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



  • 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 Posts: 52,683
    Check out the Nissan Murano: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion for deals. For general Murano info, try the Nissan Murano discussion.

    Steve, Host
  • 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: 43
    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.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    The "boxy" Pilot has a 3rd row and is, in general, larger than Murano. Pilot has about 10% more total cargo space, weighs 450lbs more, and is longer, wider and taller.

    This also makes Murano (and Tribeca) somewhat smaller, sleeker, quicker (maybe) and more agile. That's where you need to decide which suits you best.

    Here's a review of Tribeca from Car and Driver magazine.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I think the Ford Freestyle would fit into this category of vehicles. Interior space is great, gas mileage good, price good (I paid $25K) and anything you hear about an underpowered engine take with a grain of salt. Granted when you step off the gas there's not the immediate jolt forward, but the CVT transmission has plenty of power for hills, passing, etc, and in reality the 0-60 time is pretty quick for this type of vehicle. Anyway, just another option.
  • amosbamosb Posts: 12
    Thank you everyone for your help. I took the Tribeca ltd. and the Murano SL AWD for a test drive this morning. Maybe it is just me but the Tribeca felt like a more cushioned ride. Thank you for telling me about the sliding back seat ... plenty of room when its slid back.

    My complaints so far with the Tribeca: 1) I am interested in getting Nav in the five seater an was told this is not an option ... Is that true? I'm told it is only available in the 7 Seater. 2) The look of the exterrior ... is it just me or is the nose of the car weird looking?


    I'll admit the larger tires on both the Murano and Tribeca give me more comfort for inclement weather.

  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    I am interested in getting Nav in the five seater an was told this is not an option ... Is that true?

    Yup! Now as Juice would say and has said over and over in the B9 forum... the money spent for the 7 Passenger is well worth it in the other features that you get besides the seat. I have the 7 and will never use the 3rd row but love the rear air vents that come with that vehicle.

    As to the looks of the front end... again take a look at the last few pages of the B9 forum and read the discussion about style and design. It all boils down to personal taste. I happen to love the looks of this vehicle and feel it to be a progressive design. Is it different than 90% of what's out there? Yup. Thus the reason I like it!

    I would agree the Beca is more comfortable ride but still gives you a tight driving experience. Keep in mind Subaru's excellence in engineering when making your decision. The transverse mounted boxer engine allows for a lower center of gravity which greatly enhances the driving experience.

    Both good choices so good luck in your decision.
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    Transverse mounted engine???????????

    Subies do not have transverse mounted engines - they are conventionally mounted and that is reason why it can say it has a symmetrical all wheel drive system.

    The Boxer engine has horizontally opposed cylinders like Porsche.
  • charles12charles12 Posts: 79
    Notice that people compare highland to a few SUVs but nobody did comparison to MDX. The base model of MDX now costs only $32,400 or so, which is about the same price as Highland limited.

    It seems to me that MDX has more stardard features than highland.

    Was wondering why people buying Highland instead of MDX.

    Your opinion??
  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    Did I say that? :blush: What an idot! I really do need a nap... up way late last night... I was thinking horizontally opposed cylinders and where I came up with transverse mounted engine I have no idea! My bad... so sorry. :blush:
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    What time should I wake you? :)
  • charles12charles12 Posts: 79

    You might want to go to buy experience in MDX dissucssion. For the past few month to 09/06/2005. You can ask the dealer to give the $1,500 marketing money to you.

    Here it is $33212 invoice + $570 desitination - $1500 = $32311.

    A lot of people get this price for the MDX base model.
  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    Okay, I went to bed at 10:00PM awoke at 8:30AM with my wake up call from subienewbie2 and I think I'm good to go. Should I now tell him about the wonderful turbo charged engine the beca comes with? :) Kidding folks! Just kidding!
  • njswamplandsnjswamplands Posts: 1,760
    i tell ya, that extended trifecta ( extra foot or so ) and a xt version of the auto would make it a killer buy.
  • subienewbie2subienewbie2 Posts: 458
    From your lips to God's ears. If only it were so. :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Yup, get the 7 seater because you'll recover the money at resale time, plus you get rear A/C and a couple of other features. And of course the NAV option.

    amos: glad you found that release lever.

    The engine layout on all Subies sold in the US is longitudinal, i.e. north-south. Porsche and BMW tend to prefer this layout as well.

    By far most cars/trucks have transverse (east-west) layouts.

  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    From The Car Connection, here's a spy photo showing the new fascia for the 2006 Pilot. Sounds like not a whole lot of other changes.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I wonder what'll change inside.

    Got a chance to sample one recently and I noted the NAV screen was on the small side, about 5" IIRC.

    Looks like the front got a little bit of Ridgeline influence.

  • amosbamosb Posts: 12
    Please help me here. When I was getting an "education" from a GMC salesman on the DVD Nav. I was told that I could not play a CD while using the Nav System ... uses the same input.

    Question: Is this true of all DVD Nav systems? If I purchase the Pilot, can I play a CD at the same time I'm using the Navigation System?


    Amos ">
  • foxbat121foxbat121 Posts: 211
    Not true on most factory Nav I looked at. If the Nav is an afterthought on GMC, that might be the case. Factory Nav units are usually tightly integrated so that it won't restrict any other car functions like radio and cd playing.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Subaru's system has a DVD-based NAV under the driver's seat. The 6CD changer in the dash was seperate.

  • photoguy2photoguy2 Posts: 164
    Correct as is the DVD player overhead. You can use both in the B9 as they are seperate from each other.
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