2020 Honda Passport vs. 2020 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Passport deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Passport’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Murano’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Both the Passport and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passport the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Murano was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

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The engine in the Passport has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Murano has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

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The Passport’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (280 vs. 260) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Passport is faster than the Nissan Murano:

Passport

Murano

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.1 sec

19.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Passport’s fuel efficiency. The Murano doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Passport’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 Passport 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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For better traction, the Passport has larger standard tires than the Murano (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R18). The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (265/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The Passport Sport/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The Passport Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Passport has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Murano.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Passport is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Murano.

For greater off-road capability the Passport has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.1 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Passport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Passport 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Passport Elite AWD is quieter than the Murano Platinum AWD (39 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Passport has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (115.9 vs. 108.1).

The Passport has .2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 3.7 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

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The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Murano with its rear seat up (41.2 vs. 32.1 cubic feet). The Passport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Murano with its rear seat folded (77.9 vs. 67 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Passport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Murano’s (3500 vs. 1500 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Murano is only 1500 pounds. The Passport AWD offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Passport’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Passport Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. 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 Passport’s headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Murano’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Passport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Murano doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Passport Elite 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 Passport Touring/Elite has a 115-volt a/c outlet, 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.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its April 2019 issue and they ranked the Honda Passport Elite AWD first. They ranked the Nissan Murano Platinum AWD fifth.

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