2019 Dodge Journey vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Dodge Journey 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 Nissan Murano has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The Dodge Journey offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Nissan doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Murano. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; Journey owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

Both the Journey 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Dodge Journey is safer than the Nissan Murano:

 

Journey

Murano

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

158

282

Neck Injury Risk

27%

37%

Neck Stress

250 lbs.

292 lbs.

Neck Compression

14 lbs.

61 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

52%

82%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

199 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 Dodge Journey is safer than the Nissan Murano:

 

Journey

Murano

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

97

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

131 G’s

162 G’s

Hip Force

190 lbs.

354 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

156

212

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

HIC

250

328

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

39 G’s

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

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Journey’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Journey has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Murano’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the Journey is in the front fender, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Journey’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Murano’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (283 vs. 260) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Journey FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Murano (20.5 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Journey AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Murano (21.1 vs. 19 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Journey’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Murano:

 

Journey

Murano

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

12.1 inches

Suspension and Handling

The Journey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Journey’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Murano (113.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The Journey offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Murano can only carry 5.

The Journey has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (121.7 vs. 108.1).

The Journey has .9 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Journey

Murano

Third Seat Folded

37 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

39.6 cubic feet

32.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

67.6 cubic feet

67 cubic feet

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

 

Journey

Murano

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16”/41.5”/75”

n.a./37”/74.4”

Max Width

55.5”

54”

Min Width

41.4”

43”

Height

33.1”

33.7”

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Murano is limited to 1500 pounds. The Journey offers up to a 2500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Journey has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Murano doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The Journey’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Murano does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Journey and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Journey is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Murano prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Journey’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Murano and aren’t offered on the Murano S.

The Journey GT has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Murano doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Journey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Journey will cost $150 less than the Murano over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Journey is less expensive to operate than the Murano because it costs $117 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Journey than the Murano, including $74 less for a water pump, $87 less for a starter, $182 less for fuel injection and $865 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Journey will be $4091 to $5144 less than for the Nissan Murano.

Recommendations

The Dodge Journey outsold the Nissan Murano by 13% during 2018.

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