Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2016 Volvo XC70 Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2016 Volvo XC70

Safety Comparison

The Murano SL/Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The XC70 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Murano 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 XC70 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Murano and the XC70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and driver alert 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 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC70 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC70. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC70 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 their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Murano’s reliability will be 47% better than the XC70.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The XC70 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the XC70 T5 Drive-E’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (260 vs. 250) than the XC70 T5’s standard 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the XC70 T5 AWD 5 cyl. (21 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC70 T5 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Murano’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XC70:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.9 inches

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 XC70 are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the XC70:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The XC70’s largest wheels are only 18-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 XC70 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC70 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the XC70.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XC70 AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XC70 AWD (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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 XC70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC70 (108.1 vs. 98).

The Murano has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC70.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The XC70’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The XC70 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC70 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the front windows are left down on the Murano the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the XC70 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 XC70 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 XC70 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the XC70 because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the XC70, including $98 less for an alternator, $86 less for front brake pads and $208 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Volvo XC70, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Murano is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The XC70 is not ranked.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Volvo XC70 by almost thirteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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