2020 Jeep Cherokee vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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

Both the Cherokee and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors 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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Nissan Murano:

Cherokee

Murano

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

166

266

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

26 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 Jeep Cherokee is safer than the Nissan Murano:

Cherokee

Murano

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

64

101

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Hip Force

363 lbs.

392 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

17 inches

HIC

203

439

Hip Force

490 lbs.

591 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Jeep dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cherokee’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Cherokee has a standard 160-amp alternator (180-amp - Cherokee optional). The Murano’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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

Engine

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The Cherokee’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (270 vs. 260) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Cherokee’s optional 3.2 DOHC V6 produces 11 more horsepower (271 vs. 260) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Cherokee turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Nissan Murano:

Cherokee

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Cherokee FWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Murano FWD CVT (20 city/29 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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

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

Cherokee

Murano

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

The Cherokee stops shorter than the Murano:

Cherokee

Murano

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Cherokee Trailhawk’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (245/65R17 vs. 235/65R18).

The Cherokee’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.

The Cherokee offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Murano, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Cherokee’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Murano doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Cherokee Latitude 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (27.1 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Cherokee’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Murano’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Cherokee 4x4 Trailhawk’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Murano’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Cherokee has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Cherokee to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Cherokee Trailhawk’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Murano (8.7 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

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The Jeep Cherokee may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Nissan Murano.

The Cherokee is 10.8 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Cherokee easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Cherokee Overland offers available 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 Cherokee has .6 inches more front legroom and 1.6 inches more rear legroom than the Murano.

Towing

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The Cherokee’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 Cherokee offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The Cherokee 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 Cherokee’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 Cherokee and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s optional 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 Cherokee’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Murano’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Cherokee Limited/Overland/Trailhawk 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 Cherokee Overland has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Cherokee Limited also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Cherokee’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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee Limited/Trailhawk/Overland’s optional ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park 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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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Cherokee is less expensive to operate than the Murano because it costs $273 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Cherokee than the Murano, including $72 less for a water pump, $242 less for fuel injection and $661 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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The Jeep Cherokee outsold the Nissan Murano by almost three to one during 2018.

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