2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 GMC Acadia

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano 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 GMC Acadia doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Acadia 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 Acadia 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Acadia 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.

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

 

Murano

Acadia

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

144

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

186 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, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the GMC Acadia:

 

Murano

Acadia

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

97

106

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

212

263

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

896 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

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 38 points higher than the Acadia.

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

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 Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Murano

Acadia

 

2WD

 

n/a

21 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

 

n/a

21 city/25 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

17 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Murano stops much shorter than the Acadia:

 

Murano

Acadia

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Passenger Space

The Murano has .1 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear hip room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Acadia.

The front step up height for the Murano is 2.2 inches lower than the Acadia (15.8” vs. 18”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 3.9 inches lower than the Acadia’s (15.1” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Murano easier. The Murano’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.7 inches, while the Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

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

 

Murano

Acadia

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

37”/74.4”

18.5”/48”/83”

Max Width

54”

50”

Min Width

43”

42.5”

Height

33.7”

33”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Murano. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

The Murano’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Acadia’s (1500 vs. 1000 pounds).

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 Acadia’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. The Acadia’s optional 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 Acadia can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Murano owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Murano will cost $345 less than the Acadia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $504 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Acadia, including $82 less for front brake pads, $263 less for a timing belt/chain and $105 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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