2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Si

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.4

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Good range in the city
391 miles
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Average-sized back seats
47.0 ft3
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Roof rails
Standard
2012 Honda Civic Si

9.2

Runner-up

Honda Civic Si

starting from

$22,975
"A model of simplicity."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's stereo
"Slick shifter."
edmunds.com | talking about the Civic's transmission

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Si

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Average number of gears
6
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Good highway fuel efficiency
31 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
22 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$22,975
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Civic Si only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano LE's power seats; not available on the Civic Si
Performance 8.4 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The Civic Si needs more than 10% less space to turn, 35.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
  • The Civic Si's power-to-weight ratio is around 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.3 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp
Entertainment System 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The Civic Si's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.6
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 Civic Si cannot be configured with them at any price
  • The Murano LE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Civic Si
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 499 miles vs 409 miles
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Murano LE; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Si Winner: Civic Si
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  • The best price we've seen is $16,135 cheaper (more than 40% less), $22,975 vs $39,110
  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Civic Si
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Civic Si only offers cloth seats

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 201 HP @ 7,000 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Civic Si is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Civic Si 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 14.3 lb/hp The Civic Si 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 35.4 ft The Civic Si can make tight turns, and the Murano LE is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Number of speakers 9 vs 7 The Murano LE has more speakers and the Civic Si is OK, too
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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 Civic Si has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 409 miles The Murano LE has OK highway range, but the Civic Si is very limited
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the Civic Si has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The Murano LE has average-sized front seats, while the Civic Si 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 Civic Si 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 Civic Si
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK 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
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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 Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Murano LE; optional upgrade on the Civic Si
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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MSRP $39,110 vs $22,975 The Civic Si has a great price and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 22 mpg The Civic Si has great city mileage and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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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

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs Unknown
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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
2012 Honda Civic Si Honda
Civic Si
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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

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Infiniti FX35 Murano LE vs FX35
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Civic Si vs Lancer GTS
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX
2012 Honda Civic Si 2012 Audi A3 Premium Civic Si vs A3 Premium
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight

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