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Drivetrain

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door 18 25 $36,537 $39,075
AWD 4-Door 18 24 $37,846 $40,475
2WD 4-Door S
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Trim

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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - NA
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.2 21.7
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.8 38.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/60VR18 P235/65TR18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/60VR18 P235/65TR18
Spare Tire Size Compact T165/90D18
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 525
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4178 3889
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 18 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 270 @ 6200 260 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
Transmission
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
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
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
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Lexus RX 350 Nissan Murano
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.98
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs 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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