Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Dodge Durango Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Dodge Durango

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 Durango scores only 3 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 Durango 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 driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Durango doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Durango 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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 Dodge Durango:







5 Stars

4 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

427/350 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 Durango:




Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

22 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



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, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Dodge Durango:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

185 G’s

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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Durango was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Murano’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 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 Durango.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Murano’s reliability will be 48% better than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Durango isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Dodge Durango V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango 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 Durango V6 are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Durango:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

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 Durango 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 Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Durango GT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1400 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Murano is 8.4 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Murano easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Durango (.35) 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 Durango doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom, 12.4 inches more rear hip room and 8.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Murano is 4.7 inches lower than the Durango (15.8” vs. 20.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 5.5 inches lower than the Durango’s (15.1” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area than the Durango with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Murano easier. The Murano’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

If the front windows are left down on the Murano the driver can raise them 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 Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Durango.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Dodge Durango, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Dodge Durango by 11% during the 2016 model year.

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