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2020 Nissan Murano Review

The 2020 Nissan Murano faces tough competition from rivals with sharper handling and fresher cabin styling. For these reasons, it sits in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings.  

Pros & Cons

  • Plush, roomy cabin
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Poor steering feedback
  • Noticeable body roll when cornering
  • Dated interior styling

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Nissan Murano's #15 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 43 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Is the Nissan Murano a Good SUV?

The two-row 2020 Murano is a good midsize SUV. Though it has an upscale, roomy cabin with comfortable seats and an abundance of cutting-edge tech and safety features, the Murano hasn’t gone through a redesign since the 2015 model year. As a result, it looks rather dull next to its class competitors. Also, this Nissan's cargo space is low for the segment.

Engine performance is good once the Murano gets moving, but when pulling away from stops or moving around town, it feels a bit sluggish. This Nissan is a comfortable SUV, even on long drives, but there’s notable body roll around corners and very little feedback from the steering.

Should I Buy the Nissan Murano?

The 2020 Murano is worth checking out if you’re shopping for a comfortable midsize SUV. Its cabin is pleasant on lengthy journeys, and its V6 engine is decent, despite the Murano being a little timid off the line. For about the same price, however, you can get the Kia Telluride, which has a smooth ride and larger cargo area. Consider the Mazda CX-9 if you want a sportier SUV that offers better handling and punchier engines.

Compare the Murano, Telluride, and CX-9 »

Should I Buy a New or Used Nissan Murano?

The 2020 Murano belongs to a generation that dates back to the 2015 model year. For 2016, a USB port became standard, and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system was added to the options list. Nissan made Apple CarPlay available in 2017 models, and it added forward collision warning with brake assist, the NissanConnect infotainment system, and navigation to the Murano's standard features list for 2018.

We recommend a 2019 or 2020 Murano. For 2019, Nissan refreshed the interior and exterior styling. It also added driver drowsiness monitoring and a rear-seat reminder system to the Murano's list of standard features. Pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and rear automatic emergency braking became available that year. However, the 2019 Murano does not come with the navigation system that was standard in the 2018 model. That said, you can find this feature in upper trims.

Be sure to read our 2017 Murano, 2018 Murano, and 2019 Murano reviews if you're interested in an older used 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: 43 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 43 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 2020.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain unbiased, we never accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and another company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Nissan Murano Cost?

The 2020 Murano has a base price of $31,530, which is about average for the midsize SUV class. The top-level Murano Platinum starts at $43,730.

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Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge and the Murano finish near one another in our midsize SUV rankings. The Edge is more exciting to drive than the Murano. Although both SUVs exhibit some body roll around corners, the Edge feels more planted to the pavement. The Edge has two engine choices, one of which is a potent 335-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. It also has about 6 more cubic feet of cargo space than the Nissan. Both SUVs feature user-friendly infotainment systems, but the Murano has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Choose the Edge for better handling and a bit more cargo room, or go with the Murano to get more standard features.

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Toyota Highlander?

Both the Toyota Highlander and the Murano have well-made cabins and an abundance of standard safety features, but the Toyota is a three-row SUV that has much more seating and cargo space than the Nissan. Additionally, the Highlander's V6 engine is more powerful and provides quicker acceleration than the Murano's V6. These rival SUVs both have user-friendly infotainment systems and slightly above-average predicted reliability. They sit neck and neck in our rankings, so choosing between them will probably come down to your preference or how many seats you need.

Compare the Murano, Edge, and Highlander »

Murano Interior

How Many People Does the Murano Seat?

The Murano is a two-row SUV with seating for five. Head- and legroom are generous throughout the cabin. Nissan’s “Zero Gravity” seats are a highlight of this crossover. They come standard in both rows and provide outstanding comfort.  However, the middle seat in the back is not a Zero Gravity seat.

Murano and Car Seats

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

Murano Interior Quality

The Murano comes standard with cloth upholstery, and there are many soft-touch surfaces and faux wood trim that set the SUV apart from less-refined competitors. That said, the cabin doesn’t look as modern as many competitors.

