2011 Buick
Enclave CXL
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano LE

2011 Buick Enclave CXL

9.8

starting from

$41,790

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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Average power
288 HP @ 6,300 RPM
2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.4

Runner-up

Nissan Murano LE

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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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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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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 LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
Performance 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Almost the same, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • More than 10% more powerful, 288 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Buick Enclave CXL Winner: Enclave CXL
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  • Almost the same
  • The Enclave CXL has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 9
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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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Practicality

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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Passengers 8 vs 5 The Enclave CXL has lots of passenger seats, but the Murano LE 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 LE 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 LE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1479 lb vs 1072 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 LE'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 LE 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 LE Nissan
Murano LE
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard 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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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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 LE 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 17.3 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp The Murano LE is a sporty car, while the Enclave CXL is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Enclave CXL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.4 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More speakers
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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 LE'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 LE

Crash Test Ratings

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Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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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 LE
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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
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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MSRP $41,790 vs $39,110 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 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 LE'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 LE's is very short

Safety Features

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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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

Road Tests

Buick
Enclave CXL
2011 Buick Enclave CXL
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.6 seconds The Murano LE 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 LE'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 LE'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 Buick Enclave CXL 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Enclave CXL vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Honda CR-V Murano LE vs CR-V
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Infiniti FX35 Murano LE vs FX35
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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