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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2017 Nissan Murano

Crossovers and SUVs are extremely popular in the United States right now, which means you have many options to choose from when deciding on what vehicle to buy. It also means the decision-making process isn't always easy. At Coastal Hyundai, we want your new car buying experience to be as hassle-free as possible, which is why we've already done the work for you. Read on below to compare the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs the 2017 Nissan Murano. We think it's pretty clear which vehicle has the edge.

Find Your New Santa Fe Sport


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport   2017 Nissan Murano
Starting at $24,950 MSRP Starting at $29,770
5 stars NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 4 stars
Up to 71.5 cu ft Cargo Volume Up to 67.0 cu ft
Up to 143.4 cu ft Total Interior Volume Up to 140.2 cu ft
41.3/39.4 inches Legroom (front/rear) 40.5/38.7 inches
Up to 240 hp Horsepower Up to 260 hp
Up to 260 lb-ft of torque Torque Up to 240 lb-ft of torque
5 years/60,000 miles New Vehicle Limited Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
40/20/40 split-bench Rear Seat Type 60/40 split-bench
1650 lbs Maximum Trailer Weight 1500 lbs

Santa Fe Sport vs Murano Price Comparison

One thing probably jumps right out at you from the chart above, and that is the starting MSRP. The Santa Fe Sport starts at an MSRP that is several thousand dollars less than the Murano. On top of that, it's a 2018 model year vehicle. Nissan has yet to release changes to the Murano for 2018 (a comparison we'll provide for you here when they do), and still, it is significantly more expensive.

Although it's more affordable, the Santa Fe Sport actually comes standard with some amenities the Murano does not. These include speed-sensitive volume, a total of four 12-volt DC power outlets for those family road trips, chrome grille trim and a tiptronic automatic transmission.

Sante Fe Sport vs Murano Safety Ratings

Being such a new model, the Santa Fe Sport for 2018 has yet to receive a rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though the 2017 model did receive Top Safety Pick status. The 2017 Nissan Murano received the same recognition from the IIHS. When it comes to the overall safety rating from the NHTSA, however, the FWD Murano model falls short with a 4-star rating compared to the 2018 Santa Fe Sport's 5-star rating. Hyundai's midsize two-row SUV also has a few safety technologies available for the entry level model that the Murano doesn't, such as a parking assist feature and Blind Spot Monitoring.

Overall Differences Between the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport vs 2017 Nissan Murano

As the chart above shows, there are many differences between the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and the 2017 Nissan Murano. The facts and figures show this. But one thing many comparisons don't focus on is the overall driving experience for each vehicle. For that, you simply need to come take a test drive, but things like warranty also play a major role in the overall owner experience with a vehicle.

Hyundai proudly claims to have "America's Best Warranty," and it certainly is no stretch of the truth. Take the incredible powertrain warranty on the 2018 Santa Fe Sport, providing peace of mind for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles. You can also feel comfortable driving out to unfamiliar or desolate areas thanks to the Santa Fe Sport's 5 years of 24-hour roadside assistance, with no mileage limits.

Now that you've seen how the Santa Fe Sport has a clear edge over the Murano, come see us at Coastal Hyundai to take home your new two-row midsize SUV. We look forward to meeting you.

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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport on the lake
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport grille design
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport with touchscreen navigation
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport rear seat space