Childre Nissan Compares 2006 Nissan Murano VS 2006 Chevrolet Equinox Near Macon, GA

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2006 Nissan Murano

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox has only front height adjustable seat belts.

The Murano has standard head airbag curtains for all three seat rows which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger’s upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Equinox.

The Murano has a standard Active Head Restraint, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraint system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Murano offers optional Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Equinox doesn’t offer skid prevention. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle SUV crashes by 67%.

The Murano SL/SE has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. This backup monitor system uses a rear bumper-mounted camera to deliver a full picture of what’s behind the vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a rear backup monitor or other backup assist system.

Both the Murano and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, available all wheel drive and traction control.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Murano is 2.8% to 4.7% less likely to roll over than the Equinox. The Equinox tipped up during the NHTSA handling test; the Murano didn’t.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Murano’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Murano has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Equinox.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize sport utilities in their 2005 Initial Quality Study. The Equinox isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in initial quality. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 60 more horsepower (245 vs. 185) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (246 vs. 210) than the Equinox’s 3.4 V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Murano is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox:



Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

9.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

17.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:




3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/25 hwy

19 city/24 hwy

3.4 V6


3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/24 hwy

18 city/23 hwy

3.4 V6

The Murano has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox (21.7 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Murano’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Equinox:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

9.84” drums

The Nissan Murano has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Equinox. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Murano has standard Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Equinox doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Equinox:



70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

196 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 17 inches.

The Murano SL/SE offers an optional tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert the driver to a drop in tire pressure before damage to the tire or an accident might occur. The Equinox doesn’t offer a low tire pressure warning system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

The Murano SL AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Equinox LT 4x4 pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Murano SL AWD goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 1.5 MPH faster than the Equinox LT 4x4 (61.6 vs. 60.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability the Murano’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (37.4 vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Equinox uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .39 Cd. That is lower than the Equinox (.42). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Murano SL AWD is quieter than the Equinox LT 4x4:



At idle

40 dB

47 dB


73 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (109.9 vs. 106.4).

The Murano has 2.2 inches more front legroom, 5.1 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 5.2 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (81.6 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the Equinox’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Murano offers a power adjustable foot pedal set. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining pedal contact. The Equinox doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

When two different drivers share the Murano SL/SE, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the seat position and outside mirror positions. The Equinox doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Murano’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Equinox doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Murano’s front power windows raise and lower automatically with one touch, especially convenient at tollbooths or drive-up windows. The power windows on the Equinox don’t raise automatically, and only the driver’s window lowers automatically.

The Murano’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Equinox’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left down on the Murano the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower all the windows from outside the car using the remote. The driver of the Equinox can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Murano has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Equinox doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Murano’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Equinox doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Murano has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Equinox doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Murano’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Murano’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Equinox doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Murano and the Equinox offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Murano has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Murano’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Murano will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Murano will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Equinox.



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