Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Jeep Grand Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Jeep Grand

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 Grand Cherokee 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.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, crash mitigating brakes, 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

321/349 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Grand Cherokee:

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

87

172

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.72/.35

1.06/.54

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/.7 kN

2.3/1.3 kN

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

182 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

330 lbs.

612 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

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 Grand Cherokee was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Murano has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

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 127% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and 193% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel.

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

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

88.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

 

2WD

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Murano’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Grand Cherokee Laredo.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1400 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee (.371) 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (108.1 vs. 105.4).

The Murano has .2 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Murano is 4.7 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (15.8” vs. 20.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 5.7 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (15.1” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Murano easier. The Murano’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

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

 

Murano

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

38.5”/71”

Max Width

54”

47”

Min Width

45”

41”

Height

33.7”

33.5”

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Grand Cherokee, including $331 less for an alternator, $31 less for front brake pads and $200 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

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