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 Lexus RX, 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: "Some obstructed views from front and rear pillars."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Just purchased this Murano. Traded in a 2013 Altima. I will miss the MPG of the Altima, but the versatility of the Murano makes up for the lower MPGs. Really like the Nissan brand. Lots of interior room, great cargo space when the back seats are down. Interior reminds me of a cockpit, all the controls are easily accessible. Ride quality is better than expected. Plenty of power and above average MPGs, make this a great all around vehicle. I can't wait to take the Murano on a long distance trip! Too soon to rate the reliability."
"This is my 4th Murano, and I can't say enough about the 2015! I traded in for the 2015 and the gas mileage is so much better. Love the turning radius, and the quick response in traffic. The new design is definitely a head turner! The ride is smooth and quiet, and the interior is beautiful. The seats are definitely comfortable and the design of the the Navigation package / radio is easier to manage.
I give Nissan a thumbs up on this design!"
"So far The best car I have ever owned. Love the ride love the front seats and there have been no complaints from those in the back. All the safety features are easily usable. The cameras once you get used to them make packing and backing up so much easier. The interior has no issues. What is the best is here in Fl we have Love bugs as they are called. These bugs are very damaging to the paint. The car came with a clear coating on the front that eliminates the damage those bugs can do.
I have had Lexus, Cadillac, Acura and other owners say they wished they had look at the Murano"