2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.6

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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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Premium radio
Standard
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.6

starting from

$48,075
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive35i

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
8.3"
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Quite powerful
300 HP @ 5,800 RPM
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Performance 8.2 vs 10.0
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • The X5 xDrive35i has 8 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs Continuously variable
  • The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano LE
  • The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
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
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Murano LE is pretty good, too
  • The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the Murano LE isn't bad, either
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
  • Limited number of cupholders
Overall 9.6 vs 9.6

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The X5 xDrive35i is fairly powerful, but the Murano LE is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 8 The X5 xDrive35i 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 X5 xDrive35i'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 Standard The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano LE
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.6 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp The Murano LE is a sporty car, while the X5 xDrive35i is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The X5 xDrive35i has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 42.0 ft The Murano LE is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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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 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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Number of speakers 9 vs 10 More speakers
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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 X5 xDrive35i 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

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $39,110 vs $48,075 The Murano LE has a reasonable price, while the X5 xDrive35i 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 X5 xDrive35i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X5 xDrive35i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Murano LE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Murano LE's is very short

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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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 BMW Assist

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the Murano LE isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 130 ft The X5 xDrive35i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Murano LE is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Murano LE is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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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

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the Murano LE is OK, too
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 1072 lb vs 1290 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

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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i
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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2012 Volvo XC90 3.2 X5 xDrive35i vs XC90 3.2

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