2020 Mitsubishi Outlander vs. 2020 Nissan Murano

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Safety

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Both the Outlander and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Mitsubishi Outlander is safer than the Nissan Murano:

Outlander

Murano

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.4 inches

.9 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

17 inches

HIC

365

439

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Outlander 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.

Warranty

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The Outlander comes with a full 5-year/60,000-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Mitsubishi’s powertrain warranty covers the Outlander 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Nissan covers the Murano. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Murano ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Outlander’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Murano’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Tires and Wheels

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The Outlander’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Outlander’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Murano’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Outlander has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Murano (8.5 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Outlander to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Mitsubishi Outlander may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Nissan Murano.

The Outlander is 8 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Outlander easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Passenger Space

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The Outlander has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Murano can only carry 5.

The Outlander has 20.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (128.2 vs. 108.1).

The Outlander has .7 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more front legroom than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander’s cargo area provides more volume than the Murano.

Outlander

Murano

Third Seat Removed

34.2 cubic feet

32.1 cubic feet

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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The Outlander’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 Outlander’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Murano’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Outlander ES’ 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 Outlander SE/LE/SP/SEL/GT’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 Outlander’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Murano’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

The Outlander’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Murano SV/SL/Platinum.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander with a number “1” insurance rate while the Murano is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost much less on the Outlander than the Murano, including $47 less for a water pump, $235 less for a muffler, $21 less for front brake pads, $95 less for a starter, $128 less for fuel injection, $62 less for front struts, $384 less for a timing belt/chain and $426 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mitsubishi Outlander will be $6726 to $7576 less than for the Nissan Murano.

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