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2019 Nissan Murano Review

The 2019 Nissan Murano has an upscale cabin and user-friendly features, but it ranks near the back of the midsize SUV class because of its lackluster driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch interior
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • User-friendly technology
  • Lengthy list of safety features
  • Numb steering
  • Noticeable body roll when cornering

New for 2019

  • Standard rear-seat reminder and driver drowsiness monitoring systems
  • Available pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, and rear automatic braking
  • Updated navigation system
  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling

Is the Nissan Murano a Good SUV?

The 2019 Murano is a decent SUV. It isn’t the most engaging midsize SUV to drive, and it can’t pack away as much cargo as some of its top rivals, but it makes up for that with sophisticated interior styling, cushy seats, ample passenger space, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Additionally, the Murano comes with a generous list of standard and available safety features.

Should I Buy the Nissan Murano?

The Murano hits the mark for shoppers seeking an affordable two-row SUV. This Nissan boasts a stylish, comfortable cabin with a generous list of standard and available features. If performance is high on your list of priorities, you should look elsewhere, however. For example, the Ford Edge and Toyota Highlander both have more-powerful available V6 engines than the Murano’s lone V6.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Murano?

The 2019 Murano is part of a generation that debuted for the 2015 model year, and there have been a few notable changes since then. For 2016, Nissan added a standard USB port and an optional 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, while Apple CarPlay became available in 2017 models. Nissan added standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation to the 2018 Murano.

The refreshed 2019 Murano adds standard driver drowsiness monitoring and a rear-seat reminder system. Pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and rear automatic braking are now available. Additionally, the 2019 Murano receives updated interior and exterior styling.

Though the 2019 Murano lacks the standard navigation included in the 2018 Murano, it's a better choice than previous model years. The new Murano’s cabin is more upscale than older models, and the SUV has a longer list of standard safety features. However, since the mechanics of this refreshed Murano are unchanged from earlier model years, you may want to consider saving some money with a 2017 or 2018 Murano if these changes aren’t important to you.

Don't forget to read our 2017 Murano and 2018 Murano reviews if you're interested in an older model. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 33 Nissan Murano reviews, as well as fuel economy ratings, performance specs, interior dimensions, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Murano generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Nissan Murano Cost?

Starting at $31,270, the Murano's base price is on par with many class rivals. The midlevel SV trim costs $34,440, and the top-level SL and Platinum trims go for $39,230 and $43,530, respectively. All-wheel drive costs about $1,600 more in all trims.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Nissan dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Nissan deals page.

Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Ford Edge?

Performance is the main reason to choose the Ford Edge over the Murano. Though it exhibits some body lean around corners, the Edge offers a more powerful engine and has more direct steering than the Murano. Also, its overall cargo capacity is roughly 6 cubic feet larger than the Nissan's, which is enough space for a few extra grocery bags. If you favor interior refinement, though, you’ll want to stick with the Murano. Its cabin has outstanding fit and finish, and its upper trims feature upscale materials throughout. The Murano also boasts a more up-to-date infotainment system that includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Toyota Highlander?

The Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Murano are similar SUVs but with several important differences. Both vehicles have first-rate cabins and an abundance of standard safety equipment. The Highlander, however, is a 3-row SUV (the Murano has only two rows), and it offers a more stable ride than the Murano, as well as a much larger cargo area. Additionally, the Highlander is available with a V6 engine that provides better acceleration and more power than the Murano's lone V6. However, the base Nissan has more technology features than the Toyota's, including a more advanced infotainment system with smartphone integration technology and a larger touch screen. The Highlander owes its high ranking to an excellent predicted reliability rating, which may be enough to give it the edge over the Murano.

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Murano Interior

How Many People Does the Murano Seat?

The Murano is a 2-row SUV with seating for up to five people. One of the highlights of this Nissan is its NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats in the first row and the second-row outboard seats. These seats are designed to create additional comfort and support by simulating the weightlessness of space. Head- and legroom are good in both rows, but some may wish for additional thigh support from both sets of seats.

Murano and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Murano’s rear outboard seats. The rear middle seat has an additional upper tether.

