2011 Nissan
Murano LE
vs. 2011 Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited

2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

9.8

starting from

$29,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Good highway fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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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
2011 Nissan Murano LE

9.6

Runner-up

Nissan Murano LE

starting from

$39,110

Reasons to buy the Nissan Murano LE

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Power locks
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.6 seconds
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.0 s @ 91 mph
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OK performance
15.6 lb/hp
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.3
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Murano LE
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Murano LE Winner: Murano LE
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano LE
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive
  • The Outback 2.5i Limited needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.8 ft vs 39.4 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 22 mpg vs 18 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,890 cheaper (around 30% less), $29,220 vs $39,110
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Winner: Outback 2.5i Limited
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  • The Outback 2.5i Limited has 4 more cupholders, 8 vs 4
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 537 miles vs 499 miles
  • Room for more than 10% more stuff, 71.3 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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Number of speakers 9 vs 9 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Murano LE's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Outback 2.5i Limited does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with 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 Yes vs No The Outback 2.5i Limited has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Outback 2.5i Limited; but it's not available at all on the Murano LE

Luxury Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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moon roof Not Available vs Standard Enjoy additional natural light with the Murano LE's standard sun roof
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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Horsepower 170 HP @ 5,600 RPM vs 260 HP @ 6,000 RPM The Murano LE is of average power, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is underpowered
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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 Standard vs Not Available The Outback 2.5i Limited comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Murano LE
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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 21.0 lb/hp vs 15.6 lb/hp The Murano LE has OK performance while the Outback 2.5i Limited gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.8 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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MSRP $29,220 vs $39,110 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 18 mpg The Outback 2.5i Limited 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

Practicality

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 537 miles vs 499 miles The Outback 2.5i Limited has good highway range and the Murano LE is reasonable
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Cargo space 71.3 ft3 vs 64.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 57.2 ft3 vs 57.6 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 Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Outback 2.5i Limited has a good number of cupholders, but the Murano LE is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Outback 2.5i Limited
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2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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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

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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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

Subaru
Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Nissan Murano LE Nissan
Murano LE
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 7.6 seconds The Murano LE's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Outback 2.5i Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 18.2 s @ 79 mph vs 16.0 s @ 91 mph The Murano LE's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Outback 2.5i Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.78 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 123 mph vs 118 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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