2011 Kia
Soul
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano LE

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.8

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Power mirrors
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2011 Kia Soul

8.9

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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Average number of gears
5
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good city fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano LE; not available on the Soul
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Soul only offers cloth seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano LE's satellite radio
  • The Murano LE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Murano LE has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Need to carry bulky cargo? The Murano LE's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Murano LE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
  • A single tank lasts around 30% longer, 499 miles vs 394 miles
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 26 mpg vs 18 mpg
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • The Soul has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • The Soul needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The Murano LE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The Murano LE has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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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 Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano LE's power seats; not available on the Soul
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano LE; not available on the Soul
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Soul only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Murano LE has more speakers, but the Soul has very few
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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 Soul does not
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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 LE'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

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 394 miles The Murano LE has OK highway range, but the Soul is very limited
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 53.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 54.1 ft3 The Murano LE has average-sized front seats, while the Soul is very cramped
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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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roof rails Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Murano LE's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Soul cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Murano LE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Soul
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Soul has a good number of cupholders, but the Murano LE is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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MSRP $39,110 vs $13,995 The Soul has a great price and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 26 mpg The Soul has great city mileage and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Murano LE's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Murano LE's warranty is very limited

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Soul is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Soul has an OK number of gears, while the Murano LE has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Murano LE's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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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 21.0 lb/hp The Murano LE has OK performance while the Soul gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 34.4 ft The Soul can make tight turns, and the Murano LE is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 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 4 stars The Murano LE is 1.5x safer than the Soul

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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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 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 LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Kia Soul Kia
Soul
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 9.8 seconds The Murano LE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 135 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 17.6 s @ 79 mph The Murano LE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Soul 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 118 mph vs 114 mph The Murano LE's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the Soul is just OK

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