|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Nissan Murano
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.3 sec||15.7 sec @ 92 mph||21/28/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2015 Nissan Murano
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.3 sec||15.6 sec @ 92 mph||21/28/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.6 sec @ 91.8 mph||21/28/22.8 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 93.3 mph||21/28/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.8 sec||16.0 sec @ 90.5 mph||21/28/21.7 mpg||Motor Trend|
2011 Nissan Murano
|CrossCabriolet||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.9 sec||16.2 sec @ 92 mph||17/22/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|CrossCabriolet||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.7 sec||16.0 sec @ 89.1 mph||17/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|CrossCabriolet||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||9.4 sec||17.7 sec @ 90 mph||17/22/---- mpg||Motor Week|
2009 Nissan Murano
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||6.9 sec||15.4 sec @ 92 mph||18/23/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 91 mph||18/23/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.3 sec||15.8 sec @ 91 mph||18/23/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.3 sec||15.6 sec @ 91.6 mph||18/23/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SL||3.5L V6||FWD||CVT||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 91.2 mph||18/23/17.7 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 92 mph||18/23/21 mpg||Motor Week|
2006 Nissan Murano
|SE||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.7 sec||16.0 sec @ 87.2 mph||17/23/19.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
2003 Nissan Murano
|SE||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 87 mph||18/23/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 88 mph||18/23/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||8.1 sec||15.89 sec @ 88.43 mph||18/23/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SL||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.0 sec||15.6 sec @ 90 mph||18/23/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Nissan Murano
Just about every car industry insider remembers how it felt like when the Nissan Murano first came out back in 2003. At the time, the predominant trend for the SUVs and crossovers were mostly boring, as they all seemed to look like different versions of a box. But then came the Murano and the styling landscape for the category was revolutionized.
The original Murano’s effect on the buyers was galvanizing, to say the least. You couldn’t take your eyes off its bold looks. You’ve got the slippery hood, the wheels were wedged into the corners, the rear hatch was rounded, and the large-bore dual exhausts couldn’t be ignored.
The whole look defined the Murano, and somehow through the years the designers were hesitant to change the look even when they came out with the 2nd generation. After all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
But now that same old look is becoming just a bit boring, and the Nissan designers knew it. It’s not that the sales figures were dipping—the 2014 Murano sales even went up by 39%—but it was just a matter of time. The Murano simply wasn’t all that unique anymore in its class, as some of its competitors borrowed its design flourishes for their own SUVs and crossovers.
So the Murano designers decided that Murano stood for freshness in design. And since it’s no longer fresh with so many imitators, the designers went for a whole new look for the 3rd generation, and in the process repeated the same effect the Murano had on the industry more than a decade ago. After all, Nissan offers as many as 8 different SUVs and crossovers, and they consider the Murano the flagship among the Utes in the lineup. It may as well look the part.
The Look of the New Murano
The panels of the 2015 Murano is a wonder to behold, as it seems so full of curves and creases, like the muscles on a bodybuilder. The fenders, rear shoulders, and the D-pillar are all sculpted in intricate detail, and they all support the “floating roof” design admirably. This is absolutely not a box on wheels.
The premium look is carried inside as well. The goal for the interior is to create what Nissan calls a “premium social lounge” for the Murano. So what we have here are truly eye-pleasing touches and comfortable settings. Even the acoustics and sound flow from the front to rear rows were accounted for.
The Murano is available in 4 trims (S, SV, SL, and Platinum) and the price ranges from $29,560 to at least $39,000. For those with a hankering for champagne settings (with Coca Cola budgets), the SL and Platinum finishes can match what the luxury SUVs offer. You have graphite interiors with brushed silver metal, which on a closer look seems like wood grain. Then you have beige upholstery with marble-like trim on the consoles and doors. They’re absolutely fab, and they’re not like anything you’ll find in a similarly priced utility vehicle.
The central dash display offers hi-res graphics that blow away the screen in an Infiniti Q70, and you use it like a tablet as you can set up the icons in the way you want. The screen offers controls for the sound system and the navigation, but for a nice balance the climate control still uses hard buttons.
The Comfort Level in the Murano
For those who are interested, the Murano comes with a 3.5-litre engine with CVT and offers 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to offer a smooth ride and sufficient power for steep roads. You can also get safety options like Moving Object Detection, forward collision warning, blind spot monitors, and even a display showing 360 degrees.
But in reality, all you need to know is that you have sufficient power to get from point A to point B. With the Murano, the real point is that you get to where you want in comfort.
So aside from the pleasing interior, you’ve got ambient lighting and even the vaunted “zero gravity: effect in both the front and the rear. The Nissan researchers have found a way to counter all those pressure points that leave people uncomfortable after a few hours on the road. In the Murano, your tushies will all feel fine.
So did Nissan succeed in reinvigorating the Murano? Yes, it did. In fact, Popular Science named the 2015 Murano an award winner for “Best of What’s New”. Do Murano fans love the new look? It’s a very different Murano in terms of styling, and fans of the old look may not be so enamored of the radical makeover. But if you take Murano to mean “revolutionary styling”, then this 2015 Murano fits the description to a T. Love it or hate it, it is definitely going to turn heads everywhere.
To learn more about Nissan Murano, visit the official Nissan website.
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