Nissan Murano

#5 in Midsize SUVs Overall Score: 8.5 / 10
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2017 Nissan Murano Overview

The 2017 Nissan Murano ranks 5 out of 19 Midsize SUVs.

The 2017 Nissan Murano offers the comfort, performance and refinement typical of luxury SUVs, but without the hefty price tag. Its interior outclasses those of most competing vehicles, and it delivers a cushioned, smooth ride over most surfaces. However, you may wish it were a bit more engaging to drive.

SEATING


5

MPG


21

  CITY


28

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD, AWD

HP


260
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Pros & Cons

  • Posh cabin
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Intuitive tech features
  • Fuel-efficient for a V6 SUV
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Slow steering response

Notable for 2017

  • Apple CarPlay now available

Nissan Murano Rankings and Research

The 2017 Nissan Murano ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 3_5

Rankings

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2017 Nissan Murano Review

By Alexa Lardieri August 4, 2017

The 2017 Nissan Murano offers the comfort, performance and refinement typical of luxury SUVs, but without the hefty price tag. Its interior outclasses those of most competing vehicles, and it delivers a cushioned, smooth ride over most surfaces. However, you may wish it were a bit more engaging to drive.

Is the Nissan Murano a Good SUV?

The Nissan Murano is a good SUV and should be near the top of your shopping list. It's a well-rounded vehicle that has the latest technology, an upscale interior, and excellent fuel economy. It's also a safe and reliable crossover that boasts excellent safety scores and is recognized as a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also has an impressive track record of reliability and a long list of safety features. In addition to all that, we named the Nissan Murano the 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class. 

Should I Buy the Nissan Murano?

If you're looking for a luxury midsize SUV without the lofty price tag (or luxury brand marque) that goes with it, the Murano is a great choice. It's a vehicle with an abundance of soft-touch surfaces, excellent build quality, and attractive accents in upper trims. Add to that the Murano's extremely comfortable seats that provide supreme all-day comfort and you may never want to get out of it. You also get function with that styling, as the Murano has an incredibly responsive and intuitive infotainment system with smartphone integration capabilities. Its handling is composed, and it smoothly sails over most surfaces. However, you may wish for sharper steering and more powerful acceleration. If performance is more important to you than style, consider a vehicle like the Ford Edge.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Pieces of Data Analyzed

To help you decide if the 2017 Nissan Murano is right for you, we analyzed 28 different pieces of research from around the auto industry. That research includes data points like crash test and reliability ratings from independent agencies and reviews of the Murano written by professional car reviewers. In short, we’ve done all your research for you and used it to inform our expert analysis so you can make a smart buying decision for your new car. The Murano was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and has seen few changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 through 2017 model years. 

Why You Can Trust Us

With 75 years of combined experience and nearly a decade’s worth of reviewing cars under our belts, our autos team is uniquely equipped to provide the kind of know-how and decision-making help that car buyers want and need. You can count on us to provide objective analysis of the vehicles we cover. Our editorial team does not accept expensive gifts or trips paid for by car companies, and any advertising you see on our site is handled by a third party.

How Much Does the Nissan Murano Cost?

The 2017 Nissan Murano has a starting price of $29,770, which is a little below average for a vehicle in the midsize SUV class. It comes standard with popular features such as Bluetooth, a push-button start, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch display. However, it isn't until the SV trim, which starts at $32,970, that you get an 8-inch touch screen and smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay. This feature is newly available for this model year.  The highest trim, the Platinum, starts at $39,610 and adds features like heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. There are multiple packages available, ranging from $890 to $2,260. They add features like a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, and predictive forward collision warning.

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Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Ford Edge?

