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2013 Nissan Murano

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2013 Nissan Murano Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

As it did a decade ago when introduced, the 2013 Nissan Murano SUV offers trend-setting looks and features that others are just now beginning to implement. The Murano continues to buck the blocky-SUV trend in favor of a rounded, organic shape. As it has from the start, this 5-passenger carryall uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a setup that tends to offer better fuel economy than traditional automatics. Available in front- or all-wheel-drive, the Nissan Murano has a strong V6 engine and a driver-oriented suspension that helps it further stand out from competitors such as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet Equinox. The Murano is also available as a 4-passenger convertible called the CrossCabriolet that has become something of an odd duckling in the automotive world.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a crossover SUV that has sports-car styling and room for people and cargo, the 2013 Nissan Murano is a tempting option. If you take the plunge on a CrossCabriolet version, well, let's just say that you'll stand out.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If class-leading fuel efficiency, a low price, or a 3rd-row seat is a requirement in your SUV, you'll have to look beyond the Murano. Vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento have higher fuel economy and a lower starting price, and others such as the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander offer three rows of seats.

What's New for 2013

Safety features such as blind-spot warning and Moving Object Detection are optional. An SV Value Package is available and includes Bose audio system, power liftgate, and navigation. SV models now include auto-dimming rearview mirror and HomeLink remote transceiver.

Driving the Murano

Driving Impressions We are impressed overall with the Nissan Murano's road-going abilities. The SUV's stout V6 easily tackles hills, and its CVT automatic transmission holds torque at peak levels until you let...

off the throttle. The Murano's handling is among the best in its class. Steering and brake response are excellent, and a stiff suspension keeps this SUV planted with minimal body roll. On the flip side, that stiff suspension can translate to a rougher ride for occupants. Rear passengers may find it difficult to get comfortable, though the reclining seats help. The Murano does offer ample headroom and legroom for 6-footers. An available iPod interface makes it easy to find songs – but not specific artists – while driving.

POWER-RETURN REAR SEATS
In addition to folding with the pull of a lever, in SL and LE trims the Murano's 60/40 split rear seats have a power return feature that automatically brings them back up. Instead of arm wrestling with upholstery, all you have to do is press a button.

DRIVER'S POSITION MEMORY SYSTEM
This feature on top-trim LE Muranos automatically adjusts the driver's seat, steering wheel and side mirrors to preselected spots for up to two drivers. Consider it his and hers seating arrangements.

2013 Nissan Murano Details
Interior

The Murano's 5-passenger interior shines in both quality and design, especially in higher-trim models. The front and rear seats are firm and supportive, and the leather used in SL and LE trims feels as if it could have come from Nissan's Infiniti premium brand. Dash controls are arranged well, except for the location of buttons for the available heated steering wheel and power liftgate. The cargo hull is relatively spacious with over 31 cubic feet of storage capacity, an amount that more than doubles with the rear seats folded. The CrossCabriolet has a 4-passenger interior, and its rear seats do not fold.

Exterior

The Murano has been around for a decade, but its profile still feels fresh despite not changing much. The 2013 Murano has a sporty design that begins with sweeping headlight enclosures, a high beltline along the sides, and an athletic rear highlighted by twin exhaust outlets, hexagonal rear window, and wraparound taillights. The 2-door CrossCabriolet, introduced two years ago, bills itself as "the world's first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible." With its high beltline and limited visibility with the top up, this duckbilled platypus of an automobile is odd indeed, and seems to answer a question few were asking.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Nissan Murano comes in four trims, each with front-wheel drive standard or all-wheel drive as an option. Base S versions are rather skimpy on features compared with even the next level trim, SV. S trim models do come with dual-zone automatic climate control, pushbutton start/stop, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD changer with auxiliary input, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Missing in action on that base trim, but found on others, are Bluetooth connectivity, roof rails, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, illuminated steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a vehicle security system, and power front seats. Murano CrossCabriolets come in just one, well-equipped trim that includes all-wheel drive, Bose premium sound system, leather seats (heated up front), and a heated steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

Major options for the 2013 Murano are bundled according to trim, with higher versions receiving features such as leather interior, power front seats, and color monitor with rearview camera display. All-wheel drive is optional on every trim and standard on the Murano CrossCabriolet convertible. A navigation package on SL and CrossCabriolet models adds, obviously, a touch-screen nav system along with Bluetooth streaming audio. A similar bundle called Platinum Edition on top-level LE trims includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Accessories include roof-rail crossbars to accommodate extra gear, and dual 7-inch LCD monitors with DVD playback for rear-seat entertainment.

Under the Hood

2013 Muranos are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes an ample 260 horsepower in regular models and slightly more in CrossCabriolet versions. All Muranos use Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission. CVTs essentially feel like a 1-speed automatic and take a little getting used to, since there are no traditional shift points. The Murano is rated to tow up to 3,500, but here again the CrossCabriolet is an exception, as Nissan says towing is not recommended for that model.

3.5-liter V6
260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (Front-wheel drive), 18/23 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.5-liter V6 (CrossCabriolet)
265 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 mpg

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2013 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 204 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

great car, great performance gets compliments all

By on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "luxurious ride"

Cons: "Bi Xenon or LED headlight, daytime running light s"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"almost great overall, except should have Bi Xenon or LED as standard and LED Daytime Running Lights."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Lots of room, nice features, good on long road tri"

Cons: "Low ceiling, blind spot"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have 4 dogs and this car has enough room for all of them and their crates when we go on road trips. Cargo door is easy to open and shut. No mechanical issues since I've owned it. My husband complains about the ceiling being too low but I have no complaints."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

pleasure to own and drive

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"sat in every suv at auto show,none matched seat comfort,style or features lots of bang for the buck did i forget to mention performance? Yeah man...."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great car!

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Good value, smooth drive, looks nice"

Cons: "Few options on base model"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car for my wife about 2 1/2 months ago. We both love it. Smooth ride, good handling. The engine runs very well, much Better than expected. Some people have criticized the CVT, but it is actually very smooth, better than a normal automatic transmission. The exterior and interior are beautiful."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

So far so good, bought used with 97k miles

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior, sound system, fit and trim"

Cons: "Rear window visibility, gas milage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I just recently bought this 2009 Murano LE with 97k miles on it. I never owned a Nissan before so I asked some people I know who have, and everyone had nothing but good things to say about Nissan. I like to buy high end, high mileage cars so this car meet my criteria, also my wife wanted a larger suv to haul around the grandchildren and all of the stuff that goes along wih them. I intend to get at least 200k miles with this vehicle like I did with my Lexus, 4Runner, and Jeep. The Murano has all of the bells and whistles we wanted and drives very well both city and highway. My only complaint so far is the visability of the back window. I will write another review as soon as I get more miles on it and will be able to comment on the reliability. I do have one question, does anyone know when Nissan recommends replacing the timing belt? I can't seem to find that information."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent handling and comfortable ride"

Cons: "Maybe a little more storage for nick nacks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second Murano and I love it. It handles well and looks great! Maybe some improvement in the gas mileage would be nice. My 1st Murano has gotten up to 26MPG. This one is getting 19MPG. Im seriously thinking of purchasing the hot new 2015! Id love to see some sharp new colors."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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