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Editor's Overview

Dubbed by Nissan a “social lounge,” the 2015 Nissan Murano is designed to transport two sophisticated couples – and sometimes a friend – in style and comfort. In addition, the Murano offers laudable all-around handling, top fuel economy and a string of cool features.

You'll Like The 2015 Nissan Murano If...

If you consider yourself a fashionista – or if you can at least spell it –you are a candidate for the Nissan Murano. It could well be the most distinctive crossover SUV in the land.

You May Not Like The 2015 Nissan Murano If...

If you are a member of a family with multiple children, you might find other crossover SUVs, including the well-regarded Nissan Pathfinder, better suited to your all-around needs.

What's New

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.

Interior Features

The new Murano’s interior is the soul of the vehicle, beginning with comfortable (dare I say lavish?) seating in the form of Nissan’s “zero gravity” seats in all four outboard seating positions. This demonstrates quite clearly that the Murano SUV is designed to transport two adult couples, and that notion is reinforced by the addition of a rear USB port that enables the rear-seat passengers to hook up a portable music device. Natural light comes courtesy of the massive available panoramic roof, which is larger than the 2-panel roof in the previous-edition Murano. The emphasis on providing the right accommodations for two couples extends to the rear cargo area that offers an enormous 39.6-cubic-foot area with the second row of seats in place (room for four golf bags, for instance) and nearly 70 cubic feet with the rear seatback folded down.

Exterior Features

The exterior of the Murano screams, “Look at me,” and the design is filled with showy aspects like the “floating” roof, “boomerang” headlights and taillights, and body sides so heavily curved that they presented challenges in the creation of the stamping tools that make them. With a coefficient of drag of 0.31, the 2015 Murano was also sculpted with an eye on fuel economy, and the lower grille shutter, front and rear spoilers, rear tire deflectors, rear suspension fairings, and even what Nissan describes as an “optimized” fuel tank design, all found their way into the production vehicle to help the SUV establish an impressive fuel economy number.

Driving Impressions

The more we drove the new Murano the more we liked it, so the “social lounge” positioning by Nissan might actually do the SUV a disservice. As a daily commuter, it was topnotch – comfortable, nimble in traffic, equipped with an easy-to-use infotainment/navigation system, and a breeze to park. The key sign that an interior is designed properly is that it never annoys you, and that is what we discovered in the Murano. The 3.5-liter V6 engine offers 260 horsepower, and it is accompanied by the Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission with new “D-Step Logic” that gives you the impression that it is changing gears. Philosophically, some of us have difficulty understanding the desire to take power delivery that should be smooth and seamless and artificially create gear-change-like pauses, but in the 2015 Murano it feels perfectly natural and tames the weirdness that plagues some CVTs. Cornering is drama-free with reasonably high limits. The steering is fairly quick and precise, and the braking is conventionally good.

Pricing Notes

As the most highly styled of the midsize crossover SUVs, the new Murano is in many ways a less expensive alternative to luxury crossovers like the wildly popular Lexus RX and the Cadillac SRX. Its most logical competitor is the Ford Edge, which takes its styling in a completely different direction. At the writing, it is too soon to determine a Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price for the 2015 Nissan Murano, but we expect its pricing to be in line with that of the Edge and with other midsize SUVs in general. We also project a higher-than-average resale value for the Murano over time versus its domestic and Korean nameplate competitors.

Notable Equipment

Standard interior niceties include dual-zone automatic temperature control, the cushy zero-gravity seats and Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition. Nissan’s Advanced Drive-Assist Display, which incorporates a 7-inch high-resolution color readout, is also on the standards list. On the safety front, the new Murano is particularly well-equipped with an advanced airbag system that features dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seatbelt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental airbags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags with a rollover sensor, and a driver supplemental knee airbag.

