2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X

2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.6

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Average cargo space
64.5 ft3
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Average power
260 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Less safe for passengers in the rear in side collisions
4 stars
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

9.0

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Good highway fuel efficiency
27 mpg
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Very inexpensive
$21,220
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • The Murano LE's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Murano LE has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • Almost the same, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • The Forester 2.5X needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.4 ft vs 39.4 ft
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for more than 90% more stuff, 64.5 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Winner: Forester 2.5X
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  • The best price we've seen is $17,890 cheaper (around 50% less), $21,220 vs $39,110
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 18 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.3
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • The Murano LE has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Road Tests - vs 10.0
Missing information
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 Forester 2.5X
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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 Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Murano LE has more speakers, but the Forester 2.5X has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Murano LE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Forester 2.5X does not
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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 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 No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 170 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Forester 2.5X is underpowered
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Forester 2.5X has an OK number of gears, while the Murano LE has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
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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 19.1 lb/hp The Murano LE is a sporty car, but the Forester 2.5X is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Forester 2.5X has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.4 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 33.5 ft3 The Murano LE has OK cargo room, while the Forester 2.5X has very little
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 58.2 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has roomy front seats and the Murano LE is OK
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Base payload capacity 1,072 lb vs 1,230 lb Average towing capacity
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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 Forester 2.5X
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Forester 2.5X has an OK number of cupholders while the Murano LE has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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MSRP $39,110 vs $21,220 The Forester 2.5X 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 Forester 2.5X 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

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 4 The Murano LE has an OK number of airbags while the Forester 2.5X has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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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

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Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 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 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano LE
2011 Nissan Murano LE
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 9.1 seconds The Murano LE has a good 0-60 time, but the Forester 2.5X is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 134 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 17.0 s s @ 82.0 mph mph The Murano LE's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the Forester 2.5X's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.81 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs 125 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Forester 2.5X vs Rogue SV
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Forester 2.5X vs Legacy 2.5i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Forester 2.5X vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Subaru Tribeca Touring Forester 2.5X vs Tribeca Touring

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Ravi (2:47 AM, March 20, 2015)
Cargo space quoted for murano is with the rear seat down. while for forester is without the rear seat down. so the numbers are not accurate, please update them