Childre Nissan Compares 2009 Nissan Murano VS 2009 Chevrolet Equinox Near Atlanta, GA

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2009 Nissan Murano

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2009 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

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

The Murano (except S) offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Equinox doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Murano is safer than the Equinox:

Murano

Equinox

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Criteria

103

190

Thoracic Trauma

30

59

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

45

58

Pelvis Deceleration

48 G’s

81 G’s

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Murano is safer then the Equinox:

Murano

Equinox

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

40 mm

55 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Torso Acceleration

9.1 g’s

10.3 g’s

Neck Force Rating

Low

Medium

Max Neck Shearing Force

16

155

Max Neck Tension

685

780

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard Vehicle Dynamic Control, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Murano as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 51 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox was not a Top Pick.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Murano has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 3.4 V6 in the Equinox.

Engine Comparison

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The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (265 vs. 185) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (248 vs. 210) than the Equinox’s standard 3.4 V6. The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 1 more horsepower (265 vs. 264) than the Equinox Sport’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 3.4 V6:

Murano

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.6 MPH

81.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox Sport AWD 3.6 V6 (18 city/23 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

The Murano has 5.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 1.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 20.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Murano

Equinox

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.13 inches

11.93 inches

The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Equinox are solid, not vented.

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 a standard brake assist system 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:

Murano

Equinox

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano S/SL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Murano LE S/SL’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Equinox Sport.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

The Murano SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Equinox LT AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (38.1 feet vs. 41.8 feet). The Murano LE’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. 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 .37 Cd. That is significantly 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 AWD:

Murano

Equinox

At idle

35 dB

47 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Murano has 2.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.8 vs. 106.4).

The Murano has 2.4 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 3.9 inches more front shoulder room, 4 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano SL/LE’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Equinox doesn’t offer power folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Murano (except S) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Equinox doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Murano LE offers a telescoping steering wheel. 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 contact with the pedals. The Equinox doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Murano LE, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Equinox doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Murano’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Equinox’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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.

On a hot day the Murano’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless 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.

The Murano’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Murano has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Equinox only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The Equinox doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Equinox’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Murano has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Equinox LS 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.

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.

The Murano’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Equinox’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Murano SL/LE offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Equinox doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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