Last post on Mar 06, 2007 at 11:47 AM
You are in the SUVs
What is this discussion about?
Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7, SUV
#13 of 42 Re: Murano vs. CX-7 [ctx]
Mar 09, 2006 (6:25 pm)
Let's make that "months".
#14 of 42 Re: Murano vs. CX-7 [ctx]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 09, 2006 (7:05 pm)
Just so you know, after posting, you may edit your post for 30 minutes.
#15 of 42 Want to buy a Murano but...
Mar 12, 2006 (6:48 pm)
I began salivating over the Murano last year after 10+ years of driving a tiny 2 seater finally got to me ( a “paid for” two seater.. but a two seater none the less). A few months back I noticed the intro of Mazda’s CX-7. I did a decision-matrix between the two of them. For now it’s not looking good for the Murano so I hope someone here can help me see the light and change my mind. Here is what I came up with as the major deciding factors (all else being equal between the cars or not important to me). Feel free to chip in if I appear at all ignorant:
1. Price - Based on MSRP, the CX-7 was 5 grand less than the comparably equipped Murano. Murano was 36909 with Touring pkg, Navigation and Dynamic Stability Control, CX-7 is 31,040 – same options. I do realize the Murano probably will not sell at MSRP.. obviously no data on the CX-7.
2. Warranty – CX-7 is 48 mo/50K miles. Murano is 36 mo/36K miles.
3. Transmission – I’m not a huge fan of CVT so CX-7 wins (for now..)
4. Time on market – Murano wins here. Had plenty of time to work the kinks out. I know how the first years are..
5. Looks – I’m tending towards the Murano.
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I currently own a Mazda.. please help me back to the dark side.
Mar 14, 2006 (8:27 am)
Ok right off the bat I have no affiliation with GM. It just happens my initials make their name. I have owned Ford in the past and was happy with my purchase. (1990 Ford Ranger XLT 4x2 v6 with a 5 speed manual) Since then I have only owned GM....mostly due to a poor dealership in town for FORD. But, the 2007 Edge is a very intirguing vehicle to me. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the vehicle so that I may test drive one myself. The features list is impressive and the styling is exceptional. I feel that this is the first mid-size suv that actually looks masculine and aggressive. The Trailblazer is a very nice vehicle, but looks more like a jacked up minivan. My cousin works for Visteon Corporation and the salesman here in town thinks that I would qualify for an x plan. I am somewhat skeptical since I thought Ford sold off Visteon or at least severed ties with the workers. Anybody have info on this subject? If this is the future of ford I say keep it coming, it is about time. I just hope the pricing is respectable. With foreign competition flooding the market with affordable products.
#17 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [ctx]
Mar 15, 2006 (10:29 pm)
Why you are against the CVT? If you are afraid of not having enough acceleration, don't. For a relatively heavy vehicle, the Murano gets up on the interstate just as quick as my little Celica did. And the CVT helps a lot in gas mileage. I run on regular gas and get normally 20-22 mpg in mixed highway and town driving. During a period of mostly highway driving I averaged about 24.5 mpg. Not too shabby for a car that size.
#18 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [kbear2]
Mar 16, 2006 (5:53 pm)
I guess I'll have to drive the CX-7 to do an accurate comparison for that type of vehicle (CVT vs non-CVT). Again I have driven a very tiny sports car (manual) so the smoothness might just have to be a thing I get used to.
#19 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [ctx]
Mar 26, 2006 (8:39 pm)
I am really considering a Saturn Outlook, a Ford Edge, or a Mazda CX-7 for my next vehicle. This market is getting very very interesting. THe Saturn offers luxury and style. THe Fod offers a BOAT load of style and that's pretty much it, the Mazda is a performer with a great price tag that offers a good amount of everything. Can't wait to see the Outlook at NY auto show and see pricing.
#20 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [driverdm]
Apr 17, 2006 (5:09 pm)
Between the three, I'd go for the Mazda. The Ford doesn't appeal to me at all with its styling, though; I don't got for the Gilette look. that's just one dinky ole opinion though!
#21 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [ctx]
Apr 21, 2006 (7:52 am)
The styling's a little quirky, but a nicely put together vehicle is the Subaru B9 Tribeca. It's a bit larger than the CX-7, but comes with more standard features and has a sharp interior. Also more room and a 7-seat option that's nicely executed such that the 3rd row folds flat into the rear floor as if it was never there. 5 yr 60K powertrain warranty as well. Having read through the forums, there doesn't seem to be any reliability issues. Subie's 250hp boxer engine has been around for a while. A fully loaded 7 seater B9 with Nav MSRPs for about $36K, and can be had for at least $3-$4K lower than that- so a competitive price to the field. Probably doesn't handle quite as well as the CX-7, but still pretty good, and more utilitarian (without looking that way).
#22 of 42 Re: Want to buy a Murano but... [morey000]
Apr 21, 2006 (6:57 pm)
I'd take a CX-9 over the Tribeca. The problem with the Chewbacca is that I can't look at it. That is a big problem.