Compare 2012 Lexus RX 350 vs 2012 Nissan Murano

2012 Lexus RX 350
2012 Nissan Murano
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2WD 4-Door S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door S 18 24 $27,601 $29,960
AWD 4-Door S 18 23 $29,073 $31,560
2WD 4-Door SV 18 24 $30,884 $33,530
AWD 4-Door SV 18 23 $32,355 $35,130
2WD 4-Door SL 18 24 $34,286 $37,230
AWD 4-Door SL 18 23 $35,758 $38,830
2WD 4-Door LE 18 24 $35,878 $38,960
AWD 4-Door LE 18 23 $37,349 $40,560
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,537
$27,601
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,075
$29,960
Monthly Payment Estimate
$651 / month
$499 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
A safe luxury-crossover choice for many good reasons, the 2012 Lexus RX 350 offers a serene driving experience and lots of cool tech features. It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 39.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 43.6
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 54.8
Second Leg Room (in)
36.8 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.9 108.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 55.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 59.6
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 7.4
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 189.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 63.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 111.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 74.1
Track Width, Front (in)
64.2 63.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 29.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
40.0 31.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 54.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 32.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 64.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 21.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 38.1
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 39.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.8 18.5
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P235/65TR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/90D18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60VR18 P235/65TR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4178 3889
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
270 @ 6200 260 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4700 240 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.40 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 2.37-0.43
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Lexus RX 350 Nissan Murano
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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