2024 Kia Sorento vs. 2024 Nissan Murano Comparison

New SUVs seem to come in one of two packages: off-road ready and urban warrior. The 2024 Kia Sorento and 2024 Nissan Murano readily fit those descriptions.

The Sorento is a 7-passenger vehicle that allows you to add more horsepower and even offers a specialized package, the X-Line, that helps beef it up for off-tarmac runs. Meanwhile, the Murano is a 5-passenger SUV with a great interior and robust powerplant that makes daily commutes and errands easy and comfortable. Its stylish exterior doesn’t hurt any, either.

Let’s check out these two SUVs.

2024 Kia Sorento

The 2024 Kia Sorento is between a compact and a midsize, which affords it enough space to include a third row. You may not need it daily, but it’s handy to haul smaller people for shorter runs. Upper trim levels swap captain’s chairs for the second-row bench, cutting down total seating to 6 but increasing the third-row comfort and accessibility.

While the base model comes powered by a 191-horsepower 4-cylinder, you can get another 90 hp for a bit more money. Adding the turbocharger pushes the output to 281 hp, but the average combined fuel economy only drops from 26 to 25 mpg. It’s available with all-wheel drive (AWD) as well.

A hybrid and plug-in hybrid are on the roster but not part of this comparison. Prices start at $33,365, including destination charges.

Kia Sorento Highlights

Class-leading warranty: The Kia Sorento has class-leading coverage, which gives the driver peace of mind with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Drive Wise: This suite of safety technology includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and driver attention warning. It is standard on all Kia Sorento models.

X-Line: The X-Line models in the Kia Sorento lineup add a rugged appearance package with an extra inch of ground clearance, high-utility roof rails, and unique wheels and bumpers. They all come standard with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive for added capability.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Sorento models near you.

2024 Nissan Murano

2024 Nissan Murano in white parked on GMR.

If “really nice” was the lead characteristic for being a top-selling midsize SUV, the 2024 Nissan Murano would be near the top of that list. This “nice” SUV offers buyers attractive contemporary exterior styling, a spacious cabin, and a potent powertrain with good fuel economy.

Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 260 hp, it provides acceleration to navigate city traffic while handling freeway runs with aplomb. Our reviewer says driving the Murano is a “pleasant experience,” and that neatly sums up the whole car.

That assessment also transfers to the interior, which features seating for five with better-than-average legroom in the back seat. The Murano is an SUV that prioritizes serene comfort and hits the mark. Pricing starts at $40,130, including destination charges.

Nissan Murano Highlights

Safety tech: The standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite combines desirable driver assistance features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and more.

A bit of luxury: Adults like nice things, and the Murano can be just that with its luxurious Platinum trim level. Nissan loads it with premium features like extra-soft, semi-aniline leather seats with diamond-quilted inserts, climate-controlled front seats, a panoramic moonroof, and stylish 20-inch wheels.

NissanConnect: The brand’s standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM, and Siri Eyes Free. Plus, if you enjoy a good sound system, there is an 11-speaker Bose audio outfit in the SL and Platinum trim levels.

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Murano models near you.


The Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano are two stylish, spacious SUVs. They feature plenty of technology that makes their passengers safer while allowing them to enjoy many infotainment options—essential traits for almost anyone looking for an SUV.


The Kia Sorento carries the day in this one with seating for seven, a lower sticker price, better warranty coverage, and good driving characteristics and capabilities. Even when you upgrade to the turbocharged version of the Kia to get the 281-hp turbocharged engine, the price tag is still cheaper. The Murano isn’t bad, but it’s no match for the more modern and affordable Kia Sorento.

2024 Kia Sorento 2024 Nissan Murano
Starting Price $33,365 $40,130
Popular Powertrains
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 3.5-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower 191 hp @ 6,100 rpm 260 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm 240 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic CVT/FWD
Fuel Economy 23 city/31 highway/26 combined mpg 20 city/28 highway/23 combined mpg
Also Available 2.5-liter turbo, plus Hybrid/PHEV AWD
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety N/R 5 stars
Max Seating Capacity 7 5
Wheelbase 110.8 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 189.6 inches 192.8 inches
Width 74.8 inches 75.4 inches
Height 66.7 inches 67.8 inches
Turning Diameter 37.9 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, Front 40.3 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, 2nd Row 39.1 inches 39.8 inches
Headroom, 3rd Row 36.8 inches N/A
Legroom, Front 41.4 inches 40.5 inches
Legroom, 2nd Row 41.7 inches 38.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row 29.6 inches N/A
Shoulder Room, Front 59.1 inches 59.5 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row 58.1 inches 58.9 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 53.0 inches N/A
Cargo Volume 12.6/38.5/75.5 cubic feet 32.1/67.0 cubic feet

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