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.
The 2015 Nissan Murano is not so much an SUV as it is a rolling “social lounge,” designed to tote two empty-nester couples in style and comfort. As such, the new Murano continues in the tradition of the 1st-generation Murano, the vehicle that brought urban style to what were then referred to as “sport-utilities.” Available in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations, the dramatically shaped and luxuriously appointed 3rd-gen Murano has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year with an eye on stealing the thunder of luxury crossover SUVs like the Lexus RX and BMW X5, while being priced like a Ford Edge. Our more “mature” (read “older”) testers found the Murano a vehicle they enjoyed driving day-in and day-out.