Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Murano VS 2018 Volvo XC60 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2018 Nissan Murano

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2018 Volvo XC60

Safety Comparison

Both the Murano and the XC60 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Murano’s reliability 18 points higher than the XC60.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (260 vs. 250) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops much shorter than the XC60:

 

Murano

XC60

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

131 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 XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Murano uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 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 up to about 300 pounds less than the Volvo XC60.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (108.1 vs. 103).

The Murano has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 30 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

 

Murano

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

54”

n/a

Min Width

45”

n/a

Height

33.7”

30.6”

Ergonomics Comparison

If the front windows are left open on the Murano the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Volvo XC60 by over three to one during 2017.

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