While they are built on versatility and a go-anywhere attitude, the modern SUV doesn’t have to be as rough-and-tumble as the ones of previous generations. There’s plenty of room for refinement, and the average driver deserves to have luxury touches mixed in with their useful cargo spaces, available four-wheel drive, and spacious seating.
Even though it has dropped the “Sport” name, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is still plenty sporty. Sleek and athletic, it has a great look that will have drivers doing a double-take when they see the Hyundai badge. The Nissan Murano has been Nissan’s take on bringing “sport” back into the SUV category, providing a strong engine and performance handling on a small platform. Both of these dynamic vehicles are leaders when you’re looking for an SUV that’s fun to drive – but which is the best fit for the drivers of Hamburg and Reading?
Does the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Nissan Murano have a more powerful engine?
The Nissan Murano uses tried-and-true power to bring the sportiness, with a thirsty 3.5-liter V6 engine. Producing 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, it’s a little old-fashioned. Paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), it might take some getting used to as it doesn’t have the traditional shift points most drivers are accustomed to. The CVT is necessary though, as it helps to keep fuel efficiency at a decent level – the Murano gets 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.
However, it’s the Hyundai that provides refinement and responsibility at the same time. The base 2.4-liter engine produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque, and is a bit softer than the big V6 while still providing responsive power. With a smart 8-speed automatic featuring SHIFTRONIC technology, as well as Drive Mode Select, it can get up to 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.
Opting for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the Hyundai Santa Fe opens up a world of fun. With 235 horsepower on tap, there’s great cruising ability, but it’s the 260 lb-ft of torque that is the real joy, providing incredible acceleration and the ability to merge into busy Allentown traffic. Both the base engine and the turbocharged unit come with front-wheel drive as standard, although the available four-wheel drive will help you navigate the hilly, snowy terrain of Hamburg in the winters.
If you want to tow things, from snowmobiles to campers, you’ll want to opt for the Santa Fe as well. That V6 engine in the Murano may sound powerful, but it can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. The Santa Fe can tow up to 2,000 pounds with the 2.4-liter, or up to 3,500 pounds with the 2.0-liter turbo. If you want to haul, there’s no second guessing.
Which SUV has better Safety Features, the Hyundai Santa Fe or Nissan Murano?
Nothing is more important than being safe on the roads of Reading,
It’s not just safety in motion that is important either, which is why the Santa Fe provides standard Rear Occupant Alert on all but the bottom two trim levels of the new Santa Fe. Tragically, children as well as pets die every year from being left in hot cars, often because parents have forgotten that their child has fallen asleep in the rear seat. This feature senses movement in the rear seats and alerts the driver to check the rear seats when leaving the vehicle.
If the driver leaves the vehicle and movement is still detected, the vehicle reacts, honking the horn, flashing the lights, and sending an alert to the driver’s smartphone through the Blue Link system. This signals the driver they need to return to the vehicle ASAP. It’s something that Nissan doesn’t offer on the Murano.
That’s not the only safety that the Santa Fe delivers on. While the Murano doesn’t offer Blind Spot Warning on the base trim level, the team at Hyundai felt this was too important to leave off. Every Hyundai Santa Fe is equipped with Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist with rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, helping to make the parking lots of Allentown safer.
Does the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Nissan Murano have more Interior Space?
In the end, an SUV still needs to be roomy and versatile. All the other bells and whistles don’t matter – if it doesn’t have a spacious and flexible interior, you may as well go check out a midsize sedan.
That’s where the Nissan Murano’s biggest failing is. Passenger space isn’t all that much better than a midsize sedan, especially in the second row where there is only 38.7 inches of leg room and 55.2 inches of hip room. Sure, that’s enough for a full-size adult on short errands around Hamburg, but on longer trips it’ll be a squeeze.
The Hyundai Santa Fe offers more room up front, in the second row, and for cargo over the Murano. There’s an extra 1.3 inches of head room and 3.6 inches of leg room in the first row of the Santa Fe. The seats are wider and more supportive up front as well, offering 57.5 inches of hip room over the 55.4 inches in the Murano. In the second row, passengers get 40.9 inches of leg room and 56.3 inches of hip room.
The Santa Fe is easier to get cargo into as well. Going camping in the summer time, maybe taking a family trip to Knoebel’s? You’ll appreciate the 35.9 cubic feet of space behind the second row, 3.8 cubic feet more than in the Murano. If you’ve got to move a child into college down in Reading or up in Allentown, the available maximum space in the Santa Fe will let them bring an extra 4.3 cubic feet of stuff, whether it’s all shoes, an extra gaming system, or a nice big TV for all that “studying”.
Which SUV keeps me better connected, the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Nissan Murano?
The Hyundai Santa Fe’s Blue Link advantage is hard to surpass. Standard on all but the base model, the Blue Link Telematics, Blue Link Connected Care, and Blue Link Remote packages keep you connected with your vehicle, and make it part of your life. You’ll never forget where you were parked, you’ll never forget when it is time for service, and you’ll be able to get your Santa Fe started up in the frigid Hamburg winters and get the heat going long before you walk out the door.
The Murano offers a mixed bag of some of the features that Blue Link provides, available on some of their trim levels, but nothing as comprehensive or as convenient.
Is the Hyundai Santa Fe or the Nissan Murano more reliable?
For the ninth straight year, Hyundai was named #1 in customer loyalty according to the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. That’s thanks to the peace of mind Hyundai provides by always being by your side. The Santa Fe comes with five years and an unlimited amount of miles of 24-hour roadside assistance. The Murano only gives you 3 years or 36,000 miles. The new-vehicle warranty on the Murano is for 3 years or 36,000 miles, with the powertrain covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. The Santa Fe, on the other hand, provides a new-vehicle warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles.
Why wouldn’t you go with the company that puts its money where its mouth is, and backs up its vehicles with lengthy, ironclad warranties?
At Freedom Hyundai of Hamburg, we think that even though the Nissan Murano can make a strong case for itself, the Hyundai Santa Fe is the clear winner in a head-to-head match-up. While they both have features that the folks of Reading, Hamburg, and the rest of Berks County will find helpful, the Santa Fe provides more, at a lower price point – and we know how our neighbors love great values! So stop in to Freedom Hyundai of Hamburg and check out our new Santa Fe models today!