2015 to Present: Nissan Murano
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the third-generation Nissan Murano is a striking midsize crossover SUV and the first vehicle to adopt design language that has subsequently swept through the manufacturer’s line up.
The five-seat Murano is a midsize SUV that comes with a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine. All trim levels use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is designed for acceleration that is smooth and responsive. The Murano is available with front- or all-wheel drive.
The capable brakes, powerful V6 and nicely weighted steering make the Murano a joy to drive. The quiet interior provides a premium feel on the roadways. Fuel economy is excellent considering the Murano’s utility and versatility.
The current Nissan Murano is nicely appointed, with even the base model providing a high level of comfort and luxury rarely seen in an affordable midsize crossover. You’ll find standard equipment that includes alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, front and rear USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.
Available features include navigation, remote start, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Nissan’s Around View Monitor is also available, and provides a 360-degree view around the Murano to ease parking maneuvers.
The Nissan Murano truly stands out in a crowded midsize SUV segment that includes long-time favorites like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. Other two-row crossovers to consider include the Ford Edge, Kia Sorento and Volkswagen Touareg.
Earlier Nissan Murano Models
The first-generation Murano arrived for 2003 as a front- or all-wheel drive midsize crossover with seating for five. When it launched, the Murano was powered by a 245-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired with a CVT. It was offered in three trim levels, S, SL and SE.
Always engaging, whether parked on the curb or being driven enthusiastically, the first-generation Murano has carlike driving characteristics with a practical yet comfortable interior. Its standard features also rose above segment expectations at the time.
The first-generation Murano was produced through the 2007 model year. After a one-year hiatus, the second-generation Murano arrived for 2009 with new exterior styling that wasn’t a radical departure from the outgoing model. Still, exterior updates took the Murano’s aggressive style a step further. A 3.5-liter V6 and CVT continued to power the midsize crossover, but both were retuned for additional power and enhanced performance.
Over its six-year model run, the second-generation Murano was sold in five trim levels; S, SV, SL, LE and Platinum. For 2011, the Murano would get a mid-cycle refresh and Nissan would add a unique two-door Murano CrossCabriolet model that featured a fabric convertible top. The CrossCabriolet would be the world’s first convertible all-wheel-drive crossover.
Reviewers and consumers alike appreciated Nissan’s improvements to the second-generation Murano’s interior fit and finish. The updates represented quality and standard features more in line with premium offerings from Nissan’s Infiniti brand. Depending on the model year, standard features include keyless entry and start, alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a six-speaker audio system and cruise control. Higher trim levels included a dual-panel sunroof, leather upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels and a premium audio system. In 2013, Nissan added available active safety features that include blind spot monitoring and moving object detection.