2011 Nissan
Murano
vs. 2012 Kia
Sorento

2011 Nissan Murano

9.2

starting from

$47,200

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano

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

7.8

Runner-up

Kia Sorento

starting from

$22,050
"Drives well."
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"Elegantly simple dashboard layout."
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Reasons to buy the Kia Sorento

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Average cargo space
72.5 ft3
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Very inexpensive
$22,050
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Nissan Murano Winner: Murano
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano ; not available on the Sorento
  • Leather comes standard on the Murano ; the Sorento only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano 's power seats; not available on the Sorento
Cost 8.5 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sorento Winner: Sorento
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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 $25,150 cheaper (2.1x less), $22,050 vs $47,200
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.2 vs 7.8

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano 's power seats; not available on the Sorento
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Murano ; not available on the Sorento
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Murano ; the Sorento only offers cloth seats

Cost

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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MSRP $47,200 vs $22,050 The Sorento has a great price, but the Murano is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 20 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sorento 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Murano 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sorento 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Murano 's warranty is very limited

Performance

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 175 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Murano is of average power, but the Sorento is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 6 The Sorento has more gears, but the Murano has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 17.1 lb/hp vs 20.4 lb/hp The Murano has OK performance while the Sorento gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Murano has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.7 ft

Practicality

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Sorento has the usual number of seats, while the Murano has very few
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Cargo space 21.3 ft3 vs 72.5 ft3 The Sorento has OK cargo room, while the Murano has very little
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front seats Unknown vs 55.6 ft3
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Base payload capacity 831 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 Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the Sorento , but the Murano 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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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

Road Tests

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

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano
2011 Nissan Murano
2012 Kia Sorento Kia
Sorento
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Number of speakers 7 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 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes 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 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 SL 2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Murano SL vs Outback 3.6R
2011 Nissan Murano 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Murano vs Rogue SV
2011 Nissan Murano LE 2011 Mazda CX-7 s Touring Murano LE vs CX-7 s Touring
2012 Kia Sorento LX 2011 Kia Sportage LX Sorento LX vs Sportage LX
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sorento vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ Sorento SX vs Traverse LTZ
2012 Kia Sorento SX 2011 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring Sorento SX vs CX-9 Grand Touring
2012 Kia Sorento 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Sorento vs Outback 2.5i Limited

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.