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Honda Pilot vs. Nissan Murano

When we compare the Honda Pilot to the Nissan Murano, the Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Nissan Murano has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Honda Pilot versus the Nissan Murano, the Honda Pilot is a better car than the Nissan Murano.

Honda Pilot versus Nissan Murano Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda Pilot ranges from $27,476 to $40,251 while a used Nissan Murano from the same model year range is priced between $22,988 to $36,042. For a new model, the Honda Pilot's price is between $41,102 and $52,058, with the Nissan Murano priced between $35,875 and $50,207.

Honda Pilot versus Nissan Murano Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Pilot is 8.7 out of 10 while the Nissan Murano's quality rating is 8.2 out of 10. This results in the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Nissan Murano being ranked 9 out of 25. Out of 15 Best Midsize SUVs for the Money, the Honda Pilot is ranked 15 and the Nissan Murano is ranked 9. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 3 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs while the Nissan Murano is ranked 13 out of 61. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 3 out of 28 Best Crossover SUVs for the Money while the Nissan Murano is ranked 12 out of 28.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda Pilot’s base engine makes 285 horsepower, and the Nissan Murano base engine makes 260 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Nissan Murano has the advantage in the area of trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Nissan Murano.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Honda Pilot has higher safety ratings than the Nissan Murano, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.90 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Murano has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Honda Pilot

2023 Nissan Murano

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$41,102 - $52,058

Used Asking Price:

$27,476 - $40,251

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$35,875 - $50,207

Used Asking Price:

$22,988 - $36,042

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

49.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.2 / 10

Retained Value:

6.5 / 10

Safety:

9.9 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 15
3 / 61
3 / 61
3 / 28
4 / 31
4 / 21
6 / 25
8 / 31
8 / 31
42 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 61
9 / 25
9 / 25
9 / 15
10 / 25
12 / 28
13 / 61
14 / 25
27 / 61
46 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda Pilot is one of America’s favorite three-row family vehicles. All but two trim levels offer seating for eight passengers, though many buyers opt for the 7-passenger configuration with two large captain's chairs in the second row.

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Summary Review

Nissan’s two-row Murano crossover targets those buyers looking for comfort and style. Unlike many SUV-style vehicles in this segment, the Murano is more like a large sedan than its peers.

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Pros and Cons

  • Seating for up to 8 in almost every trim 
  • Family-friendly features galore
  • Among the largest interior volume and cargo capacity of this segment’s SUVs
  • One of the most “made-in-America” models in this segment (Alabama)

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain option available
  • Overdue for an update

Pros and Cons

  • Plush interior
  • Smooth V6 engine
  • Dynamic styling

  • Starting to show its age
  • Needs an infotainment update
  • No green (hybrid/electric) trims now available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, EX-L-8P, EX-L-7P, TrailSport, Touring, Elite

Trim Levels

S, SV, SL, Platinum

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.90 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

285 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 5000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

240 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.067 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

380 / 532 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.7 inches

Cargo Space:

18.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

177.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.9 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.9 inches

Cargo Space:

32.1 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

67 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

140.2 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4313 lbs

Width:

78.5 inches

Height:

71 inches

Length:

199.9 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3865 lbs

Width:

75.4 inches

Height:

67.8 inches

Length:

192.8 inches

Wheelbase:

111.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

255/50R20

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18