Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Murano VS 2019 Lexus RX Near Macon, GA

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2019 Nissan Murano

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2019 Lexus RX

Safety Comparison

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The RX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Murano’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 RX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 Lexus RX Series:

 

Murano

RX Series

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

42%

Neck Stress

292 lbs.

546 lbs.

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

135 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

499/536 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

144

176

Neck Stress

199 lbs.

290 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

90 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

283/32 lbs.

403/259 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Lexus RX Series:

 

Murano

RX Series

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

594 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

685 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Murano

RX Series

 

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

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:

 

Murano

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 400 to 600 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 (.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 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, .7 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume 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 volume 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 $630 less for a water pump, $63 less for a muffler, $32 less for front brake pads, $228 less for a starter, $1101 less for a timing belt/chain and $1094 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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