2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Nissan Murano Competitors

$30-47k mid-size SUV, designed in Japan, built in U.S.A. 18 city / 23 hwy 390-499 mile range, gas engine
260 hp 213 cu. in. V6 4 stars stability control, ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other mid-size SUVs and minivan and SUVs, the 2011 Nissan Murano LE is also often compared to cars. The 2011 Nissan Murano LE's top rivals come from Honda (such as the CR-V and the Accord Crosstour EX) and Subaru (such as the Outback 2.5i Limited and the Forester 2.5X)

compared to mid-size SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Murano LE compared to other mid-size SUV competitors include: it has slightly more cargo space (64.5 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3), is slightly more powerful (260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM), has continuously-variable transmission (continuously variable vs traditional), is slightly sportier (15.6 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp) and gets slightly more from a tank of gas in the city (391 miles vs 336 miles).

However, on average it slightly less ground clearance (7.3" vs 7.9"), is slightly less fuel efficient on the highway (23 mpg vs 26 mpg), has a slightly shorter-lasting basic warranty (3 year vs 4 year), has a slightly shorter basic warranty (36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile) and has worse traction (two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive).

2011 Honda CR-V

2011 Honda CR-V
$23,405

Significant advantages of the CR-V (vs the Murano LE)

  • Significantly better highway mileage: 28 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 123 ft vs 136 ft
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the CR-V (vs the Murano LE)

  • Less powerful: 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • Less safe in side crashes for the driver: 3 stars vs 5 stars
  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable

common strengths of the CR-V and Murano LE

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda CR-V vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Infiniti FX35

2011 Infiniti FX35
$43,495

Significant advantages of the FX35 (vs the Murano LE)

  • Much longer basic warranty: 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Significantly tighter turning radius: 36.7 ft vs 39.4 ft
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty: 4 year vs 3 year

Significant disadvantages of the FX35 (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable

common strengths of the FX35 and Murano LE

  • Good highway range: 547 miles vs 499 miles
  • Both provide sporty handling: 13.7 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
  • Both have spacious front seats: 58.3 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
arrow Compare the 2011 Infiniti FX35 vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Nissan Rogue SV

2011 Nissan Rogue SV
$25,950

Significant advantages of the Rogue SV (vs the Murano LE)

  • Significantly more ground clearance for rough terrain: 8.3" vs 7.3"
  • Better city mileage: 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Rogue SV (vs the Murano LE)

  • Significantly less powerful: 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • Sluggish performance: 20.5 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
  • Significantly more trips to the pumps when driving on the highway: 413 miles vs 499 miles

common strengths of the Rogue SV and Murano LE

  • Both have a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel efficiency: Continuously variable vs Continuously variable
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both have power seats
arrow Compare the Rogue SV vs the Murano LE

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
$21,220

Significant advantages of the Forester 2.5X (vs the Murano LE)

  • Significantly more ground clearance for rough terrain: 8.7" vs 7.3"
  • Much tighter turning radius: 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 5 stars vs 3 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Forester 2.5X (vs the Murano LE)

  • Much less cargo room: 33.5 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Significantly less powerful: 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable

common strengths of the Forester 2.5X and Murano LE

  • Both have spacious front seats: 58.2 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i
$37,625

Significant advantages of the X3 xDrive28i (vs the Murano LE)

  • Many more gears: 8 vs Continuously variable
  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • Significantly longer basic warranty: 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile

Significant disadvantages of the X3 xDrive28i (vs the Murano LE)

  • Much less cargo room: 27.6 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Power outlets not available

common strengths of the X3 xDrive28i and Murano LE

  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times: 6.7 seconds vs 7.6 seconds
  • Both have power seats for the passenger
  • Both have power seats
arrow Compare the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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$43,375

Significant advantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the Murano LE)

  • Rear air conditioning comes standard
  • Significantly more airbags: 6 vs 5
  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive

Significant disadvantages of the Q5 Premium Plus (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Keyless entry not available
  • Much more cramped front seats: 52.2 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3

common strengths of the Q5 Premium Plus and Murano LE

  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times: 7.1 seconds vs 7.6 seconds
  • Both provide sporty handling: 15.9 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Audi Q5 Premium Plus vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

compared to minivan and SUV competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Murano LE compared to other minivan and SUV competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient in the city (18 mpg vs 16 mpg), has continuously-variable transmission (continuously variable vs traditional), gets slightly more from a tank of gas in the city (391 miles vs 316 miles), has slightly more spacious back seats (47.0 ft3 vs 37.8 ft3) and has an auxiliary audio input jack.

However, on average it has slightly less cargo space (64.5 ft3 vs 100.7 ft3), has 2 rows of seats (2 vs 3), less safe in head-on collisions for the driver (4 stars vs 5 stars), has significantly fewer seats (5 vs 7) and has worse traction (two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive).