Notable Options

While the base Murano S version is well-equipped, we expect most buyers of the Murano to climb the trim-level food chain because of the desirability of the additional features. Next up from the S is the Murano SV with navigation delivered on an 8-inch color monitor with multi-touch control, power-adjusted front passenger seats, remote engine start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights and roof rails. Moving to the SL nets you leather seats, Bose audio with 11 speakers including two subwoofers, Blind Spot Warning, and the terrific Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, among other goodies. The zooty Platinum edition has all the available electronic equipment we’ve spoken of plus 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a power-folding second row. Each trim level is available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Favorite Features

CONTROLS & INSTRUMENTATION

In an era when vehicle displays and controls deliver more confusion than contentment, the new Murano SUV’s 7-inch customizable display flanked by massive, round tachometer and speedometer readouts and the available 8-inch multi-touch control display is a welcome departure.

PARKING WITHOUT PEER

With four onboard cameras, three radar systems and a computerized brain, the available Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection combined with Predictive Forward Collision Warning and Cross Traffic Alert creates a parking system in which the driver is the weakest link.

Under the Hood

The only engine is the familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. It has received a re-tuning for the new model, and even more changes were made to the Xtronic continuously variable transmission that now has new “D-Step Logic.” A happy result of aerodynamics, weight reduction and drivetrain tweaking is 20-percent-better fuel economy than in the previous Murano at 21 city/28 highway/24 combined for both front-drive and all-wheel-drive SUV models.

3.5-liter V6

260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

240 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/28 mpg (FWD), 21/28 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2015 Nissan Murano is not so much an SUV as it is a rolling “social lounge,” designed to tote two empty-nester couples in style and comfort. As such, the new Murano continues in the tradition of the 1st-generation Murano, the vehicle that brought urban style to what were then referred to as “sport-utilities.” Available in both front-wheel-drive (FWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations, the dramatically shaped and luxuriously appointed 3rd-gen Murano has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year with an eye on stealing the thunder of luxury crossover SUVs like the Lexus RX and BMW X5, while being priced like a Ford Edge. Our more “mature” (read “older”) testers found the Murano a vehicle they enjoyed driving day-in and day-out.

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My favorite feature is the orange side lights that warn you not to switch lanes.

2015 Nissan Murano Platinum

I love my Nissan Murano! I love the heating and cooling options for the seats, the heated steering wheel, and the quick amount of time in which the car cools and heats. I love the backup camera, as well. I also like the various angles the camera will show so that I can be sure I am securely in a parking space. The vehicle rides very smoothly on the interstate, as well. I really enjoy the safety features of my Murano, too. On both sides of the car, an orange light will appear if another car is coming behind you so that you know it's not safe to switch lanes. This is especially helpful in a blind spot. If you do proceed to switch lanes at an unsafe time, the car will beep at you letting you know further that it is not safe. The beeping sound also occurs if you are getting too close to a car in front of you. A warning sign appears on the dashboard part where speed is recorded, too. There is also yet another safety feature that the Murano has, as well. On the interstate if you are using cruise control and are closely approaching another vehicle, it will automatically slow you down. These are among the many reasons why I love my Murano.

- Stephanie R

Perfect, safe family car!

2015 Nissan Murano

We love our Murano. We are currently a family of 3, with another baby on the way and the Murano is the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. It is so comfortable being the driver and the passenger. The back seat is roomy and comfortable and the back seats recline, which is nice. The interior really has the look and feel of a more luxury vehicle with chrome accents, etc. The back hatch/trunk is nice and roomy. I can keep our everyday essentials like sand toys, outdoor blanket, etc. And still have lots of room for what I go grocery shopping. So far it is been a great reliable car. Nice to drive and quiet on the road. I could definitely see us continuing with Murano as our family vehicle. It also feels very safe and has great safety ratings!

- Kristin S

Positive details on the Nissan Murano as a great family vehicle!

2015 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano does not have any problems. I just do not care for the way the front quarter panels stick out because I cannot see around them because I am too short and therefore have a hard time judging distance when backing up. The performance is great and the gas mileage is pretty good for a full size vehicle. The interior has lots of room as does the rear compartment. My 135 lb. Tibetan mastiff thinks there is plenty of room for him to lie down or sit up and look out. We have had no mechanical problems at all in the 3 years we have owned it. And my husband who is 6' 3" tall and 300 pounds can easily fit into it where he has problems with other makes when getting in the car. . He always hits his head on the door jambs of other vehicles.

- Sharon C

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