Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Murano VS 2015 Dodge Journey Near Atlanta, GA

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2015 Nissan Murano

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2015 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Murano SL/Platinum offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Murano SL/Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Journey only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Murano SL/Platinum’s 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 Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Murano and the Journey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Murano

Journey

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

502/600 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Journey:

Murano

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

87

98

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.72/.35

.8/.83

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Dodge Journey:

Murano

Journey

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

1028 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

1061 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Murano its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 48 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Journey isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 87 more horsepower (260 vs. 173) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Murano

Journey

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Journey are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the Journey (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Journey. The Murano’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Journey.

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Journey doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Journey.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Journey (.368) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Journey doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 1.6 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Journey with all its rear seats folded (69.9 vs. 67.6 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Journey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Murano SL/Platinum has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Murano SL/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 Journey’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Journey SXT/Crossroad/Limited/R/T’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

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 the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Journey can only raise 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 Journey doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Journey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Murano has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Journey only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Journey’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Murano and the Journey offer available heated front seats. The Murano Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Journey.

Standard air conditioned seats in the Murano Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 Journey AVP/SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Murano SL/Platinum offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Murano, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Murano won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Dodge Journey didn't win any award.

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