The King of the Plex has been going on all month long and the SUVs think they have a chance to be Kings — or Queens if you will. We compared the three top import SUVs on the Preston Autoplex in our latest episode of the King of the Plex. From Hyundai we had the 2016 Santa Fe, from Mazda we had the 2016 CX-5 and from Nissan we looked at the 2015 Murano. Which one would win your comparison test? Come see them all and make your decision!
2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
The Sport comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 190 horsepower. Need even more than that? Then you’re going to have to move up to the larger Santa Fe SE or Limited. They are both powered by a 3.3L V6 that produces 290 horsepower and can tow up to 5,000 pounds! The Sport edition seats 5 and the larger SE and Limited seat 6 to 7 people.
The interiors of both are exquisite. The available panoramic sunroof is huge and dwarfs all other sunroofs in its class. Offered as an option by most competitors, Hillstart Assist Control comes standard on the Santa Fe. This will minimize the amount of backward roll when stopped on steep hills. Equipped with Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care, you are instantly connected with help after an accident, or with the push of a button you can connect with an agent who can send assistance and stay on the line until help arrives.
Did we mention America’s Best Warranty? How could we forget about our 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty — easily the best offering over Mazda and Nissan.
2016 Mazda CX-5
The CX-5: Officially the first 2016 model year vehicle sold in the United States. It started making its way onto lots back in early 2015 and hasn’t looked back. This 2016 SUV, or Sport Utility Vehicle, has received an A rating from Edmunds among many other awards from various automotive magazines and safety administrations.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Sport comes with a choice of two powertrains: A 2.0L 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual tranny, or a 2.5L 4-cylinder with a six-speed automatic tranny. New options this year include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, LED headlights and more! There have been other improvements made to ensure the 2016 CX-5 dominates the SUV class.
The CX-5 interior is attractive, modern and functional. The 7-inch touchscreen and multifunction control knob make it one of the best systems out there. Some other features on the 2016 Mazda CX-5 are available on the Grand Touring with the i-Active Sense package. Those include adaptive cruise control — which will match your speed to that of the car in front of you — Smart Brake Support, lane departure warning and automatic high beam control.
2015 Nissan Murano
The 2015 Nissan Murano is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Powering the 2015 Nissan Murano is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower. With either configuration, all-wheel or front-wheel drive, you will get 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, which is better than what you’d get from most other competing SUVs!
On the inside there have been some serious adjustments made. The seats might not be the first thing you notice when you hop in the Murano, but they will leave a lasting impression. Nissan calls them “Zero Gravity” seats because they are designed to contour to the position the body assumes in zero gravity. The Panoramic Moonroof is also an exceptional part of this new style Murano.
If you liked any of these SUVs please call us at the Preston Autoplex at 410-673-7171. You can of course view our entire import inventory online at prestonmotor.com too!