2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2011 Nissan
Murano LE

2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.9

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Sporty performance
12.3 lb/hp
2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.8

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Roof rails
Standard
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Average cargo space
64.5 ft3
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Average-sized back seats
47.0 ft3
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Has rear spoiler
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 4.5x more stuff, 64.5 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3
  • Almost the same, 57.6 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • The Maxima SV's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 12.3 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
  • More than 10% more powerful, 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The Maxima SV needs around 10% less space to turn, 37.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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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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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Number of speakers 9 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 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 No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Maxima SV; but it's not available at all on the Murano LE

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 520 miles The Maxima SV has good highway range and the Murano LE is reasonable
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the Maxima SV has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Maxima SV cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Maxima SV 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

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs Continuously variable Fewer gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for 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 15.6 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp The Maxima SV is a sporty car, while the Murano LE is just average
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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 37.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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MSRP $39,110 vs $35,210 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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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 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the Murano LE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 128 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 14.7 s s @ 99.0 mph mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Murano LE's is just OK
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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 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The Maxima SV is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Murano LE
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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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2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2011 Mazda 6 i Touring Maxima SV vs 6 i 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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