2019 Volvo V90 vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V90 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Nissan Murano doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V90’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Murano doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V90 and Murano have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V90 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Murano’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo V90 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Nissan doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Murano. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; V90 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V90 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Murano doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the V90’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the V90 and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

The V90 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Murano’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The V90’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Murano’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V90 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Murano.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V90 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Murano’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

The battery on the V90 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V90’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Murano’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The V90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The V90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (316 vs. 260) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the V90 T6 is faster than the Nissan Murano:

 

V90

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

91.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V90 gets better fuel mileage than the Murano:

 

 

 

MPG

V90

 

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

Murano

 

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the V90’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Murano doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the V90’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Murano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The V90 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Murano doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V90 T6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Murano:

 

V90 T5

V90 T6

Murano

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

13.6 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

12.1 inches

The V90 stops shorter than the Murano:

 

V90

Murano

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the V90 has larger tires than the Murano (255/40R19 vs. 235/65R18).

The V90’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The V90’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Murano.

Suspension and Handling

The V90 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V90’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Murano (115.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The V90’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.7% to 46.3%) than the Murano’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the V90 more stable handling and braking.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription handles at .88 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V90 T6 AWD Inscription executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (26.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

The V90 is 9.7 inches shorter in height than the Murano, making the V90 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The V90 has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V90 easier. The V90’s trunk lift-over height is 24 inches, while the Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

The V90’s cargo area is larger than the Murano’s in every dimension:

 

V90

Murano

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

45.4”/78.3”

37”/74.4”

Min Width

43.3”

43”

Towing

The V90’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Murano’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Murano is only 1500 pounds. The V90 offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The V90 has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Murano doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Murano SL/Platinum, the V90 Inscription has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The V90 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Murano doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the V90 and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the V90 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Murano prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The V90’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The V90’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the V90 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Murano doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V90 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Murano doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the V90 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V90 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V90 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The V90’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Murano and aren’t offered on the Murano S.

The V90 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The V90 offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Murano doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The V90’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Murano doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The V90 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Murano has never been an “All Star.”

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