Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Murano VS 2015 Kia Sorento Near Warner Robins, GA

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2015 Nissan Murano

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2015 Kia Sorento

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 Sorento 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 Sorento 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.

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 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, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

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 Kia Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

460/466 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 Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

87

179

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

7 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

7.5/1.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

14%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.72/.35

1.51/.47

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.7 kN

3/1 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 Kia Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

354 lbs.

379 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

669 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

945 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 Sorento 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 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

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

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 Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 20th.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Murano

Sorento

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

4WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

The Murano has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sorento (19 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:

Murano

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 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento LX. The Murano’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/Limited.

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 Sorento doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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).

Chassis Comparison

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 Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Sorento doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

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 Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Sorento only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 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 Sorento doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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