Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Murano VS 2010 Lexus RX Near Atlanta, GA

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2010 Nissan Murano

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2010 Lexus RX

Safety Comparison

Both the Murano and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Murano’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Murano has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series’ standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 19.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the RX Series are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the RX Series:


RX Series

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano LE has standard 20 inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Murano’s wheelbase is 3.3 inches longer than on the RX Series (111.2 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

The Murano SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the RX 350 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Murano SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RX 450h AWD (28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Murano has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX 450h (7.4 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Murano to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Murano’s minimum ground clearance is .1 inch higher than on the RX 350 (7.4 vs. 7.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Murano may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Murano SL AWD is quieter than the RX 350 AWD:


RX Series

At idle

35 dB

42 dB


71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Murano has 7.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RX Series (108.8 vs. 100.9).

The Murano has 1 inch more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically raises the Murano SL/LE’s rear seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The RX Series doesn’t offer power folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

On a hot day the Murano’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the RX Series can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Murano’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The RX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $246 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the RX Series, including $245 less for a water pump, $15 less for front brake pads, $136 less for fuel injection, $207 less for a fuel pump and $101 less for front struts.

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