Murano Cargo Space

There's 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Murano's rear seats and 67 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Although many class rivals have larger cargo bays, there’s still plenty of room for a bike or similarly bulky items in the Murano. The cargo space is easy to load and access, and a hands-free liftgate is available.

Murano Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2020 Murano’s standard features list is loaded with goodies, including the NissanConnect infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, voice recognition, six speakers, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Available features include an HD Radio, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, and navigation.

The user-friendly NissanConnect system includes a bright touch screen that can be customized with shortcuts for frequently used features. For some functions, you can use physical controls instead of the touch screen.

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

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Murano Performance

Murano Engine: Decent Power on the Highway

With its standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, the Murano is a little slow to accelerate from a stop. But after you get going, this engine does a good job of delivering the power needed to keep up with traffic and pass other vehicles on the highway. This engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that is one of the best on the market.

Murano Gas Mileage: Admirable

According to the EPA, the 2020 Murano gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That’s impressive for a midsize SUV, especially considering many rivals have smaller four-cylinder engines that are worse on gas.

Murano Ride and Handling: Comfortable, but Dull

The Murano is an SUV that focuses more on ride comfort than athletic cornering abilities. This Nissan has stable handling, but it's not an SUV you can throw into turns. The steering lacks feedback, and there’s a good amount of body roll around corners. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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Murano Reliability

Is the Nissan Murano Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Murano a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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 2020 Murano an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Murano received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Murano.

Murano Safety Features

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Also standard is a rear-seat reminder system that alerts you if you may have accidentally left something in the rear seat after exiting the vehicle.

Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights.

Read more about safety »

Nissan Murano Dimensions and Weight

The Nissan Murano is 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,823 to 4,129 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is between 5,110 to 5,280 pounds.

Where Is the Nissan Murano Built?

Nissan builds the 2020 Murano in Mississippi.

Which Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

Four trims are available: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Each is equipped with a V6 engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in every trim for an extra $1,600.

The base trim has a good assortment of features, including a user-friendly infotainment system with smartphone integration, as well as USB ports for the whole family. It also comes with a handful of safety features, including a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, and forward collision warning with brake assist.

If you want more safety features, go for the SV trim, which adds blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. For amenities like heated front seats and leather upholstery, choose the SL or Premium.

Nissan Murano S

The S trim costs $31,530 and comes with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, voice recognition, six speakers, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rear-seat reminder system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

For $650, you can opt for the Technology package. It adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Nissan Murano SV

Starting at $35,160, the SV trim builds on the features of the S trim, adding a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, and remote start. It also comes with all the features included in the Technology package, plus adaptive cruise control.

The Premium package is available for $2,350. It adds a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, a surround-view parking camera system, LED fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, synthetic leather upholstery, and heated front seats.  

Nissan Murano SL

The Murano SL starts at $39,360 and adds an upgraded NissanConnect infotainment system with navigation, HD Radio, and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system. It also comes with traffic sign recognition and a surround-view parking camera system.

Comfort-oriented features that you'll get in the SL trim include genuine leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar support, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats.

Nissan Murano Platinum

The Platinum trim costs $43,730. It comes with a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, diamond-quilted leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and NissanConnect services.

See 2020 Nissan Murano specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Murano is a good choice in midsize SUV class. This comfortable and roomy crossover is good for commuting, but the interior needs a refresh. Still, it's a well-built, roomy, and comfortable place to be. The Murano's V6 engine has plenty of power, but it doesn't feel like it from a stop. Once you get up to speed, however, there’s plenty of gusto to keep up with traffic and pass other vehicles. While the Murano is a decent SUV, there are many better options available.

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

  • "Up against newer competitors like the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Honda Passport and the Ford Edge, the Murano still looks pretty good, although it does come up short when it comes to off-road capability and overall utility, instead prioritizing style and on-road prowess. With more SUVs riding like stiff performance sedans, those seeking isolation from the harsh realities of today's roads may find the 2020 Murano to be exactly what they're looking for." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 9, 2020

Strong Sales: The Nissan Murano finished in the lower third of the midsize SUV sales race last year, and continues to hold that position. However, while many SUVs are struggling to sell at the moment, Nissan dealerships have managed to move 15.4 percent more Murano models this year than during the same period in 2019.

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