For superior performance, you'll want to look to the Ford Edge. Not only does it have a lower starting price than the Murano, at $28,950, but it also has a faster shifting gearbox and multiple engine options. The Edge's base 245-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has plenty of power to handle city and highway driving. The Edge also has two additional, more powerful engines available: a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and the Edge Sport's 315-horsepower 2.7-liter V6. The 3.5-liter engine's 20 extra horsepower helps deliver faster acceleration off the line, but the Sport model's performance really outshines the Murano's. The Edge Sport has superior acceleration, a more dynamic ride, standard all-wheel drive (AWD), and athletic handling. It also has adaptive steering, which continuously changes the steering ratio to help provide better feedback. (Reviewers note that the Murano's steering lacks feedback.) However, this superior performance only comes in the Sport model, which starts at $40,400. Though the Sport comes standard with features such as leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker sound system, a hands-free foot-activated liftgate, rear park assist, a rearview camera, and Siri Eyes Free, you can get similar features for $3,100 less on the Murano. That price also includes safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring, which don't come standard in the Edge's Sport model but can be added through available packages. Unless you're looking for a vehicle with performance chops, and you can afford to splurge on the Edge's upgrades, the Murano is the way to go.

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Nissan Pathfinder?

At $30,290, the Nissan Pathfinder has a slightly higher starting price than the Murano, but it adds a third row and more cargo space. The Pathfinder and Murano have similar features, which makes sense since they're not only made by the same company, but they're in the same class as well. However, unless you really need that additional row and space, it's hard to recommend the Pathfinder over the Murano. The Pathfinder has a mediocre interior design that is missing the style and high-quality materials that are used throughout the Murano's interior. Its performance also lags behind the Murano's with a harsh ride quality that is rough over bumps and dips in the road. By comparison, the Murano is composed with a smooth ride over most surfaces.

Which Is Better: Nissan Murano or Nissan Rogue?

The Rogue, a compact crossover that starts at $23,820, is another Nissan family member. The Murano has a better overall package than the Rogue, with more standard advanced features (some of which are not offered in the Rogue), and a more powerful V6 engine, but if you're looking to save some cash, the Rogue is a good way to do it. The Rogue may be a compact SUV, but it seats up to seven people if you go for the available third row. Cargo space is also similar, with the Rogue actually beating the Murano. The Murano has 31.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats and 67 behind the first row. The Rogue has 39.3 cubic feet behind the second row of seats and 70 behind the first row. It has 9.4 cubic feet behind the optional third row. The Rogue is the more fuel efficient car, with 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, compared to the Murano's 21/28 mpg city/highway. 

With a decrease in price, however, comes a decrease in features. The Rogue has three trims and Apple CarPlay isn't available in any of them – it is available in the Murano's second trim, which starts at $32,970. The Rogue's second trim starts at $25,240 and adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. You won't get safety features like that in the Murano until you upgrade to the SL trim, which starts at $37,300. Even a fully loaded Rogue won't run you more than about $33,000, and you'll still get many features the Murano offers, such as a panoramic moonroof, leather upholstery, a hands-free liftgate, and heated seats. The Rogue may not be as luxurious as the Murano, but for a lot less money you can get a vehicle with good technology, a large and versatile cargo area, and excellent fuel economy.

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Murano Interior

How Many People Does the Murano Seat?

The 2017 Nissan Murano seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.
Nissan designed the Murano's seats with aerospace technology in mind. Its "Zero Gravity" seats are made to reduce pressure on your body. During lengthy road trips, these comfortable seats may reduce the number of times you have to stop to stretch. Additionally, there is plenty of room in both rows, which comfortably fit four adults. If you're looking for a 3-row SUV, consider the Nissan Pathfinder, which comes standard with a third row, or the Nissan Rogue, which offers an optional third row.
The Murano has good visibility out the front and side windows, but its rearward visibility, especially to the sides, is hindered by its large roof pillars. Poor rearward visibility is fairly typical of midsize SUVs, so the Murano's standard rearview camera is a much-appreciated asset.

Murano and Car Seats

The Murano's LATCH car seat system consists of complete sets of lower anchors and upper tethers in the rear outboard seats and an upper tether in the rear middle seat. There is plenty of room to install child seats, and it is easy to connect them to the lower anchors, but locating the anchors can be difficult because they're set deep in the seat. The optional leather upholstery is stiff, which further obstructs access to the lower anchors. In addition, the middle seat's buckle is shorter than the outboard seats' buckles and is harder to reach when installing booster seats.

