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8.3

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
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2018 Nissan Murano Review

Great safety scores and an exceptionally lavish and comfortable interior contribute to the 2018 Nissan Murano's ranking in the middle of the hypercompetitive midsize SUV class. Its lack of agility keeps it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • High-end cabin
  • Extremely comfortable seats
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Fuel-efficient for a V6 SUV
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Slow steering response

New for 2018

  • Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and the NissanConnect infotainment system now standard
  • Shuffled features in upper trims

Is the Nissan Murano a Good SUV?

The Nissan Murano is a good midsize SUV. You won't find many class rivals that can match its interior quality, and its great gas mileage estimates make it a fine commuter vehicle. Its positive reviews, generous list of family-friendly features, and roomy cabin made it a finalist for our Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. It was also a finalist for our Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award because of its combination of good value and quality.

Should I Buy the Nissan Murano?

The Murano is a great buy if you're looking for a feature-filled, comfy, and lavish midsize SUV. Its reasonable base price and excellent crash safety scores make it even more appealing. However, performance-minded drivers will probably be happier with a sportier competitor, as the Murano's performance is pretty uninspiring.

Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Murano?

The Murano was last fully redesigned for the 2015 model year, and only a few minor changes have been made since. Nissan added Apple CarPlay to the 2017 model and made automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and an 8-inch touch-screen NissanConnect infotainment system standard for 2018. If these additions aren't that appealing to you, you may want to shop for an older model to save money.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Nissan Murano. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 35 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 35 Nissan Murano reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and more to help you decide if the 2018 Murano is the right option for you. This 2018 Nissan Murano overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Nissan Murano Cost?

Prices for the 2018 Murano start at $30,800, which is one of the lowest starting prices in the class. The range-topping Platinum trim is priced at $42,230.

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Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Ford Edge?

Featuring carlike handling, precise steering, and a composed ride around turns, the Ford Edge is a thrilling SUV to drive. You can also opt for the Edge Sport for increased agility. While the Edge's base engine has a decent amount of power for everyday driving, two more-powerful engines are available. You'll want to stick with the Murano if you favor interior refinement over performance, though. The Edge has fewer features and a lower-grade cabin.

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Nissan Rogue?

At about $6,000 less than the Murano, the Nissan Rogue – a compact SUV – is a good, budget-friendly alternative. The Rogue has many of the same standard and available features that you'll find in the Murano. Additionally, the Rogue offers optional ProPILOT Assist – a semiautonomous driver assistance feature that is unavailable in the Murano. The Rogue also has a bit more cargo space than the Murano, and it’s more fuel-efficient as well. However, the Rogue suffers from a noisy transmission and slow acceleration. You'll also get higher safety scores and a little more passenger space in the Murano.

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Murano Interior

How Many People Does the Murano Seat?

The Murano can seat five on standard cloth or optional leather-appointed seats. Upper trims have heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Murano's NASA-inspired "Zero Gravity" seats are intended to cushion and contour your body into in a neutral position. The seats are very comfortable in both rows, though tall adults in the back may wish there were more thigh support. The back seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, however.

Murano and Car Seats

There's a full set of LATCH child car-seat connectors on each of the outboard rear seats, along with an upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated this LATCH system as Acceptable (the second-best possible score) for its ease of use.

Murano Interior Quality

Climb inside the Murano's cabin, and you may feel like you're in a more expensively badged SUV. This Nissan has one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, with handsome interior styling and first-rate materials. There are no hard-touch plastics to be found, unlike in many rivals.

Murano Cargo Space

Like most midsize SUVs, the Murano has ample cargo room, with up to 67 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. With the seats down, the load floor is flat and low to the ground, making it easy to load heavy or bulky cargo. Higher trims come with a hands-free power liftgate.

Murano Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

All models come standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and navigation. This system is very easy to use thanks to intuitive menus and quick responses to inputs. Further adding to its appeal are digital buttons that always remain on the screen for frequently used settings. The center stack has a few physical knobs for tuning audio settings as well.

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Murano Performance

Murano Engine: Decent Power

A 3.5-liter V6 is the only engine available for the Murano. It has adequate power for driving around town and cruising along the highway, though it's not one of the most potent engines in the class. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard, and while it makes smooth use of the V6's power, it can be loud when heading up hills or accelerating quickly.

Murano Gas Mileage: Skip Trips to the Pump

Few midsize SUVs are as fuel-efficient as the Murano, which gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Murano Ride and Handling: Comfortable, Not Sporty

The Murano offers a comfortable ride for daily commuting, though the available 20-inch wheels make the ride rougher. In daily driving, this SUV remains composed around turns but feels less steady when taking sharp turns. Many competitors offer sporty handling and more engaging steering. The Murano has a fairly wide turning radius, which can prove problematic when trying to maneuver in confined areas. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive is available in all trim levels.

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Murano Reliability

Is the Nissan Murano Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Murano a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is considered average.

Nissan Murano Warranty

The 2018 Nissan Murano is covered by 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 2018 Murano earns a Good rating (the highest possible) in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test. Many rival midsize SUVs earn similar ratings. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards the Murano four out of five stars in frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test, leading to a four-star overall rating.

Murano Safety Features

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera come standard in the base Murano. Higher trim levels add blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a 360-degree camera.

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Which Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

Since the base S trim has many standard features along with the lowest price, it represents the best value in the Murano lineup. If you bump up one trim level to the SV model, however, you get a couple more driver assistance features and the optional Premium package can add many more. You'll need to buy the SL or Platinum models to get leather upholstery or heated seats.

All models come with a V6 engine, an automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive ($1,600) is optional.

Nissan Murano S

The Murano S starts at $30,800 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera.

Nissan Murano SV

Priced at $34,100, the SV model adds power-adjustable front seats, remote start, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Premium package ($2,790) adds a panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a 360-degree camera.

Nissan Murano SL

The $38,500 SL trim gets you leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, and a 360-degree camera.

A panoramic moonroof ($1,420) is optional.

Nissan Murano Platinum

The top-of-the-line Platinum model costs $42,230 and comes equipped with ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a panoramic moonroof, and a hands-free power liftgate.

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The Final Call

Buyers who value a high-class interior will find a lot to like about the 2018 Nissan Murano. The cabin's first-rate materials wouldn't be out of place in a luxury-badged model, and its pillowy seats and numerous advanced tech features add to its high-end appeal. The Murano provides a smooth ride and great gas mileage, but others in the midsize SUV class offer a more engaging driving experience.

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

  • "The Murano is refined on the road, handles surprisingly well for its size and offers up the latest in driver-assist and in-car entertainment systems. And while the Murano doesn't offer a 3rd-row seat, we think given its size such a feature would be nearly useless." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The 2016 Nissan Murano is a pleasant and versatile five-passenger midsize crossover with ample room for all passengers. It is a smart choice if you want an upscale, V6-powered crossover without having to pay a premium for a luxury brand." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The 2015 Nissan Murano's rich interior and luxurious ride take what was already a nice crossover into new, premium territory. High fuel economy, a spacious interior, and relatively affordable pricing make it fully competitive with mainstream crossovers, but it also feels special enough to make us think twice about paying extra for a luxury badge." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: November 16, 2018

Rising Sales: Sales of the Nissan Murano place in the lower half of the midsize SUV sales race, but are up 17.6 percent compared to this point a year ago. Still, the Murano can’t catch up to its compact SUV brother, the Nissan Rogue. Right now, the Rogue is outselling the Murano nearly 5 to 1.

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