Compare 2012 Nissan Murano vs 2012 Lexus RX 350

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