Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2016 Lincoln MKX Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2016 Lincoln MKX

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

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 Lincoln MKX:

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

647 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

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

Reliability Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

2WD

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 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 on the Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

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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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .6 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Lincoln MKX.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Murano is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Lincoln MKX is not ranked.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Lincoln MKX by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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