2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano SL

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

9.8

starting from

$39,790

Reasons to buy the Buick Enclave CXL

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Good cargo space
115.0 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.4"
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More passenger seats
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Comparable towing weight
1631 lb
2011 Nissan Murano SL

9.5

Runner-up

Nissan Murano SL

starting from

$38,810

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano SL

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power outlets
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Room for 3 more people, 8 vs 5
  • Room for around 80% more stuff, 115.0 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
  • The Enclave CXL has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano SL's standard sun roof
Performance 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • More than 10% more powerful, 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • The Enclave CXL has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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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
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano SL's satellite radio; in the Enclave CXL, too, but it'll cost
  • Both have speed-sensitive volume
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Enclave CXL has lots of passenger seats, but the Murano SL has very few
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Cargo space 115.0 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3 The Enclave CXL has lots of cargo room, but the Murano SL has very little
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front seats 59.9 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 The Enclave CXL has roomy front seats and the Murano SL is OK
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Base payload capacity 1631 lb vs 1109 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 Optional vs Standard The Murano SL's standard power outlet will keep your gadgets charged; requires optional upgrade on the Enclave CXL
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 4 The Enclave CXL has an OK number of cupholders while the Murano SL has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano SL'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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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Horsepower 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The Enclave CXL has more gears, but the Murano SL has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both only offer an automatic transmission, unlike most in this class
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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 16.6 lb/hp vs 16.1 lb/hp The Murano SL is a sporty car, while the Enclave CXL is just average
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Murano SL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 38.1 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Crash Test Ratings

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Enclave CXL is 2.1x safer than the Murano SL
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

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Enclave CXL
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2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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MSRP $39,790 vs $38,810 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Enclave CXL's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Murano SL's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Enclave CXL's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Murano SL's is very short

Safety Features

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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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 5 OK number of airbags
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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 OnStar vs None

Entertainment System

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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Number of speakers 6 vs 9 The Murano SL has more speakers, but the Enclave CXL has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano SL's satellite radio; in the Enclave CXL, 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 No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Enclave CXL; but it's not available at all on the Murano SL

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano SL Nissan
Murano SL
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.6 seconds The Murano SL has a good 0-60 time, but the Enclave CXL is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 136 ft The Murano SL's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Enclave CXL is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 87 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph The Murano SL's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Enclave CXL's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 118 mph

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2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Honda CR-V EX Murano SL vs CR-V EX
2011 Nissan Murano 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Murano vs Rogue SV
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2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Murano SL vs Outback 3.6R
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