2020 Mercedes GLE vs. 2019 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLE 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 middle seat belts.

The GLE’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.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the GLE’s standard Downhill Speed Regulation allows you to creep down safely. The Murano doesn’t offer Downhill Speed Regulation.

Both the GLE and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The Mercedes GLE weighs 559 to 1169 pounds more than the Nissan Murano. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The GLE 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.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The GLE 350’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The GLE 450’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid produces 102 more horsepower (362 vs. 260) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the GLE 450 is faster than the Nissan Murano:

GLE

Murano

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

7.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

19.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.3 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

92 MPH

Top Speed

129 MPH

119 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the GLE 450’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 GLE’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 GLE has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Murano (22.5 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

GLE 350

GLE 450

Murano

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.1 inches

The GLE stops shorter than the Murano:

GLE

Murano

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLE has larger standard tires than the Murano (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R18). The GLE’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (F:275/45R21 & R:315/40R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The GLE’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 GLE’s optional 275/45R21 front and 315/40R21 rear tires have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile than the Murano SL/Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLE has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Murano. The GLE’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Murano SL/Platinum.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLE has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The GLE 450 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Nissan doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Murano.

The GLE 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 GLE has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GLE’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.

The GLE’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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLE’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the Murano (117.9 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GLE is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Murano.

The GLE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.5% to 46.5%) than the Murano’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the GLE more stable handling and braking.

The GLE 450 handles at .84 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Mercedes GLE amounts to more than styling. The GLE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is lower than the Murano (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GLE get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the GLE 450 is quieter than the Murano Platinum AWD:

GLE

Murano

At idle

38 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space

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The GLE offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Murano can only carry 5.

The GLE has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

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The GLE has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Murano with its rear seat up (33 vs. 32.1 cubic feet). The GLE has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Murano with its rear seat folded (75 vs. 67 cubic feet).

Towing

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The GLE’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Murano’s (7700 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the GLE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Murano. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 38% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Murano SL/Platinum, the GLE offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The GLE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction 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 GLE’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Murano

The GLE’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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the GLE 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 see further while navigating curves, the GLE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Murano doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The GLE 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 GLE offers an optional 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.

The GLE’s Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Murano doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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