2015 Nissan Murano: Frontal Collision Mitigation Could Be Worth the Cost
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 4, 2016
I saw an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report a couple days ago about the effectiveness of frontal collision warning and mitigation systems. According to the IIHS study, having a frontal collision warning system on a vehicle can reduce the likelihood of a front-end crash (i.e., the driver rear-ends somebody) by 23 percent.
If the vehicle has frontal collision warning and a mitigation system with automatic braking, the likelihood of a frontal collision drops by about 40 percent on average, the IIHS says.
Our 2015 Nissan Murano happens to have both systems.
We've got a Murano Platinum. On that top trim level (and the one below the SL trim) Nissan offers the Technology package, which includes the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control (which we haven't been terribly fond of) and the forward collision warning and mitigation system. That package has an MSRP of $2,260.
Unrelated to the report, the IIHS has also tested the Murano's forward collision warning/mitigation system and gave it a "Superior" score.
So is the package's cost worth it? I suppose that's going to depend on the individual Murano buyer. But it seems to me there's greater chance for driver distraction than ever before (smartphones, touchscreen interfaces) and if the system saves you from getting into an accident or even a little fender-bender just once during the time you own the car, you could probably say that the Technology package is worth the cost.
Here's a Nissan video of the system. I haven't experienced our Murano's collision mitigation system (thankfully!) but I do like the way the system is tuned overall for balance. It gives you a warning for a real imminent collision without going overboard on every single possible situation.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor