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Nissan Murano vs Toyota Highlander vs Subaru B9 Tribeca vs Honda Pilot



  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    The scroll button on MDX is a turning knob. You can use it to scroll around the map smoothly just like you do with the scroll button on your PC mouse. A little bit easier to use than the tap method, IMO.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That would be neat.

    How big is the screen, though? I'm sure there are pros and cons.

  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    Screen is about the same size although I didn't exactly measure them.
  • nikol0010nikol0010 Posts: 2
    ">Okay I test drove the Murano today and the Highlander, and it's hands down the highlander. In the Murano I felt clastrophobic and the back side mirror is practically nonexistent. The seats in the Highlander limited are very comfortable which is important as well. The 2005 highlander is very stylish too. It's a very classy car that seems so much bigger and uncramped.
    Before today I had no idea which one I liked better. I was really considering the Murano because I thought it had a sporty look, but the highlander proved itself!
  • nikol0010nikol0010 Posts: 2
    correction....the back side window is nonexistent
  • kflkfl Posts: 22
    I have read many comments about all these SUV's and I am totally stumped. I have driven them all, and need some help in deciding. There is something I like about all of them. I put in the ???? because maybe there is something out there that is also great. I am not interested in a Highlander, boring, and gets very pricey. Lexus is much better in my book.

    With all the discounts available with Ford, GM and there anything decent out there. The Equinox was 'ok', but has a cheap interior and a rough ride and lots of wind noise.

    Need a little guidance....any experts out there...

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You've been objective so far. Time to get subjective.

    Which one brought you the biggest smile behind the wheel? Where were you most comfortable? Which one do you miss the most, and remember the most?

    They are all competitive products, so go with your gut. You can't go wrong if you pick the one that makes you the happiest, no matter what anyone here might say.

  • delewisdelewis Posts: 10
    Did you ever get the backup sensors installed? If so, ho does it look? Was it something the dealer stocks, or was he going outside to get them?

  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    reposting this from another thread as its also if not more so appropriate here:

    I've had my Satin White Pearl 7-pass. limited with Desert Beige Leather B9 Tribeca, with DVD, NAV, puddle lights, cool dbl beige pin stripe to match the interior, and almost every other option including splash guards which I got a few weeks ago so surprised that some dealers still dont have.

    I am basically totally happy with it in all regards inlcuding trim and options i picked (the rear audio inputs for mp3 player has been great) as well as rear ac vents I've noticed has really help make the diff in this hot and humid whether we've been having.

    My only major complaints right now are having to put in 93 octane guess with prices above $2.50/gallon and the fact that the B9 still doesn't seem to have enough torque especially for off the line and 0-60. Though it has 10 more hp then my previous suv did (Pathfinder) and its usually fast enough for passing etc and maneuvering around, in fact for the most part it is very sporty and fast but just could use more from a stopped position.

    Someone said everyone must be drag racing. but in stop and go traffic and neighborhood driving 0-60 and off the line is the most important thing and a few times I've put teh pedal to the floor to merge in somewhere and just didn't seem to be quick enough or have enough torque or power. My pathfinder even had a 3.5l engine, why only the 3.0 in the Beca?

    So basically i could use a little faster engine. I wonder if they ever come out with an sti, xt, gt or otherwise turbo version they could replace the engine but i doubt it and you would have to buy the whole new vehicle which is another concern to me being that my vehicle is not leased and was paid in full (for about 1700 over invoice which I'm still pissed about). If they had made this a hybrid which surprisingly some ppl think it is at first just by its design it would have been the perfect suv almost.

    Toyota/Lexus is offering hybrid engines that get more speed/power/hp etc then the same car with non hybrid engines and in fact with their lexus models the hybrid powerplants is pretty much going to be just as much if not more for performance enhancement (especially when they get v8 power out of a v6) as it is gas saving. With the Highlander being redesigned for 2007 to look more rounded/modern similiar to the Murano, Tribeca etc I may like the styling then where as I dont at all on the current Highlander.

    If something better comes along in as little as 2 to 3 years whether Tribeca with better engine or redesigned Highlander or other hybrid suv then I am worried I wont get my moneys worth on trading in teh Tribeca. But its nice not to have another bill/payment and I imagine if its still that new nad low mileage that it will hold its value especially with all the options and for now it was still the best choice for me for the money.

    I hope Subaru can catch up wiht Toyota/Lexus in regard to hybrid/performance though, or I wont be staying with Subaru long having already reluctantly switched from being a Nissan/infinity fan/loyalist. Not to mention Honda/Acura and their few hybrids with more to come as well as acuras superior nav and electronics. I know its tough to compare Subaru to the 3 big Japanese auto makers that dominate (especially toyota) but that is the competition.

    Speaking of which while I chose the Tribeca over a Nissan Murano, Infinity FX35, or Acura MDX due mostly just to being newer and having certain ext. styling effects (puddle lights, turn signal on side mirrors) and the fact that i could get more for less price as even the Murano costs more comparibly equipped not to mention B9 has better handling then all except the FX to which it is equal? though i heard FX isn't good in the snow/ice.

    Problem is sometimes the Tribeca just looks really low especially from the front and continues to bother me. While i've mentioned before and i noticed that even the Murano sits up on its shocks above its wheels more i wonder why they didn't do this with the Tribeca. CAn the b9 be raised on its shocks a little so there is more space between the wheel and car and raising the height of the B9?

    The front hood especially not only starts low and just has a lower height overall, it then slopes downward and comes down so low in the front and bottom bumper its like a low riding sports car almost. This is cool i guess if you going for the super sporty car like looking suv like the FX buti think even the FX is higher off the ground in the front.

    Again its weird as the B9 looks diff in diff situations and where and what its parked next to but sometimes especially because of the front it just starts to look too low and un suv like and not very substantial and starts to remind you of a toyota matrix or some other high wagon which ppl already associate subaru with.

    I mean just park next to any other even car like SUV like the Murano. You'd have to jump onto the hood of it while the B9's hood starts at its highest point as low as a cars almost and then slopes down even lower. Nothing can be done about the design but to get some more height do you think it can be raised on its shocks a little and would this take away from the handling?
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    Funny thing about ppl thinking the front of B9 l ooks like an alpha is that is mostly the grille. The headlights are more like porsche cayenne and no Alpha really has those.

    In fact the rear and sides of the B9 look very similiar to a certain Alpha Rome model the 147 (look it up) even though its a hatchback not a suv.

    So basically the whole Tribeca front side and rear looks like an Alpha Romeo which is pretty cool in book especially as there is no Alpha Romeo suv

    Incidentally Alpha Romeo does have an suv in the works though and they are said to return to selling cars in teh US by 2007
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    Ok, I did later realize and read that it was the Saab 9-7x that was going to be a Chevy Trailblazer wiht Saab badge. And that it was a diff model the 9-6x which i htink they changed to the 9-5x that was going to be based on the Subaru B9 Tribeca.

    Guess what, latest news on that is they are not basing it on the Tribeca anymore due to some factor about needing to make a diesel engine or something for europe and some stuff.

    The Saab 9-5 or 9-6x is going to be based on some Pontiac design.

    So the B9 Tribeca is safe as a unique model and thre will be no Saab or any other car for that matter like it. YAy!
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    I haven't had them installed yet. The shop that was going to do it said that the sensors need to be installed in the top half of the bumper, Mine is Blue.

    I planned to get the sensors air brushed to match but was told that these sensor should be painted. So I am back to shopping for sensors that can be paint or black one that have angled mounts (the sensors need to be parallel to the ground)so they can be installed on the lower part of bumper.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    This was their SUV concept, next to a Tribeca. A lot of similarity there.

  • ctguyctguy Posts: 1
    I live in CT & am planning to buy a Murano SL with the touring package as well as a 10 inch DVD. The best deal I got on this is 35,500 out the door. Is this a good deal? Please let me know. Also wanted to make sure if the speakers in a SL are also Bose or just the CD player is Bose? Please lemme know asap....Thx !!
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,004
    Check out the Nissan Murano: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion for deals. For general Murano info, try the Nissan Murano discussion.

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  • amosbamosb Posts: 12
    Hi Everyone, I'm a newbie here but have been looking very intensely at the Suv's mentioned so far in this Forum. Is it just me or is the back seat leg room of the Tribeca tight. I'm six feet tall so I set the front seat to my position, then I went into the back seat and I had a real hard time getting my legs inside.

    Help me please with the Navigation stuff. Are all factory GPS DVD assisted? I thought there was a chip holding this info... I think I just read that Honda GPS is also DVD assisted (like Murano).

    Besides styling is there a real difference between the attributes of the Pilot and Murano?

    Thank you,

  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    If you are refering to the second row seat as the back seat. It is likely that it was not back all the way. In order to do so you need to use two hands and pull an orange lever out and then pull up on the front bar and then push the seat back all the way. I'm 6' 6" and fit in the back just fine.

    The B9 NAV is DVD assisted and works just fine. Take a look at the B9 forum and you will see many posts about the Factory NAV with lots of opinions. In the end most have been very happy with the NAV including myself.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    That's gotta be aftermarket. While that's not necessarily bad, just keep in mind the warranty will be handled by the dealer/installer, not by Nissan.

    I think their factory DVD is just 7".

    Amos: you probably missed the 2nd row seat release - the seat goes back another 4". Let me see if I can find a good pic...

    Don't feel bad, even Motorweek missed this. I watched their review on TV and they complained about the same thing. When you look, you see that there was a large gap to the 3rd row.

    Hit that release button, and the 2nd row goes all the way back and actually touches the 3rd row. 4" more makes a big difference.

    Subaru's NAV is also DVD-based, you get two, one for each coast, both are pre-loaded with all the maps you'd need.

    Found a pic - the right side is all the way back after you hit the release. Note how much more room you would have in row 2.

  • tigger5753tigger5753 Posts: 40
    Most NAV systems are now DVD based. There are a few remaining that are CD based (Toureg).

    Not sure what you are asking about on this: Besides styling is there a real difference between the attributes of the Pilot and Murano?

    Murano has a CVT transmission (belt driven, infinite # of gear ratios), HID lamps, Power adjustable pedals, 18" wheels - some of the options that the Pilot does not have.
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    DVD based NAV unit is the best because it can hold much more detailed data than other formats (CD or flash media). Map data alone probably don't require a lot of storage space but Point Of Interest data that lists gas stations, restaurants, shopping centers etc. can really eat up storage space.
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