Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Murano VS 2016 Infiniti QX50 Near Atlanta, GA

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2016 Nissan Murano

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2016 Infiniti QX50

Safety Comparison

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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 QX50 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Murano and the QX50 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 2016, a rating granted to only 73 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX50 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 7 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Murano has a standard 150-amp alternator. The QX50’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Murano gets better fuel mileage than the QX50:

Murano

QX50

2WD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

4WD

Auto

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX50 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the QX50 (235/65R18 vs. 225/55R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The QX50’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 4.2 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the QX50.

For greater off-road capability the Murano has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX50 (6.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the QX50 (.33) 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 QX50 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Murano has 11.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX50 (108.1 vs. 96.8).

The Murano has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom, 5.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX50.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The QX50’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Murano is .4 inches lower than the QX50 (15.8” vs. 16.2”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the QX50’s (15.1” vs. 16.2”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the QX50 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 18.6 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the QX50 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 49.7 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the QX50’s in almost every dimension:

Murano

QX50

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

30”/64”

Max Width

54”

54”

Min Width

45”

39.3”

Height

33.7”

25”

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 QX50 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 QX50 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Both the Murano and the QX50 offer available heated front seats. The Murano Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX50.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Murano Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX50 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Standard 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 QX50 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan Murano has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Murano

QX50

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Kiplinger’s Awards

3

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 The Murano is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The QX50 is not ranked.

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