• Updated front and rear styling
  • More standard safety features, including Rear Door Alert
  • Platinum models get diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather
  • Three new colors
  • Prices start at $31,270

 

Hard to believe, but the Nissan Murano, one of the early players in the crossover SUV segment, has been with us now for some 16 years. Its successful recipe: offering buyers elegant style and premium features at a non-luxury price.

Now, with the debut of an updated 2019 Nissan Murano, does this still ring true? For the most part, yes, thanks to revised styling and a good number of updated features. But be warned: A fully loaded 2019 Murano Platinum can set you back $46,000.

Let’s take a quick look at what Nissan has done with the Murano for 2019.

Updated style

The 2019 Nissan Murano benefits from an updated appearance, courtesy of Nissan’s design studio in San Diego, California. In addition to a more pronounced V-motion grille, the updated third-generation Murano boasts slimmer boomerang-style LED headlights and LED taillights that are more horizontal, making the vehicle look wider.

What’s more, in addition to new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs, the new Murano is available in three new colors: Mocha Almond Pearl, Deep Blue Pearl (a color formerly exclusive to the GT-R) and Sunset Drift Chromaflair, an active hue that changes from red to gold as you walk around the vehicle. We think the Murano looks particularly sharp in the latter two colors.

Inside, Nissan has pursued a “lively, casual and chic” theme. To that end, the 2019 Murano is available with improved materials and three new colors of interior trim: Dark Wood (Platinum), Light Wood (SV, SL) and Metallic (S, SV, SL). Perhaps more significant, the flagship Nissan Murano Platinum model now has diamond-quilted semi-aniline leather on its seats. This rich-looking leather is complemented by micro-piping that also appears on the Murano’s armrests and center console lid.

New standard equipment

Two new features are standard on all 2019 Muranos: Rear Door Alert (RDA) and Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA). The former beeps the Murano’s horn if it detects that a child may have been left in the back seat when you exit the vehicle. (The system detects if a rear door is opened prior to driving. If it’s not opened again at the end of the trip, the system beeps to remind people that something, or someone, may have been left in the rear seat.) As for the driver alertness technology, it monitors individual driving habits and alerts the driver whenever drowsy driving is detected.

Other welcome tech on the 2019 Murano includes a 360-degree camera to assist parking, and Safety Shield 360. This suite of safety, security and driver-assistance technologies includes automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection), blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist and automatic rear braking. While Safety Shield 360 is standard on the Murano Platinum, it’s also a part of the Technology Package available only on the Murano SL.

More goodness: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is an 8.0-inch color display. And if you order a 2019 Murano SL or a Murano Platinum, the NissanConnect system is upgraded with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, the latter offering improved Door-to-Door navigation.

How much does the 2019 Nissan Murano cost?

As before, the Nissan Murano is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The S, with 18-inch wheels and 4 USB ports (two front, two rear), starts at $31,270. The SV, with a power driver's seat and a blind-spot monitor, begins at $34,440. The SL, with heated seats, navigation and a premium Bose stereo, begins at $39,230. The Platinum, with 20-inch dark silver wheels, a panoramic moonroof and quilted interior leather, starts at $43,530.

For the record, all-wheel drive adds only $1,600 to the cost of each 2019 Murano, so we feel it is money well spent, especially if you live in an area with inclement weather. Also, the 2019 Nissan Murano is available with two option packages. They're the $3,500 Premium Package (SV only, featuring a panoramic moonroof, a 360-degree monitor, and a Bose stereo) and the $1,790 Technology Package (SL only, featuring the panoramic moonroof, Traffic Sign Recognition, lane departure warning and automatic rear braking).

Standard 3.5-liter V6 engine

No changes are found underhood. The 5-seat Murano is still powered by Nissan’s proven 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The one transmission is a continuously variable automatic (CVT) that’s unobtrusive in casual everyday driving and is good for fuel economy, which is pegged by the EPA at a respectable 20 MPG City/28 MPG Highway/23 MPG Combined.

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The $46,000 question

So, let’s get back to our original question: Does the smooth and refined new 2019 Nissan Murano – the updated crossover SUV that continues to be built in Canton, Mississippi – remain true to the original formula of offering elegant style and premium features at a non-luxury price? Yes, it does, but the Platinum model, which can hit $46,000, certainly carries a premium price. 

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