2011 Nissan
Murano
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 Premium

2011 Nissan Murano

9.7

starting from

$47,200

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Quite expensive
$47,200
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Has a subwoofer
2012 BMW X5 Premium

9.7

starting from

$55,675
"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 Premium

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Average cargo space
75.2 ft3
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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
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 BMW X5 Premium Winner: X5 Premium
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 Premium's standard sun roof
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Nissan Murano Winner: Murano
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  • The Murano 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Murano 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano 's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Nissan Murano Winner: Murano
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,475 cheaper (around 20% less), $47,200 vs $55,675
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Practicality - vs -
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  • The Murano 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X5 Premium
  • Limited number of cupholders
Road Tests - vs -
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  • The X5 Premium's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Murano is pretty good, too
  • The X5 Premium has lightning fast acceleration, and the Murano isn't bad, either
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the X5 Premium'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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Entertainment System

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Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Number of speakers 7 vs 10 The X5 Premium has more speakers and the Murano is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Murano 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the X5 Premium does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano 's satellite radio; in the X5 Premium, too, but it'll cost
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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 Yes vs No The Murano 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 X5 Premium; but it's not available at all on the Murano

Cost

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Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
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MSRP $47,200 vs $55,675 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Murano has OK city mileage, while the X5 Premium is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X5 Premium's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Murano 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X5 Premium's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Murano 's is very short

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
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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

Practicality

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
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Passengers 4 vs 7 The X5 Premium has lots of passenger seats, but the Murano has very few
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Cargo space 21.3 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 The X5 Premium has OK cargo room, while the Murano has very little
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front seats Unknown vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 831 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 Standard vs Optional The Murano 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the X5 Premium
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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

Road Tests

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

Performance

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 BMW X5 Premium BMW
X5 Premium
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM The X5 Premium is fairly powerful, but the Murano is not far behind
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 8 The X5 Premium has an extraordinary amount of gears, but the Murano has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the X5 Premium's semi-automatic transmission and the Murano 's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The X5 Premium comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The X5 Premium's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.1 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 42.0 ft

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Honda CR-V EX Murano SL vs CR-V EX
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Infiniti FX35 Murano LE vs FX35
2011 Nissan Murano 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Murano vs Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Murano SL 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Murano SL vs Outback 3.6R
2011 Nissan Murano 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Murano vs RAV4 Limited
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 Premium Placeholder X5 Premium vs Q5 Premium Plus
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Acura MDX X5 xDrive35i vs MDX
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i
2012 BMW X5 M 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 X5 M vs GLK350

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