Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Murano VS 2015 Kia Sorento Near Atlanta, GA

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2014 Nissan Murano

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2015 Kia Sorento

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 Kia Sorento doesn’t offer height-adjustable rear seat belts.

The Murano SL/LE’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Sorento doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Murano SL/LE’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sorento doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Kia Sorento:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

142 G’s

159 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Murano’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 73 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Murano’s reliability will be 25% better than the Sorento.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano first among midsize CUVs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Sorento isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 69 more horsepower (260 vs. 191) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 181) than the Sorento LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Kia Sorento:


Sorento LX

Sorento V6

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

9.8 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

17.2 sec

15.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

80.3 MPH

89.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Murano has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (21.7 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Murano has a tether attaching its gas cap, to prevent its loss. The Sorento’s gas cap isn’t tethered, so it can be left at a gas station if the driver forgets to screw the cap back in.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.9 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 Sorento 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 Sorento doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano S/SV/SL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento LX. The Murano LE’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

The Murano SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Sorento SX AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Murano SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sorento LX AWD (28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .9 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Murano S/SV’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 Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano SL/LE’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Murano has a 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. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Sorento EX/SX/Limited.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Murano owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Murano will cost $550 less than the Sorento over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $234 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Murano than the Sorento, including $161 less for an alternator.

Recommendations Comparison

Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Nissan Murano as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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