2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

White 2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Hyundai Sante Fe on right

Is Hyundai missing a segment? When it comes to shopping for an SUV, you typically expect to see models that are on par with each other from every major automaker. We often have customers asking us for key differences between the 2018 Nissan Murano vs 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, but there’s just one problem. The Hyundai Santa Fe is a three-row SUV, while the Nissan Murano offers just two rows.

Step down to the more affordable Santa Fe Sport, and you’ll find comparable interior space, but a paltry 4-cylinder engine. Even despite the smaller engine, the Santa Fe Sport isn’t quite as efficient as the 2018 Nissan Murano, though it comes a lot closer than the larger Santa Fe does. All that said, it’s difficult to truly make a comparison between the Santa Fe and the Murano when it appears that Hyundai has left a gap in its lineup. Pricing for the larger Santa Fe is in line with the cost of the Murano, but this is due to its size more than the features it offers.

2018 Nissan Murano


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

$30,550 Starting MSRP $30,850
21 city/28 hwy Fuel Economy 18 city/24 hwy
5 Seating Capacity 6-7
Standard Push-Button Start Available

Why you’ll want the 2018 Nissan Murano

SUVs with three rows are fine for larger families, but not nearly as nimble as midsize options like the 2018 Nissan Murano. Those who select the Murano as their family-friendly vehicle are seeking a vehicle that not only offers a spacious interior, but a host of value-packed features.

While the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has all the necessities we have come to expect from modern vehicles, such as power windows and locks, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera system and more.

However, it doesn’t come with as many features as the 2018 Nissan Murano. One key feature that’s considered a bonus? A proximity key with push-button start. Is this a strict necessity? Of course not, but it’s the small conveniences that count. The Nissan Murano also has standard navigation, remote engine start, Automatic Emergency Braking with Forward Collision Warning. Many of these features are available in the 2018 Nissan Santa Fe, but require higher trim levels or additional packages. Which would result in spending even more.

The 2018 Nissan Murano comes in four value-packed trim levels. The features listed here are just those found in the base trim S. Stop by Glendale Nissan to learn more about pricing, availability and benefits of other trim levels and to take this attractive midsize SUV for a test drive.