Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Volvo XC60 Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Volvo XC60

Safety Comparison

Both the Murano and the XC60 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

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 Volvo XC60:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

226/341 lbs.

390/661 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 Volvo XC60:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

162 G’s

167 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

549 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

681 lbs.

721 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Volvo 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 69% better than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The XC60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 XC60 are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the XC60:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

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 XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the XC60 (111.2 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is .3 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the XC60.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T6 pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (108.1 vs. 95).

The Murano has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area than the XC60 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 30.8 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The XC60 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 XC60 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 XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Murano Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XC60 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the XC60, including $80 less for an alternator, $76 less for front brake pads and $205 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Volvo XC60 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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