Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near San Antonio, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

The Nissan Murano weighs 463 to 690 pounds more than the Chevrolet Equinox. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Equinox has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Murano’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 90 more horsepower (260 vs. 170) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (260 vs. 252) than the Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Equinox with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.6 gallons).

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 Equinox are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Murano has larger tires than the Equinox (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Murano Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Equinox Premier.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Equinox (111.2 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.1 vs. 103.2).

The Murano has 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear hip room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

The front step up height for the Murano is 1.4 inches lower than the Equinox (15.8” vs. 17.2”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.4 inches lower than the Equinox’s (15.1” vs. 17.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

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

 

Murano

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

34.9”/67.4”

Max Width

54”

53.7”

Min Width

45”

40.7”

Height

33.7”

31”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Murano. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Murano’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s front passenger window doesn’t 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 Equinox can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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 Equinox.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Murano SL/Platinum offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Equinox, including $165 less for a water pump, $121 less for an alternator, $101 less for front brake pads, $344 less for a fuel pump and $89 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

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

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