2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan Murano doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

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

Both the Terrain and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Nissan Murano:

Terrain

Murano

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

159

342

Neck Injury Risk

17%

28%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

223 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

34 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

78 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Nissan Murano:

Terrain

Murano

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

357 lbs.

392 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

17 inches

HIC

377

439

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

41 G’s

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

Warranty

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The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Murano’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 57 percent more GMC dealers than there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The Murano’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Nissan Murano:

Terrain

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Terrain

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/28 hwy

Murano

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Terrain’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 Terrain 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.

Tires and Wheels

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The Terrain’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Murano’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Terrain SLT/Denali has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Nissan Murano.

The Terrain is 10.5 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Terrain easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Terrain uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Murano doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Terrain has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more rear legroom than the Murano.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Murano is limited to 1500 pounds. The Terrain offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Terrain 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

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The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Murano does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Terrain’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Murano’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Terrain and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Terrain 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 Terrain’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

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

The Terrain’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 Terrain SLT/Denali 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 Terrain (except SL) 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 Terrain Denali’s optional Automatic Parking Assist 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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Terrain owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Terrain will cost $370 less than the Murano over a five-year period.

The Terrain will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Terrain will retain 45.99% to 49.47% of its original price after five years, while the Murano only retains 41.28% to 43.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Murano, including $21 less for a water pump, $49 less for a starter, $143 less for front struts, $78 less for a timing belt/chain and $278 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Terrain will be $4783 to $7008 less than for the Nissan Murano.

Recommendations

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The GMC Terrain outsold the Nissan Murano by 37% during 2018.

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