Murano Interior Quality

The Murano comes standard with cloth upholstery and features plastics throughout its cabin, which is typical for the class. However, this midsize crossover stands out for its impressive fit and finish, with lots of soft-touch materials throughout. Available trim pieces, like brushed metal and wood, along with the new-for-2019 diamond-quilted leather upholstery, add to its premium look.

Murano Cargo Space

The Murano has 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 67 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. These estimates are low compared to class rivals, but the Murano still has plenty of space. The low cargo floor makes it easier to load bulky items, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

Murano Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

There are quite a few tech goodies that come standard in the Murano, including a NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. This easy-to-use system includes a menu screen that can be customized with shortcuts to commonly used features. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and there are physical controls around the touch screen to make it easier to operate the system while driving.

Available features include HD Radio, satellite radio, voice recognition, and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system. The available navigation system is revised for 2019 and connects with your smartphone via an app to provide walking directions to your destination once you leave the vehicle.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Murano Performance

Murano Engine: Decent Power

The Murano's standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine won't wow you, but it has sufficient power for everyday driving. It's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that mimics the smooth shifts of a traditional automatic transmission. That said, there is quite a bit of engine noise at high speeds.

Murano Gas Mileage: Great Among Rivals

The 2019 Murano gets an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These estimates are above average for the class.

Murano Ride and Handling: Comfortable, but Dull

The Murano is a comfort-focused SUV with fairly compliant handling, but there are notable downsides to this Nissan's performance. The numb steering can make it difficult to keep the Murano straight. It also has noticeable body lean when cornering and during quick maneuvers. The available 20-inch wheels may also make the ride feel choppy over bumpy roads. The base trim comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available in every trim.

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Murano Reliability

Is the Nissan Murano Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Murano a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Nissan Murano Warranty

The Murano comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Murano Safety

Murano Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Murano five out of five stars for its overall safety. The Murano received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to perform crash tests on the 2019 Murano.

Murano Safety Features

Nissan beefed up the number of standard advanced safety features for the 2019 Murano, adding a driver drowsiness monitor and a rear-seat reminder system. Other standard features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. New for 2019, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights are also available.

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Which Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

The Murano comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base S trim has a good number of standard features, including the Nissan Connect infotainment system and a driver drowsiness monitoring system. However, you may want to consider spending a bit more for the midrange SV trim. This model adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and power-adjustable front seats. If you're looking for more luxurious amenities, like heated front seats and leather upholstery, you'll have to opt for the SL or Premium trim levels. All-wheel drive is available in all trims for around $1,600.

Nissan Murano S

The S trim costs $31,270 and comes with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, six speakers, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. It also comes with a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rear-seat reminder system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Nissan Murano SV

Starting at $34,440, the SV trim features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, remote start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. A Premium package is available. It adds an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights.

Nissan Murano SL

The Murano SL starts at $39,230 and adds navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system. Comfort-oriented features include a heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats. A hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, and LED fog lights are available. A Technology package is also available and comes with a panoramic moonroof, high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, rear automatic braking, and pedestrian automatic braking.

Nissan Murano Platinum

The Platinum trim costs $43,530 and adds diamond-quilted leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, high-beam assist, and Nissan Connect services.

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The Final Call

There’s a lot to like about the 2019 Murano, especially its upscale cabin and lengthy list of standard and available safety features. A relaxed ride helps make this a good choice for a daily driver, but those looking for a midsize SUV with athletic handling, zippy acceleration, or an expansive cargo area will want to consider one of its competitors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Murano isn't a whole lot different than its predecessor, but really, it didn't need to be. Easy to drive, quiet and comfortable inside and really appealing to look at, the Murano continues to be a stylish, five-passenger offering for hungry CUV shoppers." -- CNET
  • Unfortunately, this 2019 model year update doesn’t go far enough for the Murano to definitively defend its turf. But as I said, if you like the way the Murano looks, and you like the way it drives, then you’ll probably be quite happy with it over time." -- New York Daily News
  • That interior is really what makes the case for the Murano, because otherwise the … crossover is just average. The Hyundai Santa Fe offers a much better price … and the Ford Edge is sportier. But if style and comfort are the paramount concerns, there's a case for the Murano." -- Autoblog


Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 22, 2019

Falling Sales: The Nissan Murano sits in the lower half of the midsize SUV sales race, and sales have dipped by 16.1 percent this year compared to the same span in 2018. 

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