2011 Nissan
Murano SL
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 3.6R

2011 Nissan Murano SL

9.7

starting from

$37,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano SL

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Power locks
Standard
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Moon roof
Standard
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Leather
Standard
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R

9.3

starting from

$28,920

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 3.6R

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Average number of gears
5
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Less safe for the front passenger in head-on collisions
4 stars
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano SL's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Murano SL; the Outback 3.6R only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano SL's power seats; not available on the Outback 3.6R
Performance 8.0 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Winner: Outback 3.6R
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  • The Outback 3.6R comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano SL
  • The Outback 3.6R has 5 more gears, which can improve performance, 5 vs Continuously variable
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Murano SL's satellite radio
  • The Murano SL's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Murano SL has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 9 vs 4
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Nissan Murano SL Winner: Murano SL
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  • The Murano SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Outback 3.6R
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 499 miles vs 463 miles
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Winner: Outback 3.6R
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  • The best price we've seen is $8,290 cheaper (more than 20% less), $28,920 vs $37,210
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • 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 9.7 vs 9.3

Luxury Features

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano SL's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Murano SL's power seats; not available on the Outback 3.6R
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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 SL; the Outback 3.6R only offers cloth seats

Performance

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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Horsepower 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 256 HP @ 6,600 RPM Average power
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Number of gears Continuously variable vs 5 The Outback 3.6R has an OK number of gears, while the Murano SL has very few
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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 Standard The Outback 3.6R comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano SL
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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 15.4 lb/hp vs 13.8 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Outback 3.6R has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 ft vs 36.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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Number of speakers 9 vs 4 The Murano SL has more speakers, but the Outback 3.6R has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Murano SL's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Outback 3.6R 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 SL'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

Practicality

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 463 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 64.5 ft3 vs 71.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 57.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Standard Both come standard with roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Murano SL offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Outback 3.6R
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The Outback 3.6R has a good number of cupholders, but the Murano SL is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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MSRP $37,210 vs $28,920 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 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

Safety Features

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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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 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

Crash Test Ratings

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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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 5 stars OK protection, 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Road Tests

Nissan
Murano SL
2011 Nissan Murano SL
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Subaru
Outback 3.6R
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 7.5 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 131 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 91 mph vs 15.5 s @ 90 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.74 g
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Top speed 118 mph vs 142 mph The Outback 3.6R can hit high speeds, but the Murano SL cannot

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