Vehicle Comparisons:
2016 Nissan Murano vs. 2016 Honda Pilot

The 2016 Nissan Murano is equipped with a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine with an Xtronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Honda Pilot features a 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 engine that offers a six-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Murano gets an EPA-estimated 21 city/28 highway mpg. Looking at the Pilot’s fuel economy, this vehicle gets 19 city/27 highway mpg, according to EPA estimates.

Fuel efficiency is important with SUVs, as they’ve often been referred to as gas guzzlers. However, the Nissan Murano gets great fuel economy for its class, plus with the CVT, acceleration is smooth.

Interior Space

2016 Nissan MuranoThe Nissan Murano and the Honda Pilot each offer cloth upholstery for passengers. In terms of space, the Murano offers more rear legroom with 38.7 inches, while the Pilot offers 38.4 inches. Although the difference isn’t huge, rear passengers in the Murano are less likely to feel cramped.

Looking at cargo space, the 2016 Murano offers 32.1 cubic feet with all of the seats in place; the Pilot only offers 18 cubic feet.

The Murano’s additional room for rear passengers and cargo is a huge
advantage over what you get with the Pilot.

Entertainment Technology

The 2016 Murano offers a 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® display screen that features NissanConnect^SM with mobile apps. Regarding audio entertainment, the Murano features HD Radio®, which allows you to listen to regular AM/FM stations but with a crisper, clearer sound. It eliminates the buzz when you’re driving out of the station’s broadcast range.

The Murano also features a CD player and USB/auxiliary inputs that allow you to play music from external devices. An added bonus is a three-month trial subscription of SiriusXM® Satellite radio, which features hundreds of channels that are suitable for any interest.

The Honda Pilot features a 5-inch LCD screen that allows the driver to control the AM/FM radio and CD player. The Pilot also has auxiliary/USB inputs. This allows you to listen to music from your external media devices.

In terms of entertainment technology, the Nissan Murano offers more thanks to its larger display screen, HD Radio®, and trial subscription of SiriusXM®.

Convenience Technology

For convenience, the Nissan Murano features Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming technology. This allows you to talk on the phone and drive without putting yourself at risk by taking one hand off your steering wheel.

Another great feature is the hands-free texting capabilities. This will read your texts out loud so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. You can even respond with voice activated pre-loaded texts.

2015 NIssan Murano TechnologyThe Murano also offers a rearview camera, which helps with backing in
and out of spaces.

The Honda Pilot also offers Bluetooth® hands-free phone technology, but it doesn’t feature hands-free texting. In today’s age, with texting being one of the most popular forms of communication, this is a disadvantage. Drivers will have to wait until they’re stopped to read and respond to texts.

The Pilot also offers a rearview camera, though, to ease the process of
backing up.

Safety Features

The 2016 Nissan Murano and the 2016 Honda Pilot both feature an anti-lock braking system with Stability and Traction Control plus a tire pressure monitoring system. However, the Murano includes individual tire notification that will tell you which tire is underinflated and requires attention.

The Murano also features Hill Start Assist. This driver-assist technology prevents the vehicle from rolling back or forth when stopped on an incline.

2014 Nissan MuranoIn terms of collision protection, the Murano offers the Nissan Advanced Airbag System, which includes dual-stage supplemental front airbags, seat-mounted side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver’s knee protection. The Pilot features dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags.

Regarding safety ratings, both the Nissan Murano and the Honda Pilot performed well in Insurance Institute for Highway safety crash tests. Each vehicle was even voted as a Top Safety Pick. The Pilot did receive a lower grade regarding the ease of use with its child seat anchors, though.

The passive safety features seem similar with each vehicle, but the difference is clearer with their safety ratings.

Which Vehicle Will You Pick?

In this vehicle review, you’ve learned about the similarities between the 2016 Nissan Murano and the Honda Pilot. More importantly, you’ve learned about the differences. You now know that the Murano features a more fuel-efficient engine and offers more space for rear passengers and cargo. In terms of technology, it offers more convenience with the hands-free texting system.

You also know that the Murano offers better active safety features with
the individual tire pressure indicator and Hill Start Assist. These safety features can go a long way for preventing an unforeseen accident.

Schedule a test drive of the 2016 Nissan Murano today at Cherry Hill Nissan, your premier Nissan dealership in the Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood area.

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