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2014 Nissan Murano

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2014 Nissan Murano Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

As it did when introduced over a decade ago, the 2014 Nissan Murano SUV offers trend-setting looks and features that others are just beginning to implement. The Murano continues to buck the blocky-SUV style 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 deliver better fuel economy than traditional automatics. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the Nissan Murano has a strong V6 engine and a driver-oriented suspension that help set it apart from competitors such as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Chevrolet Equinox. Another Murano distinction is the CrossCabriolet, a 4-passenger convertible that’s unique in this class.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a crossover SUV that has sports-car styling, nimble handling, and room for people and cargo, the 2014 Nissan Murano is a tempting choice. If you’re tempted by the CrossCabriolet version, well, let’s just say that you’ll stand out.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If miserly mpg, a conventional automatic transmission or 3rd-row seats are among your SUV priorities, the 2014 Murano may not be for you. Vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Kia Sorento have higher mpg ratings and lower starting prices, while others – the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander – offer 3-row seating.

What's New for 2014

Aside from a CrossCabriolet price reduction, the Murano is basically unchanged for 2014. Muranos with a tinted bronze exterior finish offer a new black interior option, and the CrossCabriolet adds new colors and a new 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheel.

Driving the Murano
Driving Impressions

We are impressed overall with the Nissan Murano’s road manners. 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 on par with the best in its class. Steering and brake response are excellent, and a stiff suspension minimizes body roll in cornering and quick transitions. On the flip side, that stiff suspension can translate to a rougher ride on patchy pavement. Rear passengers may find it difficult to get comfortable, though the reclining seats help. The foregoing applies to the conventional Murano. The CrossCabriolet is heavier and not nearly as nimble as the conventional hardtop versions.

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 and seatbacks, all you have to do is press a button.

POWER LIFTGATE
Vehicles in this class are all about utility, and this optional feature adds to the Murano’s usefulness. Increasingly common in SUVs, the power rear hatch makes loading and unloading easier, and also keeps hands clean – no need to put both hands on dirty sheet metal to close the gate.

2014 Nissan Murano Details
2014 Nissan Murano photo 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 hold provides over 31 cubic feet of storage capacity, an amount that more than doubles with the rear seats folded forward. The CrossCabriolet has a 4-passenger interior, and its rear seats do not fold.

Exterior
2014 Nissan Murano photo

The Murano has been around for over a decade with only minimal styling updates, but its profile still looks fresh and contemporary for 2014. It’s a sporty design that begins with sweeping headlight enclosures, a high beltline, wide fender flares and a muscular rear highlighted by twin exhaust outlets, hexagonal rear window and wraparound taillights. Introduced three years ago, the 2-door CrossCabriolet bills itself as “the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible.” Visibility is limited with the top up, and this strange platypus of an automobile is odd indeed, an answer to a question few were asking.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Nissan Murano comes in four trim levels, with front-wheel drive (FWD) standard or the option of all-wheel drive (AWD). Base S versions come with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button starting, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD changer with auxiliary input, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Other trim levels (SV, SL, LE), include Bluetooth connectivity, roof rails, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, illuminated steering-wheel 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 2014 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. AWD is optional on every trim and standard on the Murano CrossCabriolet convertible. A navigation package on SL and CrossCabriolet models adds a touch-screen 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

The 2014 Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes an ample 260 horsepower in regular models and slightly more in the heavier CrossCabriolet version. 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, and in hard acceleration it sometimes takes a while for the transmission to catch up with the engine. The Murano is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, but here again the CrossCabriolet is an exception, as Nissan says towing is not recommended for that model. Fuel economy is a little behind the leading edge for vehicles in this class.

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 (FWD), 18/23 mpg (AWD)

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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2014 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 240 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • 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."

20 people out of 35 found this review helpful

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