Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Murano VS 2015 Jeep Grand Near Atlanta, GA

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2015 Nissan Murano

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2015 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Murano as “Superior.” The Grand Cherokee scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Murano and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

321/349 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 Grand Cherokee:

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

87

172

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.72/.35

1.06/.54

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.7 kN

2.3/1.3 kN

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

182 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

330 lbs.

612 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee runs out after 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 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

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

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 69 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Murano

Grand Cherokee

2WD

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/20 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Murano’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Murano flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1350 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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 Grand Cherokee (.371) 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (108.1 vs. 105.4).

The Murano has .2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Murano is 4.7 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (15.8” vs. 20.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 5.7 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (15.1” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.6 vs. 36.3 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (69.9 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).

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

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

38.5”/71”

Min Width

45”

41”

Height

33.7”

33.5”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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

Optional NissanConnect for the Murano allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Murano will be $1279 to $6615 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Murano won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Jeep Grand Cherokee only won two awards.

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