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2013 Nissan Murano Review

The used 2013 Nissan Murano rises to the top of its competitive class, thanks to its refined handling, upscale interior, and great reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride and handling
  • Classy interior design
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Slim rear seats and cargo space in Murano CrossCabriolet

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Nissan Murano's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 62 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 8.9
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2013 Nissan Murano Overview

Is the 2013 Nissan Murano a Good Used SUV?

The Nissan Murano is an excellent option for those shopping for a used midsize SUV. The 2-row Murano is pleasant to drive, and its interior is roomy and well appointed. It has a reputation for great reliability as well, so you’re likely to have few major issues. That said, you’ll want to look elsewhere if you need an SUV that seats seven – such as the Toyota Highlander or Chevy Traverse. Avoid the Murano CrossCabriolet, as it sacrifices cargo and seating space for a convertible roof.

Used 2013 Nissan Murano Performance and Interior

The Nissan Murano has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The potent V6 and smooth CVT scoot the Murano up to speed briskly and provide robust passing power at higher speeds. The CVT earns particular praise for its refinement, which isn’t always the norm with this type of transmission. Fuel economy is unexceptional by class standards, however, at just 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The heavier Murano CrossCabriolet lowers these ratings to 17/22 mpg.

The Murano’s suspension emphasizes ride comfort over cornering agility. Still, the SUV feels fairly stable around corners. Its power steering is responsive, and the brakes provide good stopping power. Rough pavement doesn’t upset the Murano’s smooth ride too much, either. However, the CrossCabriolet tends to lean more in corners and feels far less composed. The Murano has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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The Nissan Murano is a 2-row SUV with five seats. Its front seats are comfortable at all times and supportive on longer drives, offering generous head- and legroom. The rear seats are similarly spacious, and they offer two sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Forward visibility is excellent, but the SUV’s slender rear windows limit side visibility. The Murano has 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 64 cubic feet with them folded. By comparison, the Murano CrossCabriolet only seats four, and its cramped second row has far less legroom. The CrossCabriolet also has a tiny 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, due to the design of its power-retractable soft top.

The Murano’s cabin remains quiet at highway speeds and its materials feel nice, especially in higher trim levels. The audio and climate controls are intuitively arranged, making them easy to use on the go. All models have a 7-inch display, a CD player, and keyless entry. Available features include a USB input, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a responsive touch screen with navigation.

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Used 2013 Nissan Murano Prices

The price of a used 2013 Murano ranges from around $12,300 for a base S model to $19,500 for an LE AWD model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 62 Reviews Analyzed

This overview includes fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test scores, and much more. We've also researched 62 Nissan Murano reviews to help you decide if the 2013 Murano is the right SUV for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Murano?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Murano scores of Good – the highest available – for moderate overlap front crash safety, side impact, and seat safety. It received a Marginal rating for roof strength. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the SUV a perfect five-star rating in side crash tests. It received four stars in overall, front, and rollover testing.

The 2013 Murano is available with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert are available on SL and LE trims only.

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Is the 2013 Murano the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model year is a good starting point when shopping for a used Murano. A suite of advanced safety features became available in 2013, which include blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. The Murano saw no major updates in 2014, so you can save money by shopping for 2013 models. If these safety features aren’t a priority, consider 2011 and 2012 models to save even more.

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Which Used Nissan Murano Is Right for Me?

The Murano comes in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, LE, and CrossCabriolet. The Nissan Murano S has a 7-inch display, a CD player, auxiliary audio input, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, cruise control, and alloy wheels.

The Nissan Murano SV trim comes with a rearview camera, a USB input, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The Nissan Murano SL adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a Bose sound system, a dual-panel moonroof, a power liftgate, and rain-sensing wipers. The Nissan Murano LE trim offers heated rear seats. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet adds a power convertible soft top. Available features include a suite of active safety features, rear-seat DVD screens, and a touch-screen navigation system.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned Murano. For its CPO vehicles, Nissan extends the new car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2013 Nissan Murano and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Murano or 2013 Ford Edge?

Like the Murano, the 2013 Ford Edge is another good midsize SUV. Both crossovers have refined handling, potent engine options, well-built interiors, and similar cargo space. The Edge offers better fuel economy and extra safety features like forward collision warning. Still, the Murano is a better overall pick, thanks to its much simpler infotainment system and stronger reliability.

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Murano or 2013 Nissan Rogue?

The compact Nissan Rogue gets better fuel economy than the midsize Murano, and used models are typically far less expensive. However, the Murano is still the better SUV. The Rogue’s transmission and engine have some refinement issues, which make the SUV feel rather pokey. The Rogue also has fewer available features, its infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly, and it rates lower for reliability.

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Murano or 2013 Nissan Pathfinder?

Nissan redesigned the Pathfinder for 2013. While this 3-row SUV offers more seating and cargo space than its Murano sibling, it’s not a better buy. The Pathfinder rates poorly for reliability, and its CVT transmission is known to shudder and shake during certain driving conditions.

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