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.
Nissan describes the 2016 Murano as a “social lounge” and who are we to disagree? This is not, exactly, a family
SUV, but aimed more at style-conscious adults looking for supple comfort, quiet refinement, a full complement of features, driving ease, assured capability, peace of mind and all at a reasonable price. Extravagantly shaped outside, luxuriously finished inside, the Murano is available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), powered by a silky 3.5-liter V6 and outfitted with every technological feature the market, and the buyers, demand. Fully competitive with the
BMW X5 and others, it’s priced more in line with a Chevy Traverse or
Ford Edge. Here’s a clue: The more we drove it, the more we liked it.
Cons: "maybe two tone paint ooutside to add more style"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I received mind Aug 5 2016 and have loved driving it and when I get home I think of another place I can go in it. Best in comfort so far. Love the style do not see yourself coming all the time. Has all the thing you would want in a suv with style. It may be a little smaller than my last car but I and getting use to it now. The seats are so comfortable. I tried all of the others and this one came out to be the winner in price and style. Just right for me I had a MKX and it is better by far than my Lincoln. So if you want a stylish crossover this is it. Only thing I would have wanted on it is the steering wheel to be trimmed in wood tones. It is wrapped in leather."
"We traded in our 2009 Traverse after our daughter graduated college and moved out, leaving us with one remaining teenager in our household. We no longer required a 3rd row and opted to downsize to a 2-row SUV. After test driving the Grand Cherokee, Acura RDX, Ford Edge and Murano, the Murano was the clear winner. We purchased a black Platinum model in December 2015 and got about $5,000 off the sticker price. This has been the best vehicle we've ever owned. First, the seats are the most comfortable I've ever experienced. We've taken a few long trips (>4 hours) and never became uncomfortable. The rear passengers get the same level of comfort, though those seats are only heated (not cooled like the front). The cameras and radar are terrific and make parking a breeze. There is ample power for acceleration and passing, and the CVT works quite well. I strongly recommend this to anyone considering a 2-row SUV. If you drive it, you'll want it."
"I had read great reviews and decided to take a look. I had had a Lexus RX, Lexus SC, and more recently a Ford Taurus AWD. I have to say I was not expecting to choose this car. I need AWD and was going back and forth between the handling of a car and the convenience of an SUV. I was headed toward Infinity after stopping at Honda, Toyota, and Ford. I was very pleasantly surprised. It is quite comfortable, stylish, plenty power, just the right size (not too big or small) and should have decent mpg. Still trying to navigate some of the buttons and navigation but all in all pretty easy and carefree so far. What will make it even better is if the reliability is good. I purchased this vehicle and hope to keep it for a while...not sure if it matters as much what vehicle you buy if you lease. The true test comes after a couple years."