2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2012 Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.9

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Average-sized front seats
57.6 ft3
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Roof rails
Standard
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Passenger power seats
Standard
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

9.8

starting from

$29,190

Reasons to buy the Nissan Altima 3.5 SR

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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
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Average highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Entertainment system
Optional
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The Murano LE has 1.5x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Winner: Altima 3.5 SR
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  • The best price we've seen is $9,920 cheaper (around 30% less), $29,190 vs $39,110
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg vs 18 mpg
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
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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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano LE's satellite radio; in the Altima 3.5 SR, too, but it'll cost
Overall 9.9 vs 9.8

Crash Test Ratings

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The Murano LE is 1.5x safer than the Altima 3.5 SR

Luxury Features

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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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 Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Murano LE

Cost

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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MSRP $39,110 vs $29,190 Both are priced reasonably
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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 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 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.5 seconds The Altima 3.5 SR has a good 0-60 time, but the Murano LE is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.0 s s @ 91.0 mph mph vs 14.9 s s @ 100.0 mph mph The Altima 3.5 SR's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Murano LE's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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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 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

Performance

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 270 HP @ 6,000 RPM Average power
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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 12.3 lb/hp The Altima 3.5 SR 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 Unknown

Practicality

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 540 miles The Altima 3.5 SR has good highway range and the Murano LE is reasonable
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 8.2 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the Altima 3.5 SR has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 49.3 ft3 The Murano LE has average-sized front seats, while the Altima 3.5 SR 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 Altima 3.5 SR cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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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

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2012 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR Nissan
Altima 3.5 SR
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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 Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano LE's satellite radio; in the Altima 3.5 SR, too, but it'll cost
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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 Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Altima 3.5 SR; but it's not available at all on the Murano LE

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