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Vehicle Comparisons:
2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

If you’re looking for the right midsize SUV, you certainly have your work cut out for you. In this 2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vehicle comparison, we’ll showcase what sets these two vehicle apart, so that drivers like you in the Philadelphia, Lansdale and Doylestown area can decide which one is right for you.

We’ll focus on engine power and performance, interior space, technological amenities, and safety. If you have questions about any of the information covered in this comparison, please contact us at Montgomeryville Nissan, and one of our automotive professionals will be happy to help you.

2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Power & Performance

The 2016 Nissan Murano features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces up to 260 horsepower and comes paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The standard engine of the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, on the other hand, is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder which generates only 190 horsepower and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The additional horsepower in the Nissan Murano helps the SUV provide quick acceleration for merging onto major roadways and passing slower-moving traffic. The CVT also helps improve responsiveness by combining the efficiency of a manual transmission with the ease-of-use of an automatic. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport does not have a CVT available.

In addition to providing more horsepower than the Santa Fe Sport, the Nissan Murano also achieves a better fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway mpg. The Santa Fe Sport on the other hand offers just 20 city/27 highway mpg of fuel economy.1 With the additional fuel economy, you could enjoy longer trips between fill-up and increased savings at the pump.

Nissan Murano & Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Interior Space

The interior of the 2016 Nissan Murano has a number of premium materials and provides an exceptionally quiet ride thanks to its superb sound insulation. The dashboard has an intuitive layout which makes it easy to find the features you’re looking for.

Cloth upholstery is standard for both vehicles along with seating for up to five passengers, ; however, the Nissan Murano does offer slightly more in terms of total passenger volume. At 108.1 cubic feet, compared to 108 cubic feet in the Santa Fe Sport, the 2016 Murano manages to offer additional passenger room.

The Nissan Murano also manages to offer more cargo room standard behind the second row. Therefore, you could seat all five passengers and still have 39.6 cubic feet of cargo room for transporting your camping gear, sporting equipment or groceries. Meanwhile, the base trim of the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport offers just 35.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row.

Technology and Entertainment

Both the 2016 Nissan Murano and the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport feature a six-speaker audio system with an AM/FM stereo, in addition to auxiliary inputs for your external media devices. You’ll also receive Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity as well as a useful trip computer for measuring miles driven, fuel usage and monitoring tire pressure.

The 2016 Nissan Murano comes with a standard seven-inch touchscreen display for controlling the audio system as well as other features; however, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport only offers an optional touchscreen, and it’s only 4.3-inches in size. The smaller screen size could make it difficult to find and select the features you’re looking for.

Available technology features in the Nissan Murano include an 11-speaker BOSE audio system, HD radio and a 360-degree camera system. This advanced camera gives you a bird’s-eye view of the Nissan Murano so that you can navigate tight parking spaces and other difficult driving situations with greater ease and safety.

2016 Safety Features

The 2016 Nissan Murano and the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport each feature a four-wheel anti-lock braking system with stability and traction control as well as a rearview camera; however, the rearview camera is only optional in the Santa Fe Sport. It comes standard in the Nissan Murano.

In terms of collision protection, both SUVs feature front and rear airbags, plus dual front-side-mounted airbags.

Both vehicles have similar features added for security. The Nissan Murano features an engine immobilizer, which prevents the car from being started without the specific ignition key. This features helps prevent thieves from stealing your Nissan Murano. This security element is not featured on the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

The 2016 Nissan Murano was also named a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – the organization’s highest honor. According to their website, “To qualify for 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.”

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport did not receive any special designation from the IIHS, mainly due to its “marginal” rating in small overlap front crashworthiness tests. Marginal is only one level above the scale’s lowest rating of “Poor.” Also, the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport does not offer any available front crash prevention features.

2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport?

In this vehicle comparison, you learned that not only does the Nissan Murano have better fuel economy and engine power, but it also offers more space for its passengers and received a higher safety rating by the IIHS than the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. However, if you want to be sure that the Nissan Murano is right for you, you’ll need to get behind the wheel and try it for yourself.

To schedule a test drive with the 2016 Nissan Murano, contact us today at Montgomeryville Nissan – Proudly serving drivers like you in the Philadelphia, Lansdale and Doylestown area. Our team of automotive professionals will be happy to help you learn more about all the standard and available features of the 2016 Nissan Murano.

1 2016 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison purposes only.