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.
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.
"I have had the Murano Platinum with all the options for 10 months and so far I absolutely love this vehicle. It looks great, is very comfortable, and handles very well. The interior design is the product of a lot of thoughtful engineering as it is convenient, functional and attractive. I have never owned a vehicle as nice as this one. Prior to buying it, I reasearched it extensively, relying on many third party independent professional reviews. This was one of three that I selected for personal testing and pricing. I made the right choice by far."
Pros: "well worth the price, fun to drive, has good power"
Cons: "not enough cup holders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We bought the 2016 Murano in November of 2016 and I could not be more pleased. KBB and consumers are right on with their reviews about being a comfortable vehicle for 4 adults. I have 4 grandchildren ages 7-15 and the 5 of us fit very well. The ride and comfort of the seats are extremely pleasing. I have neck and back problems and coming from a 2008 Honda CRV the difference is amazing. The only negative that I have is I wish there were more cup holders. The door pocket is not quite big enough for a cup. But otherwise am extremely pleased. We took our first trip in the car recently and no neck or back issues. A happy and satisfied customer!"
"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."