Murano Interior Quality

The 2017 Nissan Murano boasts one of the most luxurious cabins in the class. In fact, the cabin's first-rate materials and handsome, curvy dashboard design might be confused with that of a luxury midsize SUV. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and upper Murano trims offer leather and wood grain accents that create an even more upscale look and feel. The Ford EdgeNissan Pathfinder, and Nissan Rogue's interiors all pale in comparison to the Murano's.

Murano Cargo Space

The Nissan Murano has 31.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row of seats and 67 cubic feet behind the first row. That's enough to transport a queen-sized bed. Those measurements are typical for both 2- and 3-row midsize SUVs, though the Ford EdgeNissan Pathfinder, and Nissan Rogue all have more room behind their front seats. The Edge has 73.4 cubic feet behind its first row, the Pathfinder has 79.8 cubic feet, and the Rogue has 70 cubic feet of space behind its first row in both 2- and 3-row models. A power liftgate is optional in the Murano to make loading your cargo easier, and the 60/40 split-folding back seats are easy to collapse, thanks to the simple spring pull-lever in the cargo bay.

Murano Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Murano's standard features list includes a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch display. Available features include a panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, a 360-degree camera, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and an upgraded NissanConnect system with an 8-inch touch screen.

If you find yourself frequently changing the radio station or adjusting climate settings while in the car, you'll appreciate the Murano's straightforward, easily accessible physical controls for those functions. If you want a touch screen for more-advanced tasks, upgrade to the NissanConnect infotainment system with the 8-inch touch screen. You'll enjoy a high-resolution screen that you can easily see, even in bright sunlight. The system is also quick to respond to your inputs and easy to operate. The Nissan Pathfinder also has an intuitive infotainment system and comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay.

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Murano Performance

Murano Engine: Adequate Acceleration

The Nissan Murano comes with a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces sufficient acceleration for most driving needs, but it won't get the midsize SUV moving very quickly. Its standard continuously variable transmission (CVT), which functions like an automatic, earns praise as one of the better CVTs on the market. CVTs are often criticized for their noisiness, but the Murano's is one of the better systems available, and it makes good use of the engine's power. However, the Ford Edge's six-speed auto transmission provides quicker acceleration.

Murano Gas Mileage: Excellent Fuel Economy

With both standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive (AWD), the Murano gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the best fuel estimates in the class and similar to the Ford Edge (20/29 mpg city/highway) and Nissan Pathfinder (20/27 mpg city/highway). You'll spend about $18 in gas on a drive from New York City to Baltimore, Maryland.

Murano Ride and Handling: Comfort Over Cornering

The Murano is far from a sporty handler, but this is normal for a midsize SUV. It has decent composure around turns but could use more steering feedback and less body roll. Where the Murano shines is ride comfort. It delivers a smooth, cushy ride over most surfaces – as long as you stick to one of the lower trims with 18-inch wheels. The Platinum trim's 20-inchers make the ride jarring when you drive over rougher surfaces. The Ford Edge is one of the few midsize SUVs that has agile and responsive handling, and it even drives like some smaller cars. 

Front-wheel drive is standard in the Nissan Murano. While it's by no means an off-road SUV, when equipped with optional AWD, the Murano performs admirably in snowy conditions.

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Murano Reliability

Is the Nissan Murano Reliable?

The 2017 Murano received a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is a slightly above average rating and better than what its midsize SUV sibling, the Nissan Pathfinder, received: just 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Nissan Murano Warranty

Nissan covers the 2017 Murano with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Nissan's Rogue and Pathfinder, as well as the Ford Edge have the same warranty length, but the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe are class leaders a with five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Murano Safety

Murano Crash Test Results

In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash tests, the Murano receives an overall four-out-of-five-star rating. It earns the highest NHTSA rating of five stars in side crash tests and four stars in front and rollover crash tests. The Murano receives the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and a score of Superior in front crash prevention. It also earns a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. Class competitor the Nissan Pathfinder receives the same scores from IIHS, as well as a Top Safety Pick title. The Ford Edge receives scores of Good in four out of five IIHS crash test categories (receiving an Acceptable in small overlap front test results).

