engine Options and Efficiency

    One of the trends that Nissan has followed with many of its vehicles is offering a standard powertrain across all trim levels. While this may not appeal to those who enjoy variety, it's excellent news for the discerning consumer who prefers consistency and assurance when purchasing a vehicle. The powertrain that Nissan has equipped the Murano with consists of a 3.5L V6. For buyers in Illinois who have to deal with our state's rough weather, the AWD option found in Nissan's powertrain is quite advantageous. While there's normally a noticeable difference in how FWD or AWD affects a vehicle's fuel consumption, this isn't the case with the Murano, as both versions of the vehicle are rated for 23 MPG combined.

    As for the Chevy Blazer, which offers a 3.6L V6, more focus is placed on performance, which has long been a feature of the bow tie brand. The available 308 hp certainly appeals to those who favor some kick with their commute, although a 228 hp four-cylinder is also available for drivers who do not desire as much power. Much like the Murano, the Blazer comes with FWD and AWD drivetrains, but the similarities between the two competing models end there. While Nissan managed to design its vehicle in such a way that the drivetrain has little effect on fuel consumption, the Blazer lacks this feature. The FWD version of the V6 Blazer manages to achieve 22 MPG combined, whereas the AWD V6 model gets an even lower 21 MPG combined.

    The Murano Saves You Money

    To the untrained eye, these numbers appear to not have a sizable difference from one another. However, the amount that the average consumer spends on fuel tells a different story. According to the EPA, annual fuel costs for the V6 Chevy Blazer range from $2,850 to $3,500. This is considerably more than the annual cost for those who elect to go with the Nissan Murano, which has an estimated annual fuel cost of $2,750. While it's a close race, one that goes right down to the wire, the 2022 Nissan Murano proves to be the better option in terms of being cost-effective.

  • Interior

    A group a friends is shown driving in a 2022 Nissan Murano.

    Cabin Design

    There's something special about the feeling of sitting behind the wheel of a new vehicle for the very first time. While the exterior of a car might be flashy and appealing, it's the interior where you'll be spending your time. Because the SUV is a vehicle that's ideal for the consumer who is family-oriented, comfort and space are very important aspects to look for. After all, the difference between an appealing vehicle and an unappealing one can all come down to comfort.

    The interiors of the Blazer and Murano are from two very different schools of thought in terms of design. For the Chevy Blazer, the bowtie brand takes inspiration from one of its most popular models, the Camaro. Stepping behind the wheel of the Blazer for the first time gives off the illusion of a refined racing cockpit. The centerpiece of the interior is the Blazer's standard infotainment center which brandishes an 8" screen. Accentuating the centerpiece is the Blazer's gear shifter which completes the illusion of racing that Chevy has long been known for. Considering the sporty and stylish design of the Blazer's exterior, the interior does its best to match the streamlines and aerodynamic appeal.

    While the Blazer's interior is more oriented towards those who favor performance, Nissan takes a different approach and places emphasis on the type of sophistication one might expect to find within the confines of a luxury car. In an age where the more upscale companies such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz are bringing their own luxurious offerings to the SUV game, it appears that Nissan is intent on keeping up with the competition. Sleek wood trim and a two-toned interior are options that catch the eye, while a standard 8" infotainment screen anchors the center console. Clearly, the Japanese manufacturer is raising the stakes with its design concepts.

    Practicality

    While aesthetics can be subjective, real-world practicality is not, and the comparison between the two vehicles and their respective interiors all comes down to practicality. This is measured by what the SUV is best known for, storage space. While the Blazer's available storage space of 64 cubic feet is admirable, it falls just shy of the Murano's, which measures out to 67 cubic feet. With upscale fittings and outclassing the Blazer's storage capability, Nissan assumes its place at the head of the pack.

  • Safety

    Staying Safe on the Road

    There's nothing more important than the act of staying safe while on the road. When it comes to comparing safety features of any vehicle in the modern era, it's no longer a question of what's available but of what comes standard across the various trims of each make and model. When it comes to an evaluation of the safety aspects of both vehicles, we'll begin our comparison with an objective source.

    Once again, it's a very even match, as both the Blazer and Murano were awarded a five-star safety rating by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). These government-mandated tests are objective and are meant to test how safe a vehicle is during a collision. However, more strenuous safety testing conducted by the independent IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) was quite favorable of the Nissan Murano, which was named a Top Safety Pick+, receiving high marks across the board. While the IIHS crash test ratings were favorable for the Blazer, the vehicle scored poorly when it came to headlights and collision avoidance and did not receive a Top Safety Pick rating.

    Standard Safety Features

    The Nissan Murano received its top ratings by making several safety and driving assistance features standard across the board. Included on all trim levels are forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure and keep assistance, and rear-cross traffic alert. While the Blazer makes lane departure a standard feature, other items such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are only available on the vehicle's upper trim levels.

    With a higher evaluation and more standard and available safety features, it's easy to see why the 2022 Nissan Murano is the better option for consumers when it comes to staying safe on the road.

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