Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Kia Sorento Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Kia Sorento

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 Sorento doesn’t offer a whiplash protection 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 Sorento doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Sorento 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, around view monitors 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 Kia Sorento:

 

Murano

Sorento

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

81 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 Kia Sorento:

 

Murano

Sorento

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

818 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Murano’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 39 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 75 more horsepower (260 vs. 185) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the Sorento EX’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Kia Sorento:

 

Murano

Sorento 4 cyl.

Sorento EX

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.9 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

82.7 MPH

83.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Murano

Sorento

 

2WD

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

3.3 V6/Auto

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 on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Sorento:

 

Murano

Sorento

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Murano Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento SX/Limited.

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 Sorento doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 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 Sorento LX (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 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 Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has .4 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

The front step up height for the Murano is 2.7 inches lower than the Sorento (15.8” vs. 18.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 3.7 inches lower than the Sorento’s (15.1” vs. 18.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area than the Sorento with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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

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 Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Murano has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Sorento only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Murano’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

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 Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

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 Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

The Murano’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Sorento because it costs $234 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Sorento, including $4 less for a water pump, $161 less for an alternator, $5 less for front struts, $755 less for a timing belt/chain and $83 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and they ranked the Nissan Murano Platinum AWD higher than the Kia Sorento LX.

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

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