Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 BMW X3 Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Murano SL/Platinum’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 X3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 around view monitors.

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 BMW X3:

 

Murano

X3

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

309/613 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, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the BMW X3:

 

Murano

X3

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

198 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

709 lbs.

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

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 X3 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW 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 52% better than the X3.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the X3 s/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Murano has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 X3 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the X3.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the BMW X3.

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the X3 (.36) 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 X3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X3 (108.1 vs. 100.1).

The Murano has .6 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X3 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 27.6 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X3 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

 

Murano

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

37”/68”

Max Width

54”

48”

Min Width

45”

43”

Height

33.7”

31”

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Murano has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 X3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Murano has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the X3.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the X3 because it costs $540 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the X3, including $193 less for a water pump, $443 less for an alternator, $48 less for front brake pads, $130 less for a starter, $91 less for a fuel pump and $312 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the BMW X3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Murano outsold the BMW X3 by 87% during the 2016 model year.

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