Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Volkswagen Touareg Near Boerne, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Volkswagen Touareg

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 Touareg scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Touareg 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 Touareg doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Touareg have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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 Touareg has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 64 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Murano has a standard 550-amp battery. The Touareg’s 420-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 48% better than the Touareg.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Touareg 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Touareg (21 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops much shorter than the Touareg:

 

Murano

Touareg

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

133 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 Touareg doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Murano flat and controlled during cornering. The Touareg’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 900 pounds less than the Volkswagen Touareg.

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 Touareg 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 Touareg (.37) 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 Touareg doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 4.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Touareg (108.1 vs. 103.6).

The Murano has .3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Touareg.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Touareg with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 64 cubic feet).

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

 

Murano

Touareg

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

38”/69.5”

Max Width

54”

45.5”

Height

33.7”

30.7”

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 Touareg doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Touareg doesn’t offer an easy entry 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 Touareg can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Touareg 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 Touareg doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Touareg’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Touareg 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 Touareg because it costs $378 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Touareg, including $293 less for a water pump, $399 less for an alternator, $37 less for front brake pads, $269 less for a starter, $488 less for fuel injection, $605 less for front struts, $311 less for a timing belt/chain and $492 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Nissan Murano outsold the Volkswagen Touareg by almost nine to one during the 2016 model year.

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