Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Murano VS 2015 Lincoln MKX Near Dublin, GA

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2015 Nissan Murano

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2015 Lincoln MKX

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 Lincoln MKX offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Nissan Murano has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 Lincoln MKX 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.

Both the Murano and the Lincoln MKX 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, 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 Lincoln MKX:

Murano

Lincoln MKX

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

282

322

Neck Stress

292 lbs.

439 lbs.

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

73 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

1023/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

144

326

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

199 lbs.

334 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

89 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

283/32 lbs.

680/687 lbs.

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

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 Lincoln MKX:

Murano

Lincoln MKX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

354 lbs.

415 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

212

244

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

567 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

19 inches

HIC

328

375

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

867 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 Lincoln MKX has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2015 “Top Pick Plus.”

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Murano

Lincoln MKX

2WD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/26 hwy

4WD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

The Murano has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 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 Lincoln MKX:

Murano

MKX

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.9 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 1 inch more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Lincoln MKX.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Lincoln MKX with its rear seat up (39.6 vs. 32.3 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Lincoln MKX with its rear seat folded (69.9 vs. 68.6 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the Lincoln MKX’s in every dimension:

Murano

MKX

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

35”/73.2”

Min Width

45”

42”

Height

33.7”

33”

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 Lincoln MKX 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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Lincoln MKX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Murano will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Murano will retain 46.17% to 49.66% of its original price after five years, while the Lincoln MKX only retains 41.33% to 41.42%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Murano will be $2080 to $8499 less than for the Lincoln MKX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Murano won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Lincoln MKX only won one award.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Lincoln MKX by almost two to one during 2014.

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