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Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, Subaru B9 Tribeca, Honda Pilot, Acura MDX, Volkswagen Touareg, SUV
#1 of 800 Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca
May 22, 2005 (12:42 pm)
I am currently checking out the above mentioned mid size sub 40K SUVs. I was surprised not to find a comparison of the Highlander and Murano and thought I would add the new Tribeca too.
I am looking for Sat Nav as a very important feature all three cars have it available though at the high end scale.
I am looking for advice and ideas that I'm sure others have considered before me. Thanks in advance.
#2 of 800 Re: Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca [osta]
May 22, 2005 (4:01 pm)
When the smoke clears it basically comes down to 5 things:
1. - Gas Mileage - Murano is the best unless you go for a Highlander hybrid.
2. - Features - the Tribeca gives you a lot of features standard that you need to upgrade to get in the other models. You need Nav so that's not really an issue
3, - Space - Tribeca wins here but not by much..
4.- Drive it - which ever you like better wins - they are all good cars.
5. - The dealer - A reputable dealer is the most important thing to me! I'm in NJ and the highway dealers are mostly crooks - They treat you like cattle.
The Tribeca has the lowest center of gravity of the 3 with the largest wheels (w/4 wheel vented disc brakes) on paper it should be more stable on the road. Again you need to drive it and wait for reviews to come out.
I have a 2001 base Forester and it handles like a cheetah. very surefooted. For me it's Subaru.
#3 of 800 Re: Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca [osta]
May 22, 2005 (5:56 pm)
I just bought the Murano last week and I really wanted the Nav system but decided against it because they are making some very nice portable car units (Magellan 700, Garmin 26xx?, Tom Tom) that are a lot cheaper; you can take from one car to another, or take with you on vacation when you rent a car.
Mike G., Phoenix
#4 of 800 Re: Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca [mikegia5]
May 22, 2005 (7:27 pm)
I completely agree with mike on NAV.
I just bought the Garmin c330, it is better than any in-car NAV. It is simply amazing, the accuracy, easy of use, portability.
#5 of 800 Re: Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca [cpp788x]
May 22, 2005 (9:41 pm)
I think the Murano would win on features. There are some features that you simply cannot get on the Tribeca -- memory seats, power exit, tilt & telescoping steering wheel, auto up/down power windows, power adjustable pedals, Smart Key, upgraded Bose stereo. These are all useful features standard on the SE. Plus, if you order the nav and DVD, it comes with rearview monitor, which I'm not sure if it is available on the Tribeca.
Also I would expect the Murano to be faster, since it has a decided torque advantage.
I think styling is a draw, each has it's own love-it-or-hate-it front end.
#6 of 800 my thoughts
May 23, 2005 (2:30 am)
I currently have a pocket PC Bluetooth based GPS system which works well and I will continue to use that for travel, I have used it in both the USA and European travel. What I want to get away from is all the cords and plugs I have running all over the place between the GPS, ipod and portable Sirrus radio.
The Murano solves all those problems quite easily. But I love the "classic styling" of the Highlander, when I see a silver or gold one drive by my heart goes pitterpat. I currently have a 2001 Outback and I still do like the Subaru. The Tribeca and the Murano have such modern styling I'm not 100% sure I'm comfortable with for the next 3-5 years, though perhaps the Highlander will look real old in that same 3-5 years, a Toyota dealer showed me the prototype Highlander 2007 and it looks more like the Murano and Tribeca than the current Highlander.
I'm still investigating pricing but it seems the Murano and Tribeca MSRPs would be about 2-3k more than the Highlander but I'm not quite sure what actual deals can be negotiated. I would think it would be hardest for the brand new Tribeca though we have bought 2 Subarus fron the same dealer and are happy doing business there.
#7 of 800 Murano vs. B9x vs Highlander
May 23, 2005 (5:52 am)
Funny thing - when I first saw pics of the B9X, I thought it looked a lot like the Murano, except for the front end.
I've only looked at the B9X brochure so I can't really comment on it, other than it has a nice lookin interior, but I don't like the exterior at (especially the front end).
I've driven a Highlander and the ride was very sedan like. Interior was typical Toyota - simple and functional. To me, it was a bland vehicle, not an exciting ride.
I ended up getting a Murano. Ride is more sports-car like - very smooth ride, but if you push it, it responds like a sports car. It did take me a while to get used to the exterior before I considered it. Compared to the B9x and the Highlander, you get a lot of equipment - Bose 6 disc CD, HID lamps, Moonroof, power front/heated seats, auto climate control,etc. Also standard that few vehicles have are:
reclining rear seats, power adjustable pedals, CVT (which is so smooth)
And like bodbl3 mentioned, birds-eye NAV, smartkey, and a rear backup monitor are available.
Test drive them all, and your instincts will decide for you. Good luck!
May 23, 2005 (5:56 am)
Why is the Pilot not included in this comparison title?
#9 of 800 Re: Hmmm... [rsholland]...Pilot
May 23, 2005 (6:14 am)
The ones I listed were the three I'm currently looking at. I guess the Honda Pilot is in the same category and there are probably several other vehicles that fit too. I'm interested in other comparisons as well.