Compare 2009 Nissan Murano vs 2009 Lexus RX 350

2009 Nissan Murano
2009 Lexus RX 350
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2WD 4-Door S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door S 18 23 $25,504 $27,680
2WD 4-Door SL 18 23 $26,930 $29,230
AWD 4-Door S 18 23 $26,975 $29,280
AWD 4-Door SL 18 23 $28,401 $30,830
AWD 4-Door LE 18 23 $34,315 $37,260
FWD 4-Door
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,504
$33,742
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,680
$37,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$461 / month
$628 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior. The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
108.6 102.5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 39.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 57.9
Second Head Room (in)
39.4 38.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
67.0 66.1
Liftover Height (in)
30.8 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.4 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.2 106.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.1 72.6
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.4 7.1
Length, Overall (in)
188.5 186.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31.8 38.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
64.5 84.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
NA - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 x 0.6 11.3 x - TBD -
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)
12.6 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
21.7 19.2
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.19 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
39.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T165/90D18 225/65SR17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65TR18 225/65SR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65TR18 225/65SR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3855 3870
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x - TBD - 17 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4400 251 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
VQ35 NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
265 @ 6000 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.52
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
Automatic (CVT) NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 3.29
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 4.24
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Murano Lexus RX 350
Body Style
4 Door Utility 4-Door SUV
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.98 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5

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