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Editor's Overview

Although it’s unchanged for 2014, the Nissan Murano still stands out among crossover SUVs with its sporty looks and the powertrain employed beneath its curvaceous skin – a standard V6 engine and continuously variable transmission. The Murano’s creature comforts and engaging driving manners are also highlights, but the convertible CrossCabriolet version continues to baffle buyers.

You'll Like The 2014 Nissan Murano If...

If you’re looking for a crossover SUV that has sports-car styling, nimble handling, and room for people and cargo, the 2014 Nissan Murano is a tempting choice. If you’re tempted by the CrossCabriolet version, well, let’s just say that you’ll stand out.

You May Not Like The 2014 Nissan Murano If...

If miserly mpg, a conventional automatic transmission or 3rd-row seats are among your SUV priorities, the 2014 Murano may not be for you. Vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Kia Sorento have higher mpg ratings and lower starting prices, while others – the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander – offer 3-row seating.

What's New

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.

Interior Features

The Murano’s 5-passenger interior shines in both quality and design, especially in higher-trim models. The front and rear seats are firm and supportive, and the leather used in SL and LE trims feels as if it could have come from Nissan’s Infiniti premium brand. Dash controls are arranged well, except for the location of buttons for the available heated steering wheel and power liftgate. The cargo hold provides over 31 cubic feet of storage capacity, an amount that more than doubles with the rear seats folded forward. The CrossCabriolet has a 4-passenger interior, and its rear seats do not fold.

Exterior Features

The Murano has been around for over a decade with only minimal styling updates, but its profile still looks fresh and contemporary for 2014. It’s a sporty design that begins with sweeping headlight enclosures, a high beltline, wide fender flares and a muscular rear highlighted by twin exhaust outlets, hexagonal rear window and wraparound taillights. Introduced three years ago, the 2-door CrossCabriolet bills itself as “the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible.” Visibility is limited with the top up, and this strange platypus of an automobile is odd indeed, an answer to a question few were asking.

Driving Impressions

We are impressed overall with the Nissan Murano’s road manners. The SUV’s stout V6 easily tackles hills, and its CVT automatic transmission holds torque at peak levels until you let off the throttle. The Murano’s handling is on par with the best in its class. Steering and brake response are excellent, and a stiff suspension minimizes body roll in cornering and quick transitions. On the flip side, that stiff suspension can translate to a rougher ride on patchy pavement. Rear passengers may find it difficult to get comfortable, though the reclining seats help. The foregoing applies to the conventional Murano. The CrossCabriolet is heavier and not nearly as nimble as the conventional hardtop versions.

Pricing Notes

With the exception of the CrossCabriolet, Nissan Murano prices are unchanged for 2014. The basic front-drive Murano S has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,300. A loaded Murano LE with all-wheel drive, Platinum package and rear-seat DVD entertainment system is almost $45,000. Nissan has trimmed the CrossCabriolet MSRP by $2,545, to $43,715. Murano pricing is a little lower than the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander V6, and higher than the Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox and Kia Sorento models with V6 engines. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport also has a lower starting price, including the 264-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder version. Before you buy, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2014 Nissan Murano. We expect the Murano to retain its value well, but for its residuals to not quite match those of the Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot.

Notable Equipment

The 2014 Nissan Murano comes in four trim levels, with front-wheel drive (FWD) standard or the option of all-wheel drive (AWD). Base S versions come with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button starting, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD changer with auxiliary input, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Other trim levels (SV, SL, LE), include Bluetooth connectivity, roof rails, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, illuminated steering-wheel audio controls, a vehicle security system and power front seats. Murano CrossCabriolets come in just one well-equipped trim that includes all-wheel drive, Bose premium sound system, leather seats (heated up front) and a heated steering wheel.

Notable Options

Major options for the 2014 Murano are bundled according to trim, with higher versions receiving features such as leather interior, power front seats and color monitor with rearview camera display. AWD is optional on every trim and standard on the Murano CrossCabriolet convertible. A navigation package on SL and CrossCabriolet models adds a touch-screen system along with Bluetooth streaming audio. A similar bundle called Platinum Edition on top-level LE trims includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Accessories include roof-rail crossbars to accommodate extra gear, and dual 7-inch LCD monitors with DVD playback for rear-seat entertainment.

