2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2018 Lincoln MKX

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano (except S/SV) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Murano and the Lincoln MKX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Nissan Murano is safer than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

647 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

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

Warranty

There are over 27 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Murano’s reliability 29 points higher than the Lincoln MKX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Lincoln MKX isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Lincoln MKX with the 2.7 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Lincoln MKX (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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 Lincoln MKX are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the Lincoln MKX:

 

Murano

Lincoln MKX

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 550 pounds less than the Lincoln MKX.

Passenger Space

The Murano has .6 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Lincoln MKX.

The front step up height for the Murano is 1.7 inches lower than the Lincoln MKX (15.8” vs. 17.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.9 inches lower than the Lincoln MKX’s (15.1” vs. 18”).

Ergonomics

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 Lincoln MKX doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Lincoln MKX’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Murano owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Murano will cost $330 less than the Lincoln MKX over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Lincoln MKX because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Murano than the Lincoln MKX, including $1 less for a water pump, $70 less for a muffler, $9 less for front brake pads and $103 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Murano will be $6655 to $10873 less than for the Lincoln MKX.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Murano outsold the Lincoln MKX by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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