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

2011 Buick Enclave CXL
$41,790

Significant advantages of the Enclave CXL (vs the Murano LE)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Enclave CXL (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Moon roof not available
  • Power outlets must be bought separately

common strengths of the Enclave CXL and Murano LE

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both have a smooth suspension, quite rare in this class of vehicle: Independent vs Independent
  • Great protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Buick Enclave CXL vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Silver Edition

2011 Nissan Pathfinder Silver Edition
$38,720

Significant advantages of the Pathfinder Silver Edition (vs the Murano LE)

  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • Better road traction: four-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • Many more gears: 5 vs Continuously variable

Significant disadvantages of the Pathfinder Silver Edition (vs the Murano LE)

  • Higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change: 3 stars vs 4 stars
  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 14 mpg vs 18 mpg

common strengths of the Pathfinder Silver Edition and Murano LE

  • Both have a smooth suspension, quite rare in this class of vehicle: Independent vs Independent
  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
  • Both have electronic stability control
arrow Compare the Pathfinder Silver Edition vs the Murano LE

2012 GMC Acadia SLE

2012 GMC Acadia SLE
$37,890

Significant advantages of the Acadia SLE (vs the Murano LE)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the driver: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Much more cargo room: 116.9 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Acadia SLE (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Folding rear seats not available
  • Leather not available

common strengths of the Acadia SLE and Murano LE

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Great protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
arrow Compare the 2012 GMC Acadia SLE vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring

2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring
$33,940

Significant advantages of the CX-9 Grand Touring (vs the Murano LE)

  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • Significantly more cargo room: 100.7 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Many more gears: 6 vs Continuously variable

Significant disadvantages of the CX-9 Grand Touring (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Significantly more cramped back seats: 37.8 ft3 vs 47.0 ft3
  • Moon roof not available

common strengths of the CX-9 Grand Touring and Murano LE

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both have a smooth suspension, quite rare in this class of vehicle: Independent vs Independent
  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX

2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX
$30,800

Significant advantages of the Accord Crosstour EX (vs the Murano LE)

  • Many more gears: 5 vs Continuously variable
  • Significantly better highway mileage: 27 mpg vs 23 mpg
  • CD changer comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Accord Crosstour EX (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Roof rails not available
  • Leather not available

common strengths of the Accord Crosstour EX and Murano LE

  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 4 stars vs 4 stars
  • Both have a smooth suspension, quite rare in this class of vehicle: Independent vs Independent
  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Ford Explorer Limited

2011 Ford Explorer Limited
$38,360

Significant advantages of the Explorer Limited (vs the Murano LE)

  • Number of rows of seating: 3 vs 2
  • Many more gears: 6 vs Continuously variable
  • More seats: 7 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Explorer Limited (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • CD player not available
  • Lacks auxiliary audio input jack

common strengths of the Explorer Limited and Murano LE

  • Both have a smooth suspension, quite rare in this class of vehicle: Independent vs Independent
  • Both have good brakes for high-performance use
  • Both have electronic stability control
arrow Compare the 2011 Ford Explorer Limited vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Murano LE compared to car competitors include: it has continuously-variable transmission (continuously variable vs traditional), has significantly more cargo space (64.5 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3), has slightly more spacious front seats (57.6 ft3 vs 49.3 ft3), has standard moon roof (standard vs not available) and has standard roof rails (standard vs not available).

However, on average it is slightly less fuel efficient on the highway (23 mpg vs 29 mpg), has slightly fewer gears (continuously variable vs 6), has worse traction (two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive), less safe in side collisions for the rear passenger (4 stars vs 5 stars) and higher risk of rolling over during emergency lane change (4 stars vs 5 stars).

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
$29,220

Significant advantages of the Outback 2.5i Limited (vs the Murano LE)

  • Better road traction: all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • Paddle shifters comes standard
  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 4 stars vs 3 stars

Significant disadvantages of the Outback 2.5i Limited (vs the Murano LE)

  • Power locks not available
  • Significantly slower 0-60 mph time: 10.7 seconds vs 7.6 seconds
  • Significantly slower 1/4 mile time: 18.2 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph

common strengths of the Outback 2.5i Limited and Murano LE

  • Lots of cargo room: 71.3 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Both have a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel efficiency: Continuously variable vs Continuously variable
  • Both have spacious front seats: 57.2 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
arrow Compare the 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

2011 Nissan Maxima SV
$35,210

Significant advantages of the Maxima SV (vs the Murano LE)

  • Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Optional entertainment system
  • CD changer comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Maxima SV (vs the Murano LE)

  • Much less cargo room: 14.2 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Roof rails not available
  • More cramped back seats: 40.2 ft3 vs 47.0 ft3

common strengths of the Maxima SV and Murano LE

  • Both have a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel efficiency: Continuously variable vs Continuously variable
  • Both have spacious front seats: 54.9 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
  • Good city range: 380 miles vs 391 miles
arrow Compare the Maxima SV vs the Murano LE

2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
$29,190

Significant advantages of the Altima 3.5 SR (vs the Murano LE)

  • Safer in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 4 stars vs 3 stars
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • Optional entertainment system

Significant disadvantages of the Altima 3.5 SR (vs the Murano LE)

  • Much less cargo room: 8.2 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Much more cramped front seats: 49.3 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
  • Roof rails not available

common strengths of the Altima 3.5 SR and Murano LE

  • Both have a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel efficiency: Continuously variable vs Continuously variable
  • Good city range: 400 miles vs 391 miles
  • Both come standard with sun roofs
arrow Compare the Altima 3.5 SR vs the Murano LE

2011 Toyota Venza

2011 Toyota Venza
$27,885

Significant advantages of the Venza (vs the Murano LE)

  • Many more gears: 6 vs Continuously variable
  • Safer in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Venza (vs the Murano LE)

  • Doesn't have continuously variable transmission: Traditional vs Continuously variable
  • Roof rails not available
  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 2 stars vs 3 stars

common strengths of the Venza and Murano LE

  • Lots of cargo room: 70.1 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • Both have spacious back seats: 52.5 ft3 vs 47.0 ft3
  • Both have spacious front seats: 55.3 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Venza vs the 2011 Nissan Murano LE