Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 GMC Terrain Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 GMC Terrain

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Murano SL/Platinum offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Terrain offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 Terrain only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Terrain 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems 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 GMC Terrain:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

292 lbs.

294 lbs.

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

593/626 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 GMC Terrain:





Front Seat


5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

354 lbs.

547 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

501 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

684 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 Terrain was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Murano’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Murano has a 150-amp alternator. The Terrain’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Murano has a 550-amp battery. The Terrain only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

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 14% better than the Terrain.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 78 more horsepower (260 vs. 182) and 68 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 172) than the Terrain’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the GMC Terrain 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

82.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto



20 city/28 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto


3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops much shorter than the Terrain:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The Terrain’s largest wheels are only 19-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 Terrain 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 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Terrain.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Terrain SLE pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Terrain SLE (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Terrain’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet). The Murano’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19" wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

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 Terrain doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (108.1 vs. 99.6).

The Murano has .1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 31.6 cubic feet). The Murano has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

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




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width



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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Murano. The Terrain doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Terrain’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Terrain can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Murano allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Both the Murano and the Terrain offer available heated front seats. The Murano Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Terrain.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Murano Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Terrain doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Murano’s 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. The Terrain doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

The Murano’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Terrain SL doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

Both the Murano and the Terrain offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Murano has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Terrain doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Murano’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Terrain doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Murano SL/Platinum offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Terrain doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Terrain, including $166 less for a water pump, $121 less for an alternator, $101 less for front brake pads, $344 less for a fuel pump and $91 less for a power steering pump.

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 Terrain is not ranked.

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