2015 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Kia Sorento

Regina and Swift Current drivers looking for a crossover SUV often end up trying to decide between the 2015 Nissan Murano and the 2016 Kia Sorento. We’ve conducted a quick comparison to let them know what each vehicle can offer.

Power and Efficiency

Crossovers don’t require the same level of power as standard SUVs, but they still need a powerful engine beneath the hood. The 2015 Nissan Murano complies by offering a 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine across all trim levels. Every driver will enjoy the same phenomenal drive which comes as a result of the Murano’s impressive 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque output. Mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), it earns 11 L/100km in the city and 8.2 on the highway.

In contrast, the 2016 Kia Sorento offers a 2.4L GDI as standard. Eking out just 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, performance is noticeably poor compared to the Murano, and even efficiency is slightly worse – at 11.1 in the city and 8.2 on the highway. Two other engines are available, but only the most expensive can compete with the Murano in terms of output – and it thirstily consumers 13.4 L/100km in the city and 9.4 on the highway.

Class-Exclusive Features

The 2015 Nissan Murano stands out from the crowd when it comes to technology, providing Regina and Swift Current drivers a sleek, comfortable ride. The following features aren’t just missing from the 2016 Kia Sorento, they’re absent from every other vehicle in the segment:

  • Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection: Provides a birds-eye view of the surrounding area, and alerts the driver if anything enters that space while maneuvering.
  • Rear USB Connect Port with Smartphone Interface: The rear row get a USB port to itself; it connects to the front screen, which is easier to view thanks to added space between rows.
  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning with Forward Emergency Braking: Monitors the vehicle ahead of your Murano, and actually detects any potential problems which might occur.

Interior Space

The 2015 Nissan Murano was recently named among Ward’s ‘10 Best Interiors’ for 2015 – a fitting testament to the care and attention which designers put into making sure the cabin was both highly comfortable and attractive. The 2016 Kia Sorento didn’t make the cut, and neither can it match the 2015 Nissan Murano’s Best-in-Class total interior volume.

The Murano ensures that you can take everything with you without sacrificing storage space by offering Best-in-Class cargo room with all seats occupied – up to 1,121 liters compared to 1,099 in the 2016 Sorento. Of course, Regina and Swift Current drivers will be able to extend that area with just the pull of a level, while another pull will automatically power all seats back up.

The 2015 Nissan Murano is Available Now at Knight Nissan

The 2015 Nissan Murano includes class-exclusive technology and offers class-leading capability, allowing it to thoroughly outshine the 2016 Kia Sorento. To test-drive yours today, just come down to Knight Nissan. We hope to see our Regina and Swift Current customers soon!