Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Infiniti QX50 Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Murano

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2017 Infiniti QX50

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 QX50 scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

To help make backing safer, the Murano SV/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.

The Murano (except S)’s optional 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 QX50 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Murano Platinum has standard NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The QX50 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

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, 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX50 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 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

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’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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








21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy




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

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 offers optional 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

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

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The QX50 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

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

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:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Murano SL/Platinum has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The QX50 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

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 QX50 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Both the Murano and the QX50 offer available heated front seats. The Murano SL/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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the QX50 because typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the QX50, including $230 less for a water pump, $174 less for an alternator, $423 less for front struts, $562 less for a timing belt/chain and $798 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Murano outsold the Infiniti QX50 by almost five to one during the 2017 model year.

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