2019 Nissan Murano vs. 2019 Volvo XC60

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 XC60 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Murano and the XC60 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Murano 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC60. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC60 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much 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 34 points higher than the XC60.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XC60 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 37 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 15 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine

The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (260 vs. 250) than the XC60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the XC60 T5 AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XC60 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Murano stops much shorter than the XC60:

 

Murano

XC60

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

131 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 XC60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the Murano uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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 XC60 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Murano has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XC60 (108.1 vs. 103).

The Murano has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Murano’s rear seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Murano is 3.2 inches lower than the XC60 (15.8” vs. 19”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 4.4 inches lower than the XC60’s (15.1” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity

The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the XC60 with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 30.2 cubic feet). The Murano has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the XC60 with its rear seat folded (67 vs. 50.6 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

 

Murano

XC60

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

37.8”/68.7”

Max Width

54”

43.5”

Min Width

43”

43.5”

Height

33.7”

30.6”

Ergonomics

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 XC60 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the XC60 because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the XC60, including $86 less for front brake pads, $106 less for a starter, $32 less for fuel injection and $247 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Volvo XC60 isn't recommended.

The Nissan Murano outsold the Volvo XC60 by almost three to one during the 2018 model year.

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