Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Porsche Macan Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Porsche Macan

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 Macan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Macan 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, 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 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 Macan has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 6 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Porsche 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 89% better than the Macan.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (260 vs. 252) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Macan Auto turbo 4 cyl. (21 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops shorter than the Macan:

 

Murano

Macan

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

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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 Macan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis Comparison

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 Macan 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 Macan (.36 to .37) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 12.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Macan (108.1 vs. 96).

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 17.7 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 53 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Macan can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The Macan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Macan because typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Macan, including $43 less for a water pump, $1242 less for an alternator, $186 less for front brake pads, $142 less for a starter, $39 less for fuel injection, $53 less for a fuel pump, $1141 less for front struts, $210 less for a timing belt/chain and $180 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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

The Nissan Murano outsold the Porsche Macan by almost five to one during the 2016 model year.

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