2011 BMW
X3 xDrive28i
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano LE

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.4

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Average cargo space
64.5 ft3
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Power outlets
Standard
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Power mirrors
Standard
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i

9.4

starting from

$37,625
"The X3 looks fresh in its new duds...understated good looks"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's external styling
"The cabin is much nicer than before, although it is bereft of its own personality"
caranddriver.com | talking about the X3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the BMW X3 xDrive28i

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8"
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More gears
8
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 2.5x more stuff, 64.5 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 57.6 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3
Entertainment System 8.4 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • The X3 xDrive28i's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The X3 xDrive28i has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 9
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Almost the same, 8 vs Continuously variable
  • The X3 xDrive28i's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The Murano LE has 1 more airbag (including Side), 5 vs 4
Cost 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Winner: X3 xDrive28i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 19 mpg vs 18 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.4 vs 9.4

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 27.6 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the X3 xDrive28i has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 53.8 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1,072 lb vs 904 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Murano LE's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the X3 xDrive28i
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The X3 xDrive28i has a good number of cupholders, but the Murano LE does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Number of speakers 9 vs 12 Both have more speakers, but the X3 xDrive28i in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Murano LE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X3 xDrive28i does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano LE's satellite radio; in the X3 xDrive28i, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The X3 xDrive28i has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 8 The X3 xDrive28i has an extraordinary amount of gears, but the Murano LE has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the X3 xDrive28i's semi-automatic transmission and the Murano LE's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.6 lb/hp vs 17.1 lb/hp The Murano LE is a sporty car, while the X3 xDrive28i is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The X3 xDrive28i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Murano LE has an OK number of airbags while the X3 xDrive28i has very few (missing Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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MSRP $39,110 vs $37,625 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X3 xDrive28i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Murano LE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X3 xDrive28i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Murano LE's is very short

Crash Test Ratings

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i BMW
X3 xDrive28i
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 129 ft The X3 xDrive28i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Murano LE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.84 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs 150 mph The X3 xDrive28i can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Murano LE is just OK

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2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i X3 xDrive28i vs X5 xDrive35i
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X3 xDrive28i vs GLK350
2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion X3 xDrive28i vs Tiguan SE 4Motion
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Honda CR-V Murano LE vs CR-V
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2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Murano LE vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Murano LE vs Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Murano LE vs Forester 2.5X

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