2011 Honda
CR-V EX
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano SL

2011 Nissan Murano SL

9.8

starting from

$38,810

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano SL

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Average power
260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.3"
2011 Honda CR-V EX

9.2

Runner-up

Honda CR-V EX

starting from

$25,005
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
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"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
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Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V EX

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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • Leather comes standard on the Murano SL; the CR-V EX only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano SL's power seats; not available on the CR-V EX
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • The Murano SL has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano SL's satellite radio
  • The Murano SL has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 6
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX Winner: CR-V EX
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  • The CR-V EX has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX Winner: CR-V EX
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  • The best price we've seen is $13,805 cheaper (around 40% less), $25,005 vs $38,810
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • The Murano SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V EX
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 57.6 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3
  • The Murano SL can carry more than 30% more weight, 1109 lb vs 850 lb
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano SL's power seats; not available on the CR-V EX
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Murano SL; the CR-V EX only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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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 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The Murano SL is 3.0x safer than the CR-V EX

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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Number of speakers 9 vs 6 The Murano SL has more speakers and the CR-V EX is OK, too
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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 Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano SL's satellite radio
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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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM The Murano SL is of average power, but the CR-V EX is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The CR-V EX has an OK number of gears, while 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 16.1 lb/hp vs 19.0 lb/hp The Murano SL is a sporty car, while the CR-V EX is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-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 38.1 ft vs 37.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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MSRP $38,810 vs $25,005 The CR-V EX has a great price and the Murano SL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The CR-V EX has great city mileage and the Murano SL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Practicality

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 52.9 ft3 The Murano SL has average-sized front seats, while the CR-V EX is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1109 lb vs 850 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 Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Murano SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V EX
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The CR-V EX has a good number of cupholders, but the Murano SL does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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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 None vs None

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V EX Honda
CR-V EX
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Murano SL has a good 0-60 time, but the CR-V EX is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 130 ft The CR-V EX has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Murano SL is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 17.0 s @ 84 mph The Murano SL's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the CR-V EX's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Toyota RAV4 CR-V vs RAV4
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Venza CR-V EX-L vs Venza
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V EX-L vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Infiniti FX35 Murano LE vs FX35
2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Murano SL vs Outback 3.6R
2011 Nissan Murano 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Murano vs Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Mazda CX-7 s Touring Murano LE vs CX-7 s Touring
2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Acura MDX Murano SL vs MDX

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