Both the Murano and the V90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, 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, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert 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 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The V90 has not been tested, yet.
Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the V90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V90 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.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The V90 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.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Volvo.
The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (260 vs. 250) than the V90 T5 R-Design’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The V90 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Murano has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the V90 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.9 gallons).
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 V90 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The front and rear suspension of the Murano uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
For greater off-road capability the Murano has a greater minimum ground clearance than the V90 (6.9 vs. 6 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
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 V90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Murano has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V90 (108.1 vs. 98).
The Murano has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the V90.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The V90’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the V90 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 25.5 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the V90 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 53.9 cubic feet).
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 V90 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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 V90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.
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 V90 is not ranked.