2020 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Lexus RX 350

nissan murano external viewlexus rx external view


  • Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats – The design of Murano’s Zero Gravity seats can help reduce fatigue when driving long distances. RX only offers seats with a conventional design.
  • Apple CarPlay®1 and Android Auto™1 – Murano’s Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ allow users to operate compatible devices using vehicle controls or voice commands, and to view information on the center display screen. RX does not offer either of these features.
  • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning2 (I-FCW) (vs. standard, but not intelligent) – Every Murano has Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, which helps alert the driver to a potential frontal collision by monitoring the vehicle traveling in front of the vehicle immediately ahead. If the system detects a potential collision, it alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings. RX has collision warning but it only monitors the vehicle directly ahead.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor3 (I-AVM) (vs. no Moving Object Detection system) – Murano’s available Intelligent Around View Monitor provides 360-degree views around the vehicle, as well as visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. RX’s available multi-view camera system does not detect moving objects within the monitor image.
  • Larger cargo capacity4 – Murano has a greater cargo capacity with the rear seats up or down compared to RX models with two rows of seats.
    • 12.7 cubic feet more cargo capacity with rear seats upright (31.1 cu. ft. with moonroof vs. 18.4)
    • 8.7 cubic feet more cargo capacity with rear seats folded down (65.0 cu. ft. with moonroof vs. 56.3)

Additional Advantages

  • Xtronic CVT® (vs. 8-speed A/T)
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes (vs. front only)
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Available Quick Comfort® Seat Heaters for front and outboard rear seats (vs. conventional heated seats)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports5 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Rear Door Alert6
  • Available Remote Engine Start7 with Intelligent Climate Control (vs. standard, but no Intelligent Climate Control)
  • Available Traffic Sign Recognition8 (TSR)
  • Standard 7-in. color Advanced Drive-Assist® Display9 (vs. available)
  • Standard 8-in. color touch-screen control display (vs. available and not touch-screen)
  • More front and rear shoulder room10
  • Lower coefficient of drag10
  • Better EPA mileage estimates11 (AWD)


lexus rx rear view

RX is a line of luxury crossovers that fits between the smaller NX and larger GX models in the Lexus lineup. It comes in gasoline (RX 350) or hybrid (RX 450h) versions. It is available in 2-row seating (RX 350 and RX 450h) or 3-row (RX 350L and RX 450hL). Powertrain choices are:

  • 3.5-liter DOHC V6
    • 295 horsepower (290 hp in long wheelbase models)
    • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
    • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Hybrid electric motor paired to a 3.5-liter DOHC V6
    • 308 horsepower
    • All-wheel drive
    • CVT transmission

The latest-generation RX combines aggressive styling with the upscale amenities expected from a luxury brand. Murano offers dramatic styling of its own, substantially more cargo capacity, and a similar range of amenities at a lower price.


RX 350 carries over with the following changes:

  • Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking now part of individual options
  • Available Noble Brown leather interior
  • Available Lexus Enform Remote app with Amazon Alexa1 compatibility


Murano RX
Platinum RX 350
RX 450h
RX 350L, RX 450hL
Source: All vehicle information is based on respective manufacturers’ websites. Information accurate at time of publication.
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2 Intelligent Forward Collision Warning cannot prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. Always secure cargo. Heavy loading of the vehicle with cargo, especially on the roof, will affect the handling and stability of the vehicle.
5 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
6 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
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9 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. Use the text messaging feature after stopping your vehicle in a safe location. If you have to use the feature while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
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11 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 20 city MPG/28 hwy MPG/23 combined MPG. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.