The 3rd-generation Murano is all-new for the 2015 model year, including its dramatically styled exterior and a thoughtfully executed interior. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is carried over but substantially revamped.
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.
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.
For 2010, Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry and start is made standard, while the SL trim gains roof rails and a security system. Murano LE models now features a standard dual panel sunroof and can be ordered for the first time with front-wheel drive.
The Murano sports a new exterior look, including new head and taillights and 18- or 20-inch wheels, along with a new LE trim level that replaces the SE. A revised 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out about 20 more horsepower and is connected to a new Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Interior changes include available power-return rear seatbacks, a cargo divider and a dual-panel moonroof.
Although the 2017 Nissan Murano SUV can faithfully carry out its duties as a family-hauling crossover SUV, its art-house exterior styling makes it different than anything else in the segment. Given the Murano’s roomy and comfortable interior, Nissan’s description of its midsize SUV as a “social lounge” seems apt. The Murano offers passenger space on par with the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, yet its styling and features would seem more at home in a Lexus showroom. The Murano is refined on the road, handles surprisingly well for its size and offers up the latest in driver-assist and in-car entertainment systems. And while the Murano doesn’t offer a 3rd-row seat, we think given its size such a feature would be nearly useless.