The Nissan Murano is an SUV by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan. The Nissan Murano was the first CUV by Nissan and one of the first in the US.
The Nissan Murano first came out in 2003, making it one of the first crossover SUVs in the United States. The Nissan Murano was the only CUV in Nissan’s lineup until the Rogue came out in 2008. The Nissan Murano is now the third, if you count the Nissan Rogue Select as a separate CUV line.
The second generation of the Nissan Murano came out in 2009. The third generation of the Nissan Murano came out in 2015.
The Nissan Murano shares its platform with the Nissan Altima and Nissan Maxima, sharing the Nissan D platform with them. The Nissan Murano is also mechanically related to the Infiniti JX. The Nissan Murano has a 260 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 engine. The Nissan Murano has a continuously variable transmission (CVT), one of the largest vehicles to have the CVT. The Nissan Murano puts out 240 foot pounds of torque. The Nissan Murano goes zero to sixty miles per hour in just under seven seconds. The Nissan Murano has a top speed of 120 miles per hour.
The Nissan Murano has four trim levels, the S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The standard Murano has a rearview camera, rear view camera, USB port, Bluetooth, and dual zone climate control. The SV trim line adds the Nissan Connect infotainment system, remote engine start, powered driver’s seat, and USB connection ports for the rear seats. The SL trim line has leather appointed (not entirely leather) seats, the around view monitor, a Bose audio system, and adjustable ambient interior lighting. The Platinum trim level adds climate controlled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and LED beam headlights.
The Nissan Murano gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. This is better than average for an SUV.
JD Power and Associates rated the Nissan Murano as having far above average reliability in 2015.
In 2015, Kiplinger’s Magazine rated the Nissan Murano the best new or redesigned midsize crossover SUV. The 2012 Nissan Murano was recalled for problems with the tire pressure monitoring system. The 2009 Nissan Murano was recalled for problems with its electrical system software, something the Murano was recalled for in 2007 as well. The 2003 through 2007 Nissan Murano cars were recalled due to problems with the air intake ducts.
The Nissan Murano did not have reliability ratings in the 2015 Consumer Reports because the redesign was too new. As of 2015, there were no recalls for the Nissan Murano for the 2012 through 2015 model years.
The Nissan Murano started at $29,000 new in 2015; that price is for the S trim level. The SV trim level started at $32,600 new in 2015. The SL trim line cost just under $37,000 new. The Platinum trim line started at $39,000.
US News and World Reports ranked the 2015 Murano first in their list of affordable midsized SUVs.
Rivals to this car include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Edge, Dodge Journey, Volkswagen Touareg, Nissan Xterra, Toyota Highlander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Kia Sorento.
The Nissan Murano is named after Murano, Italy, though it is built in Japan and designed in La Jolla, California.
A convertible version of the Nissan Murano is called the CrossCabriolet. That came out in 2010. It ended production in 2014 due to low demand.