2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento LX

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.3

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Average power
260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Keyless entry
Standard
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Fast 0-60 time
7.6 seconds
2012 Kia Sorento LX

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento LX

starting from

$26,150
"Drives well."
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"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
edmunds.com | talking about the Sorento's controls

Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento LX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano LE; not available on the Sorento LX
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats
Cost 8.6 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento LX Winner: Sorento LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $12,960 cheaper (more than 30% less), $26,150 vs $39,110
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.3 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 Sorento LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano LE; not available on the Sorento LX
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Murano LE; the Sorento LX only offers cloth seats

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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MSRP $39,110 vs $26,150 The Sorento LX has a great price and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 21 mpg The Sorento LX has great city mileage and the Murano LE is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Murano LE's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Murano LE's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Murano LE can accelerate to 60mph quickly, but the Sorento LX is pretty bad
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 140 ft The Murano LE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Sorento LX is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph The Murano LE's 1/4 mile time is good, but the Sorento LX's is below average for this class of vehicle
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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 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 6 The Sorento LX has a good number of airbags, but the Murano LE is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 191 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Sorento LX is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sorento LX has more gears, but the Murano LE has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Sorento LX'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 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 20.6 lb/hp The Murano LE is a sporty car, but the Sorento LX is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Sorento LX has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 35.7 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The Sorento LX has lots of passenger seats and the Murano LE is OK, too
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 1072 lb vs Unknown
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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 Not Available The Murano LE offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Sorento LX
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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 Kia Sorento LX Kia
Sorento LX
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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 Infiniti FX35 Murano LE vs FX35
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Nissan Murano S Sorento LX vs Murano S
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Nissan Murano SV Sorento LX vs Murano SV
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Nissan Murano SL Sorento LX vs Murano SL

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Cchisvo (6:50 PM, April 10, 2012)
thanks for the good comparison. I have always wondered about the Sorento as I am a proud owner of the Murano 2006 SE, lovely car. Efficient too.