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2012 Nissan Murano Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Nissan Murano was new.


Interior: 8.4

Test drivers say the Nissan Murano’s cabin is nearly at the same level of quality and luxury as an Infiniti, which is rare to find in an affordable midsize SUV. The Murano CrossCabriolet’s interior is particularly upscale, befitting its luxury-level price tag.

  • "Cabin-assembly quality is good. Abundant soft and padded surfaces add to overall quality feel. Aluminum trim on console and dash add upscale appeal. Though fake, LE's wood-grain accents lend warmth and a more-upscale ambiance. The CrossCabriolet's blend of wood and leather adds a slightly more upscale feel to the cabin.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even the base S trim sports an interior so rich and inviting you'd swear you were looking at a more expensive model.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “By all accounts of what we see inside, the CrossCab should be an Infiniti rather than a Nissan. It is just that nice – and so is the normal-roofed Murano.” -- Left Lane News


The Nissan Murano hardtop can seat up to five, while the CrossCabriolet has seating for four with standard leather upholstery. Most reviewers find the hardtop Murano's two rows of seats very comfortable, though a few reviewers have gripes about the rear middle seat. That’s typical for the class, however. Some testers thought that the seats could use better bolstering for sporty driving.

One of the best parts of the Murano CrossCabriolet is its adult-sized rear seat. While most convertibles have a back seat that’s barely roomy enough for kids, reviewers say that two adults can sit comfortably in the CrossCab’s rear seat, with plenty of shoulder room and legroom. If you’d like a convertible but frequently have adult passengers, the CrossCabriolet is your best bet. Reviewers also appreciate the convertible top’s skylight, which helps it feel a bit less claustrophobic in the back seat. However, one complains that the power-sliding front seat takes a long time to move out of the way so that back-seat passengers can get it.

  • "There is ample head and leg room, more so than in the Mazda CX-7, and the reclining rear seatbacks make for a more comfortable seating position.” -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “And unlike a typical two-door, four-seater, you can actually load a pair of adult friends in back and still have them arrive without the need to visit a chiropractor following your journey.” -- Left Lane News (CrossCabriolet)
  • “And there’s not a bad seat in the house: all four seats offer plenty of leg, hip, and shoulder space.” -- Car and Driver (CrossCabriolet)
  • "Large-adult room and comfort (in the front seat), but the wide seat backs could use more side bolstering, as the available leather seats can be slippery in turns. … Six-footers have good headroom, even beneath the sunroof housing.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “Also, accessing the rear seats requires a tedious motorized process of moving the front seats forward. Unless your passengers plan a Dukes of Hazzard-style slide-in, they’ll need to be patient.” -- Popular Mechanics (CrossCabriolet)

Interior Features

The Nissan Murano comes with more standard features than most other affordable crossovers offer. The base S model comes with dual-zone automatic temperature control, keyless entry with push-button start, a tilt and telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped shift knob and a six-disc CD changer. Many of the Nissan’s competitors don’t even offer some of those features as options on their base trims.

 SV models add iPod connectivity and Bluetooth, while SL models add an 11-speaker Bose audio system. Top-of-the-line LE trims also come standard with interior wood trim, heated rear seats and a power-adjustable steering column. A navigation system is available on SL, LE and CrossCabriolet models.

The CrossCabriolet comes with most of the standard features that the Murano LE offers, though it doesn’t have some features that come on some hardtop models, like rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated rear seats. It comes with an eight-speaker Bose audio system that’s not offered on other trims, plus speakers that adjust the stereo volume when the convertible top is up or down.

  • “Most controls are easy to reach and use, but a few switches are mounted on a shelf under the center stack and in front of the console. The navigation system is easy to use, and most audio and climate functions are separate.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “From a features standpoint, the Murano CrossCabriolet is loaded.” -- Car and Driver
  • "The available iPod adapter interface proved easy to use when scrolling through the menus and songs, but less helpful when looking for specific artists that appear alphabetically on the bottom of the list.” -- Kelley Blue Book


With the rear seats in use, the Murano's cargo space measures a competitive 31.8 cubic feet (31.6 with the optional moonroof). With the rear seats folded down, this increases to 64.5 cubic feet (64 with the moonroof). That’s a bit small for a five-seat SUV.

Like most convertibles, the CrossCabriolet’s cargo space lags far behind its hardtop sibling’s. It offers a puny 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the top up, and that number decreases when the top folds down into the trunk. The Chrysler 200 convertible’s trunk is actually bigger, with 13.3 cubic feet of space with the top up.

  • "There's a nifty pop-up grocery organizer first seen in the Rogue, as well as one-pull rear-seat releases in the cargo bay. The rear seats motor back into place with the push of a button either on the dashboard or next to the release lever in the rear." -- Edmunds
  • "If only Nissan could have carved out a little more space in the trunk, which holds a mere 12 cubic feet with the top raised and a paltry eight when the top is down. That’s about right for a convertible but shy of the regular Murano’s minimum capacity by 20 cubes with the top up." -- Car and Driver (CrossCabriolet)

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