2011 Infiniti
FX35
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano LE

2011 Infiniti FX35

10.0

Winner

Infiniti FX35

starting from

$43,495

Reasons to buy the Infiniti FX35

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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Quite powerful
303 HP @ 6,800 RPM
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More gears
7
2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.2

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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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Average cargo space
64.5 ft3
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Roof rails
Standard
Performance 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Almost the same, 7 vs Continuously variable
  • The FX35's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • The FX35's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.7 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
Entertainment System 8.1 vs 10.0
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • The FX35's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
  • The FX35 has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 11 vs 9
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Infiniti FX35 Winner: FX35
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  • Almost the same, 58.3 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3
  • The FX35 can carry more than 10% more weight, 1,213 lb vs 1,072 lb
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Road Tests - vs -
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  • The FX35's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Murano LE is pretty good, too
  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 10.0

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM The FX35 is fairly powerful, but the Murano LE is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 7 The FX35 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 FX35'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 13.7 lb/hp Both cars are sporty, but the FX35 in particular is a responsive car
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The FX35 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 36.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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Number of speakers 9 vs 11 Both have more speakers, but the FX35 in particular has a large number
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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 Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes The FX35 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the FX35; but it's not available at all on the Murano LE

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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MSRP $39,110 vs $43,495 The Murano LE has a reasonable price, while the FX35 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Murano LE has OK city mileage, while the FX35 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The FX35's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Murano LE's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The FX35's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Murano LE's is very short

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 62.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 58.3 ft3 The FX35 has roomy front seats and the Murano LE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,072 lb vs 1,213 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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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

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.8 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 133 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 95.0 mph mph The FX35's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Murano LE is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Infiniti FX35 Infiniti
FX35
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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

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