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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
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 240 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
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great driveability. Relatively comfortable.

By on Monday, July 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Overall nice vehicle."

Cons: "Hate the transmission."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Great engine. Dislike the rubber band transmission. Sub-par paint by todays standards. Comfortable ride and satisfying handling. Only moderate storage volume. Averages 22-23 MPG with NO city driving. Nice interior materials but front seats are small for my 6'--200# body especially seat bottoms. I usually trade cars every 2-3 years. First Nissan in a while and probably last. No mechanical problems. Quality just is not there. Have been a Toyota/Lexus owner for years. Headed back or maybe USA brand this time. Came with Goodyear L/S tires. Replaced @ 16,000 miles with triple tread. Hate Goodyear tires."

Better than average

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles well, great engine."

Cons: "The A pillar has a big blind spot"

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

"This is my second Murano so I have had good experiences with the vehicle. They are cheap to maintain, very comfortable ride. Handles well and I love the engine. Mileage is consistent 21 MPG in city driving and up to 28 on the highway if I keep it around 70. large cargo capacity so you can stuff a lot into the back. So far I have had no complaints with the vehicle or with Nissan service."

looks nice, but not worth it

By on Sunday, April 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

Cons: "many mechanical problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"it is a nice looking suv, but unfortunetely has too many problems. this nissan is very fragil. it's ok for some light snow. the interior has some nice features like voice command, navigation system, dual sunroof, heated front and rear seat. the exterior is appealing, 20' alloy wheels, aerodynamic. fuel consumption is not too bad, average of 16mpg combined city/highway and does not requiere premium. I had many problems with: catalitic converter, transmition, pressure sensor, the 20' wheels are expensive and there are not too many choices."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Reliable, low maintenance costs bought new,

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, nice ride."

Cons: "interior front windshield hard to clean"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Purchased new from a dealer. 105k and only had replaced brakes and tires. RELIABLE. Comfortable, stylish. Rear seat lays down for large cargo storage. Took me a while to get used to a FOB and not a key, but OK now. What I would change: front windshield is hard to clean inside because it is so steep. drivers over 6 feet might not like the head room, although the seat is adjustable. Twice recently I got a P420 code, but I put Lucas Sea Foam cleaner in the gas tank, from Autozone, reset the code and no further issues."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

A great barely used car.

By on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I don't own this car

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"My second Morano, coming off a 3 yr. lease in January, I added LED running light package, door sill lights and a trailer hitch. Hitch used to pull jet ski trailer to launch and return to storage in Summer. 17.200 miles only due to 2nd car and golf cart use most of the time. Will be a great buy for someone."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Very unsatisfied with the purchase of this vehicl

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: comfort, handling

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looked nice and was well optioned."

Cons: "Ride quality, driver seating comfort."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"We brought this Murano new. Top of the line, almost all options that were available. Driver seating position was fair, but not great. Ride was fairly decent, until there were a series of small bumps in the roadway, then the rear-end would have a tendency to move from side to side several inches. Needless to say, if the roads had ice or snow, this was very disconcerting. We traded for a 2016 Chevy Traverse. We feel that this vehicle is all that we had hoped for with the Murano."

21 people out of 36 found this review helpful

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