Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Infiniti QX70 Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Infiniti QX70

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Murano as “Superior.” The QX70 scores only 2 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Murano SL/Platinum’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The QX70 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 QX70 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 QX70 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX70 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the QX70 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view 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 QX70 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The QX70 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano gets better fuel mileage than the QX70:







3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX70 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 QX70 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 400 pounds less than the Infiniti QX70.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The QX70 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 QX70 (.35) 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 QX70 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX70 (108.1 vs. 102.5).

The Murano has .6 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX70.

The front step up height for the Murano is 3.1 inches lower than the QX70 (15.8” vs. 18.9”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 3.8 inches lower than the QX70’s (15.1” vs. 18.9”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the QX70 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 24.8 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the QX70 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 62 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the QX70’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



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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 QX70 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Murano’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The QX70’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Both the Murano and the QX70 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 QX70.

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 QX70 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Standard NissanConnect for the Murano allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX70 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the QX70 because typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the QX70, including $228 less for a water pump, $165 less for an alternator, $5 less for fuel injection, $562 less for a timing belt/chain and $2752 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 QX70 is not ranked.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Infiniti QX70 by over thirteen to one during the 2016 model year.

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