The 2015 Nissan Murano has gone through a full redesign and now includes a "floating roof" design language (Platinum trim shown).
Completely redesigned for 2015, the Murano is the most appealing mid-size SUV in its segment to own and drive according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout. (APEAL) StudySM.
- MSRP: $38,550
- Tested Price: $41,905 (MSRP plus $885 destination fee and $2,470 option list, which includes the Technology Package and floor mats with cargo area protector)
- 3.5-liter V6 engine mated a CVT (continuously variable transmission)
- 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. of torque
- 21 mpg in the city
- 28 mpg on the highway
- 24 mpg combined
- Cargo Room: 32.1-cubic feet behind second row seats; 67-cubic feet with rear seats down
- Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs.
Our test vehicle came with the Technology Package ($2,260), which includes a panoramic sunroof, active cruise control, forward collision warning and forward emergency braking. The vehicle also came with a Floor Mats and Cargo Area Protector accessory suite ($210), which includes four carpeted floor mats and a large carpeted cargo area mat.
- Murano delivers luxury-like ride quality by soaking up bumps and moving quietly at speed
- Plenty of storage and charging ports, for both front and rear passengers, including right-sized holds for smartphones
- Extremely comfortable seating, wrapped in dark brown leather with white contrast stitching, is a nice change from standard beige-colored seating
- Rear seats drop quickly with the pull of a lever from the cargo area, speeding up cargo duties
- Medium-weighted steering provides just enough feedback from the road to prevent the driving experience from feeling numb
- Active cruise control works well, bringing the Murano to a complete standstill in commuter traffic when needed
- Blind spot warning and predictive forward collision warning (and braking) offer seamless integration without too many audible alerts
- Top-view cameras monitoring system lowers anxiety when parking a vehicle of this size
- Engine tends to drone when pushed, and does always provide adequate acceleration
- During emergency maneuvers, the lateral handling of the Murano can feel somewhat heavy and unsettled
- Massive blind spots in the C-pillars makes the use of the top-view camera monitoring system a must-have expense
In regards to value retention, the Murano sits in last place (out of 21) within our three-year-old mid-size utility segment by holding 48% of its value in 2015. The Murano underperforms the segment value retention average score of 55% for 2015.
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