2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The Murano’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Blazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Murano’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Blazer 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 Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 67 more horsepower (260 vs. 193) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Murano

Blazer

 

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

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 Blazer 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 Blazer are solid, not vented.

Passenger Space

The Murano has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Murano is 2.7 inches lower than the Blazer (15.8” vs. 18.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 4.3 inches lower than the Blazer’s (15.1” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Murano’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Murano the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Blazer’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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

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