Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Murano VS 2018 Lexus RX Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Murano

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2018 Lexus RX

Safety Comparison

The Murano has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The RX Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection 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 RX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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




RX Series




21 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy




21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops shorter than the RX Series:



RX Series


60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 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 RX Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the RX Series (111.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the RX 450h AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

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 RX Series (.34) 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 RX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the RX Series, including $733 less for a water pump, $692 less for an alternator, $300 less for a starter, $758 less for a timing belt/chain and $333 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Lexus RX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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