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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 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 XC60’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 XC60 and Murano have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The XC60’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Murano doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
Both the XC60 and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Murano was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.
The XC60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck 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 XC60’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Murano’s (12 vs. 5 years).
Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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.
The XC60 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 XC60 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. The XC60 T8’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 140 more horsepower (400 vs. 260) and 232 lbs.-ft. more torque (472 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.
As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Nissan Murano:
Zero to 60 MPH
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Murano (59 city/57 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/28 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T8 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the E 400 Wagon (25 city/28 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).
On the EPA test cycle the XC60 T5 FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Murano FWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).
The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 17 miles. The Murano must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the XC60 T8’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 XC60’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 XC60 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.
For better stopping power the XC60 T6/T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Murano:
For better traction, the XC60’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).
The XC60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The XC60’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Murano’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XC60 R-Design offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Murano’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The XC60 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 or off-road. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Murano doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC60’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Murano (112.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).
The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum handles at .87 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Murano’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).
For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The XC60 is 8.2 inches shorter than the Murano, making the XC60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The XC60 has 1 inch more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Murano.
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XC60’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Murano doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The XC60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Murano’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds).
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Murano SL/Platinum, the XC60 R-Design/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 XC60 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 XC60 and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XC60 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 XC60’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.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The XC60’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Murano’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XC60 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 XC60 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 XC60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.
The XC60’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 XC60 offers optional 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 XC60’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.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Murano, including $2 less for a water pump, $131 less for a muffler, $30 less for front struts, $537 less for a timing belt/chain and $548 less for a power steering pump.
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