Murano Safety Features

Standard safety features in the Murano consist only of a rearview camera. Available safety features include a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a driver drowsiness monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and forward automatic emergency braking. The Nissan Pathfinder offers these features as well but also offers rear park assist. The Ford Edge doesn't have a 360-degree camera, but it does offer a 180-degree front camera, as well as lane keep assist.

The Murano offers one safety advantage over most rival cars: the available Around View Monitor, which uses a system of cameras to create a 360-degree image of the car's surroundings and helps you avoid collisions in multiple directions. Only the Kia Sorento and Nissan Pathfinder offer similar systems in this class.

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Which Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Nissan Murano has a below-average starting price of $29,770 but doesn't skimp on standard features. It comes with popular features like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch display. To add a touch screen and smartphone integration, you'll need to go beyond the base trim to the SV trim, which starts at $32,970. That extra $3,200 gets you advanced tech features like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, remote engine start, and navigation. If it's luxury you want, you'll have to pay $37,300 for the SL trim, which gets you leather upholstery, heated front seats, and advanced safety features. Available packages for the SV trim will get you some of these features, but not all. Most people will want to skip the top-of-the-line Platinum model because it costs $39,610 and doesn't add anything spectacular for the extra money.

You'll stretch your dollar the most if you go with the SV trim and add the Premium package for $2,540. That brings your total to $35,510 (still less than the next highest SL trim) and you'll get SL features like an 11-speaker Bose sound system, heated front seats, plus a panoramic moonroof, which doesn't even come standard in the SL. You can also add the Driver Assistance package for $900 (still less expensive than the SL trim) and get a 360-degree camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. That brings your grand total to $36,410, which is still $890 less than the SL trim.

A 3.5-liter V6 engine and an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard in all Murano models. Front-wheel drive is also standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. 

Nissan Murano S

The Murano S is the base model. It has a starting price of $29,770, and it comes with a rearview camera, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display. An available $890 package gets you navigation, HD Radio, predictive traffic, and a rear-seat USB port.

Nissan Murano SV

The Murano SV, priced at $32,970, adds remote engine start, power-adjustable front seats, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a rear-seat USB port. There are two packages available for this trim ranging from $900 to $2,540. They add features like a panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, and blind spot monitoring.

Nissan Murano SL

With the Murano SL, starting at $37,300, you’ll get leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, a 360-degree camera, an 11-speaker sound system with dual subwoofers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring. There is one package available for the SL trim. The SL Technology package ($2,260) adds features like adaptive cruise control, a panoramic moonroof, forward emergency braking, and predictive forward collision warning.

Nissan Murano Platinum

The top-of-the-line Murano Platinum, priced at $39,610, comes with ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power rear seatbacks, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with position memory. A $2,260 Platinum Technology package is available and adds a panoramic moonroof, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning.

Who Makes the Nissan Murano?

The Murano is made by Nissan Motor Company, a Japanese car manufacturer headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. However, the Nissan Murano is built in Canton, Mississippi. More than half of the vehicle's parts are sourced from the U.S., but the transmission is sourced from Mexico.

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The Final Call

Its below-class-average starting price of $29,770 and appealing standard and available features and packages make the Nissan Murano a vehicle that should be near the top of your shopping list for a midsize SUV. It has an upscale interior, excellent fuel economy, the latest technology and safety features, and an intuitive infotainment system. It also has a composed and smooth ride. It sails over most surfaces with little disturbance, but it could use more steering feedback and less body roll. The Ford Edge offers better handling and overall performance, and the Nissan Pathfinder and Rogue both offer more cargo and seating space, but none can match the Murano's overall package.

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
  • "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)
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