2020 Nissan Murano vs. 2020 Kia Sorento

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Sorento doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Murano has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Sorento doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Sorento doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Murano Platinum has standard NissanConnect Services, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sorento doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Murano and the Sorento 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, 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 Nissan Murano is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Compression

34 lbs.

81 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

43%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

179 lbs.

Neck Compression

78 lbs.

124 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

169/236 lbs.

227/253 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 Nissan Murano is safer than the Kia Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

102 G’s

108 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

299 lbs.

818 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

591 lbs.

689 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Murano’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sorento runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 41 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Murano’s warranty.

Engine

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The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 75 more horsepower (260 vs. 185) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 178) than the Sorento’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Kia Sorento 4 cyl.:

Murano

Sorento

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Murano

FWD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Sorento

FWD

3.3 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.3 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Transmission

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The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Sorento doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sorento are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Sorento:

Murano

Sorento

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sorento L/LX. The Murano SL/Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sorento S/EX/SX.

The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sorento doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Sorento (111.2 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Sorento LX pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Sorento LX (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Murano uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sorento doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Murano has .4 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sorento.

The front step up height for the Murano is 2.1 inches lower than the Sorento (15.8” vs. 17.9”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Sorento’s (15.1” vs. 17.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Murano has a much larger cargo volume than the Sorento with its rear seat up (32.1 vs. 11.3 cubic feet).

The Murano’s cargo area is larger than the Sorento’s in almost every dimension:

Murano

Sorento

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

37”/74.4”

14.7”/44.7”/78”

Max Width

54”

53.5”

Min Width

43”

41.2”

Height

33.7”

33.1”

Ergonomics

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The Murano’s front power windows 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 Sorento’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the Murano the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sorento can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sorento’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

The Murano’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sorento doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

Both the Murano and the Sorento offer available heated front seats. The Murano SL/Platinum also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Sorento.

On extremely cold winter days, the Murano SL/Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sorento doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Murano has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Sorento and isn’t available on the Sorento L.

The Murano’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sorento L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sorento’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Murano owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Murano will cost $180 less than the Sorento over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Kia Sorento, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and they ranked the Nissan Murano Platinum AWD higher than the Kia Sorento LX.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sorento isn’t in the top three.

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