2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2018 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Murano doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The QX30 Sport/Essential’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 QX30 and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-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 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Murano. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Murano ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Murano’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 8 places higher in reliability than Nissan.

Engine

The QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Nissan Murano:

 

QX30

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

91.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Murano:

 

QX30

Murano

 

2WD

24 city/33 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

 

4WD

21 city/30 hwy

21 city/28 hwy

 

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the QX30’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Murano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops shorter than the Murano:

 

QX30

Murano

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The QX30’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Murano’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX30 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Murano doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The QX30 Sport handles at .88 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Murano’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Murano’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX30 has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the QX30 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 600 pounds less than the Nissan Murano.

The QX30 is 1 foot, 6.6 inches shorter than the Murano, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 9.8 inches shorter in height than the Murano, making the QX30 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX30 easier. The QX30’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.1 inches, while the Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

Servicing Ease

The QX30 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 52% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Murano SL/Platinum, the QX30 Luxe/Sport/Essential has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The QX30 Sport/Essential’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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Murano doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the QX30 Sport/Essential detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the QX30 Sport/Essential has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The QX30’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 QX30 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The QX30 (except Pure/Luxe)’s optional Intelligent Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Murano doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the QX30 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the QX30 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Murano is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The QX30 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX30 will retain 53.6% to 54.72% of its original price after five years, while the Murano only retains 41.28% to 43.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost less on the QX30 than the Murano, including $21 less for front brake pads, $60 less for a starter, $47 less for fuel injection, $138 less for a fuel pump, $6 less for front struts and $88 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX30 will be $2133 to $4533 less than for the Nissan Murano.

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