Favorite Features

POWER-RETURN REAR SEATSIn addition to folding with the pull of a lever, in SL and LE trims the Murano’s 60/40 split rear seats have a power-return feature that automatically brings them back up. Instead of arm wrestling with upholstery and seatbacks, all you have to do is press a button.POWER LIFTGATEVehicles in this class are all about utility, and this optional feature adds to the Murano’s usefulness. Increasingly common in SUVs, the power rear hatch makes loading and unloading easier, and also keeps hands clean – no need to put both hands on dirty sheet metal to close the gate.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes an ample 260 horsepower in regular models and slightly more in the heavier CrossCabriolet version. All Muranos use Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. CVTs essentially feel like a 1-speed automatic and take a little getting used to, since there are no traditional shift points, and in hard acceleration it sometimes takes a while for the transmission to catch up with the engine. The Murano is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, but here again the CrossCabriolet is an exception, as Nissan says towing is not recommended for that model. Fuel economy is a little behind the leading edge for vehicles in this class.3.5-liter V6260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (FWD), 18/23 mpg (AWD) 3.5-liter V6 (CrossCabriolet)265 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 mpg

Editors' Notes

As it did when introduced over a decade ago, the 2014 Nissan Murano SUV offers trend-setting looks and features that others are just beginning to implement. The Murano continues to buck the blocky-SUV style in favor of a rounded, organic shape. As it has from the start, this 5-passenger carryall uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a setup that tends to deliver better fuel economy than traditional automatics. Available with front- or all-wheel drive, the Nissan Murano has a strong V6 engine and a driver-oriented suspension that help set it apart from competitors such as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Chevrolet Equinox. Another Murano distinction is the CrossCabriolet, a 4-passenger convertible that’s unique in this class.

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Have had a lot of cars but this car is truly the car for reliability.

2014 Nissan Murano

No problems. It has taken us on trips and is great on gas. Very easy and comfortable to drive. It runs so quiet we have left it on when we went to eat, when we were done and came out saw radio light was on then realized it was still running. We have had it for 3 years and nothing serious has been wrong. We got flat tire is about it. We have drove off-road for a eight mile drive and no problems. It is nice it is all wheel drive don't have to worry where we drive it because it goes on any kind of road. We have drove high in the mountains and never cuts out and transmission gets us up in high altitude easy. Glad to say it is a great car for anyone who goes on trips in mountains or just to travel in. It has plenty of room to lay back and sleep and good size when taking your pets with you. There is plenty of room when your buying big items doesn't look like a lot but there is plenty of room. We are very happy with this SUV and we don't worry when we go on trips we know it will get us there. We have even slept in the front bucket seats they lay back far enough you don't feel cramped. They come with a lot of good features, air and heat vents for back seat radio is very nice sound, easy to put down back seat only one lever. The gas mileage is great and the air is the best we live in Vegas and need great air conditioning and never gets engine overheated. Just love this car. . .

- Beverly G

Roomy and sporty mini SUV. Fun to drive. Lots of space and good-looking.

2014 Nissan Murano LE

When I purchased the car in 2018, it only had 22,000 miles and I am the second owner. It is very comfortable and attractive. It is dark blue with gold pinstripes. The wheels are sporty. The interior is beige. All the rear windows are tinted. I added tinting to the front passenger and drivers side windows. Including the eyebrow of the windshield. I like the power. It picks up speed easily. No lagging at all. I drive cross-country one to two times a year and I am able to cross the Rockies and cascades with ease. It is a six cylinder and averages twenty two miles to the gallon. The interior is roomy. Plenty of room for my kids and grandson in the back seat. In the front passenger seat is also roomy and has individual climate control. The cargo area is spacious. I can fit approximately 15 loaded grocery bags. The controls are convenient and easy to use. The control panel is visible and east to read. One gauge tells you when it is due for maintenance. My only complaint is that is difficult to defog the front window. When I turn on the defrost the window does not clear quickly and you cannot wipe with a cloth. It seems to be in between the layers of glass. Possibly the windshield is failing. However, I believe this is a quirk of my car only and not a problem with all Muranos. I love it and plan to drive it for 10 years. I would definitely buy again.

- Kari B

My 2014 Nissan murano the good and not so good side of this family SUV.

2014 Nissan Murano SV

This was one of my first pick when choosing a family car, we needed more room than my husband's truck and something that was better on gas. I like how when we decide to go on trips how much room there is in the back for all our things, I have 2 car seats in the back seat but that does not leave much room for anyone to see in the middle seat. I wish the front seat headrest moved back with the seat more or that they could be adjusted in different way, I find that it in a little uncomfortable when driving for a long time. I find that it is great on gas and I love the backup camera, however I wish that there was a way I could hook my phone up to play my music list. Overall I would say that it is a great car for a small family.

- Lindsay R

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