2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic Hybrid

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.7

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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OK brakes
Disc
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OK performance
15.6 lb/hp
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Average power
260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Roof rails
Standard
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

8.9

Runner-up

Honda Civic Hybrid

starting from

$27,520
"Civic Hybrid takes bumps in stride, with good absorbency and little float or wallow."
consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com | talking about the Civic's handling
"The seats astutely blend support and comfort."
consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com | talking about the Civic's seating

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic Hybrid

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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
44 mpg
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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
44 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
581 miles
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Winner: Civic Hybrid
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  • Gets around 2.5x more miles per gallon in the city, 44 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,590 cheaper (around 30% less), $27,520 vs $39,110
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Fewer gears
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The Civic Hybrid's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Murano LE
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.7 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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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 Civic Hybrid
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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

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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MSRP $39,110 vs $27,520 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 44 mpg The Civic Hybrid gets great city mileage, and the Murano LE gets OK mileage
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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 Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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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 s @ 91.0 mph mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Murano LE has good brakes for high-performance driving
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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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 LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 110 HP @ 5,500 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Civic Hybrid is underpowered
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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 Unknown
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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 26.1 lb/hp The Murano LE has OK performance while the Civic Hybrid 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 35.4 ft The Civic Hybrid can make tight turns, and the Murano LE is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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Murano LE
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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 581 miles The Civic Hybrid has good highway range and the Murano LE is reasonable
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 10.7 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the Civic Hybrid has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 53.7 ft3 The Murano LE has average-sized front seats, while the Civic Hybrid is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Murano LE's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Civic Hybrid
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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 Hybrid cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The Civic Hybrid's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Murano LE
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Honda
Civic Hybrid
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Number of speakers 9 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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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 Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Honda Fit Civic DX vs Fit
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 MINI Cooper Civic Si vs Cooper
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Nissan Versa SL Civic DX vs Versa SL

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