Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Murano VS 2010 Acura RDX Near Atlanta, GA

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2010 Nissan Murano

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2010 Acura RDX

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 Acura RDX has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Murano and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Murano has a standard 130 amp alternator. The RDX’s 105 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 13th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (265 vs. 240) than the RDX’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Acura RDX:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.8 sec

12.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

88.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the RDX SH-AWD™ (18 city/23 hwy vs. 17 city/22 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The RDX requires premium, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (21.7 vs. 18 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 RDX:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

12 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 RDX are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the RDX:



60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano LE has standard 20 inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 18 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 6.9 inches longer than on the RDX (111.2 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the RDX.

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the RDX’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Murano has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the RDX (7.4 vs. 6.3 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Murano SL AWD is quieter than the RDX SH-AWD™:



At idle

35 dB

44 dB


71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 7.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (108.8 vs. 101.4).

The Murano has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The RDX’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the RDX with its rear seat up (31.6 vs. 27.8 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the RDX with its rear seat folded (64 vs. 60.6 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 RDX can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The RDX’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 RDX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Murano (except S) offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The RDX doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the RDX because it costs $210 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the RDX, including $60 less for front brake pads, $40 less for a starter and $270 less for a fuel pump.

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