2018 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2017 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Outlander SEL/GT’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Murano doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Outlander and the Murano 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Murano is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.


The Outlander comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Murano’s 3-year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Murano. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Murano ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Murano’s (7 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mitsubishi vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mitsubishi 20th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Mitsubishi Outlander as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Nissan Murano is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Tires and Wheels

The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Outlander’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Murano’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the Outlander more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Murano’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Nissan Murano.

The Outlander is 8 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Murano can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 20.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (128.2 vs. 108.1).

The Outlander has .7 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more front legroom than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Murano.




Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

32.1 cubic feet


Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Murano is limited to 1500 pounds. The Outlander offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.


The Outlander ES/SE’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Outlander SEL/GT’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Murano’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Outlander SEL/GT detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Murano SL/Platinum.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Murano is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Murano, including $99 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $138 less for a starter, $120 less for fuel injection, $31 less for front struts, $475 less for a timing belt/chain and $53 less for a power steering pump.

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