2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Infiniti QX30

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 QX30 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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the QX30 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX30 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Murano has a standard 130-amp alternator. The QX30’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 16 points higher than the QX30.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The QX30 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 14th.

Engine

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 52 more horsepower (260 vs. 208) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX30 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 14.8 gallons).

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 QX30 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 QX30 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano SL/Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 QX30 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Murano has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the QX30 (111.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.

Chassis

The design of the Nissan Murano amounts to more than styling. The Murano has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the QX30 (.31 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Murano get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Murano has 19.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX30 (108.1 vs. 88.8).

The Murano has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom, 6.2 inches more rear hip room and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Murano is .6 inches lower than the QX30 (15.8” vs. 16.4”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.1 inches lower than the QX30’s (15.1” vs. 17.2”).

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 34 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano Platinum’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The QX30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Murano SL/Platinum’s power liftgate can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Murano’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

The Murano has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Murano uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The Murano offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Murano has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the QX30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Murano has standard extendable sun visors. The QX30 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Murano and the QX30 offer available heated front seats. The Murano SL/Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the QX30.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Murano Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The QX30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Murano SL/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Nissan Murano offers an available wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Nissan Murano offers an available wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The QX30 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Murano owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Murano will cost $1035 to $2975 less than the QX30 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the QX30, including $247 less for a water pump, $58 less for a muffler and $409 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

The Nissan Murano outsold the Infiniti QX30 by almost 10 to one during the 2018 model year.

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