2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Lincoln MKC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 MKC 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 MKC doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Murano as “Superior.” The MKC scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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 MKC doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Murano (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The MKC only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Murano and the MKC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 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 Lincoln MKC:







4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Compression

44 lbs.

152 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

283/32 lbs.

667/277 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 Lincoln MKC:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

354 lbs.

404 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

43 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

778 lbs.

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

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 MKC has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”


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.


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 34 points higher than the MKC.

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.


The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (260 vs. 245) than the MKC’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Lincoln MKC 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

87.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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







3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto


3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto




18 city/25 hwy

2.3 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKC with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Murano has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the MKC (19 vs. 15.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


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 MKC 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 MKC are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops shorter than the MKC:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 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 MKC doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the MKC (111.2 inches vs. 105.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Murano is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the MKC.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the MKC AWD pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The Murano has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKC (108.1 vs. 97.9).

The Murano has .3 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the MKC.

The front step up height for the Murano is 1 inches lower than the MKC (15.8” vs. 16.8”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.4 inches lower than the MKC’s (15.1” vs. 17.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the MKC with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 25.2 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the MKC with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

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




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






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


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

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the MKC because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the MKC, including $56 less for a water pump, $170 less for a muffler, $11 less for front brake pads, $93 less for a timing belt/chain and $221 less for a power steering pump.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln MKC isn't recommended.

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

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